Veterinary Pharmacotherapy: Infectious Disease, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Module 1, covers pneumonia, kennel cough, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Lyme disease (which is quite common in animals in Minnesota); Feline herpesvirus, bite wounds, and zoonotic diseases.
In Module 2, Ophthalmology, we cover common pet eye conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, uveitis and corneal ulcers.
Module 3, Dermatology, discusses atopic dermatitis (oral treatments as well as topicals), otitis media and externa, mange, and demedex (or demodicosis).


Veterinary Pharmacotherapy: Infectious Disease, Ophthmalology, Dermatology is a 5 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 Infectious Disease
Module 2 Ophthalmology
Module 3 Dermatology
Graded Exam Final Assessment


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

  1. Identify the conditions listed below in cats and dogs;
  2. Apply appropriate therapeutic use of medications in the disease states listed below; and
  3. 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. Infectious Disease
    • i. Pneumonia
    • ii. Bite wounds
    • iii. Feline herpesvirus
    • iv. FeLV and FIV
    • v. Worms
    • vi. Zoonotic diseases
  • b. Ophthalmologic conditions
    • i. Corneal ulcers
    • ii. Uveitis
    • iii. Glaucoma
    • iv. Cataracts
  • c. Dermatology
    • i. Atopic dermatitis
    • ii. Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia
    • iii. Otitis media & externa
    • iv. Sarcoptic mange

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.
JA logo 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 0031-0000-16-020-H04-P. Initial release: July, 2016. Expiration Date: July, 2019. This knowledge-based online activity has been approved for 5.0 contact hours.

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