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Pharmacotherapeutics for Veterinary Dispensing — “The Purple Book”
  • Edited by Dr. Katrina Mealey, a veterinarian and board certified veterinary pharmacologist
  • Comprehensive pharmacotherapy for canine, feline and equine therapeutics
  • Detailed descriptions of veterinary drug law and regulation
    • Note these change frequently so it is important to be aware of current federal and state laws
  • Foundational veterinary compounding information/concepts included


Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook / Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs
  • Comprehensive drug monographs which include highlights, uses, pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, dosages by species, storage, and more.
  • Great resource for checking commercially available dosage forms
  • Drug interaction checker
  • Calculator
  • Appendix (BSA chart, species-specific vital signs, etc.)
  • Drug-specific veterinary medication guides to provide to clients
  • Information updated in real time


Saunders Handbook of Veterinary Drugs: Small and Large Animal
    • Over 550 comprehensive drug monographs
    • Customizable education handouts for clients available on companion website


Equine Clinical Pharmacology
    • Other resources are not as extensive for equine dosing information, so this may be needed if treating a large equine population
Exotic Animal Formulary (“Carpenter’s)
    • The only drug formulary created solely for the treatment of exotic animals
      • birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, primates, wildlife, etc.
    • Contributions from more than 20 exotic animal experts
The Merck Veterinary Manual
    • Discusses specific conditions located in various anatomic systems
    • Pharmacology section included (provides comprehensive dosing and indication tables)
Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank — “FARAD”
    • Very important resource for veterinarians and pharmacists who provide care for food-producing animals
    • Congressionally mandated drug residue avoidance risk management program supported by the US Department of Agriculture
    • Assists with withdrawal time determination
Other Valuable Resources:
  • Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • BSAVA Small Animal Formulary (UK)
  • Compendium of Veterinary Products
  • International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS)
  • Veterinary Information Network (VIN)
    • Members only resource, community setting might not have access to this
    • Not all information is accurate so use professional judgment
  • Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Research in Veterinary Science
  • Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Veterinary Clinics of North America
  • Today’s Veterinary Practice
Professional Organizations
  • Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists (SVHP)
  • American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT)
  • American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP)

These organizations provide collaboration opportunities, networking resources, and continuing education (CE) in addition to informational resources.

Verified Compounded Formulation Sources
  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
  • Trissel’s Stability of Compounded Formulations
  • International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC)
  • Primary literature