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Veterinary Drug Resources


Information Provided

 Pharmacotherapeutics for Veterinary Dispensing

 “Purple Book” (Katrina L Mealey)

  • Common disease state summaries for canine and felines
  • Recommended pharmacotherapy options for specific disease states
  • Compounding considerations
 Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook
  • Provides detailed drug information 
    • Mechanism of action
    • Dosages organized by species
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Adverse effects
    • Warnings/Precautions
  • Drug interaction checker
  • Commercial products available
  • Compounding considerations
 Saunders Handbook of Veterinary Drugs: Small and Large   Animal (Mark G Papich)
  • Provides similar information as Plumb’s (see above)
  • Dosing information primarily canines and felines
 Equine Clinical Pharmacology
  • Provides drug information and dosing for horses 
 Exotic Animal Formulary (Carpenter’s)
  • Provides drug dosing for exotic animals backed by primary literature and/or expert experience
 The Merck Veterinary Manual 
  • Detailed discussions about veterinary disease states
 Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD)
  • List of food-producing animals
  • Provides withdrawal times for medications given to food-producing animals 


Resources for Verified Compound Formulations:

  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
    • Provides drug monographs and beyond use dates
  • Trissel’s Stability of Compounded Formulations
  • International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC)


Professional Organizations: (resources, continuing education, guidelines, etc.)

  • Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacist (SVHP)
  • American College of Veterinary Pharmacist (ACVP)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT)
  • American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP)