Veterinary Pharmacotherapy: Foundations and Endocrinology, Module 1, provides an overview of the legal foundations that govern veterinarians and veterinary pharmacists, as well as laws surrounding compounding. Modules 2 and 3 discuss endocrinology concerns of cats and dogs, which commonly require long-term medication.


Veterinary Pharmacotherapy: Introduction and Endocrine is a 3.25 Contact Hour activity which includes required video presentations and readings, recommended resources, an online self-assessment quiz, and a graded exam.

Module Topics
Module 1 Introduction to Veterinary Pharmacotherapy
Module 2 Endocrine I: Diabetes, Addison's Disease, Cushing's Disease
Module 3 Endocrine II: Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
Graded Exam Final Assessment


After completing this continuing education program successfully, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the laws and regulations regarding pharmacy as it pertains to veterinary products, veterinary pharmacy and compounding medications.
  2. Identify the conditions listed below in cats and dogs;
  3. Apply appropriate therapeutic use of medications in the disease states listed below; and
  4. Compare and contrast therapies for disease states similar to those listed below occurring in humans, and how their therapies are similar and/or different.
  • a. Endocrine disorders
    • i. Canine hypothyroidism
    • ii. Feline hyperthyroidism
    • iii. Diabetes
    • iv. Cushing’s syndrome
    • v. Addison’s disease

Key Benefits

Community pharmacists know that more and more pet owners are asking for pet medications from their local pharmacy, which can be more convenient and less expensive than getting them from their veterinarian. 

But, the ways dogs and cats process medications can be much different than how humans process the same drugs--so what pharmacists have learned about medications in humans isn't enough. 

Our four Veterinary Pharmacotherapy continuing education activities help fill this gap. Learn about common companion animal disease states and how medications address these problems, with guidance for educating pet owners about their pets' medications.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Following completion of the online activity, successful completion (70% or greater) of the activity assessment, and submission of the activity evaluation, participants will have access to an electronic statement of credit within four weeks. Statements of credit will be available via the CPE Management System.

The Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0031-0000-16-018-H04-P. Initial release: July, 2016. Expiration Date: July, 2019. This knowledge-based online activity has been approved for 3.25 contact hours.

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