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This Drug and Disease assignment has been prepared for the capstone course Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (SCV 262). Students take the course in the last semester of the 2-year AAS degree in Veterinary Technology at LaGuardia Community College. Students completing this assignment are second year (junior), clinical phase students. In this course, students are introduced to concepts in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, providing a basis for an applied, systems-based introduction to veterinary drugs. The course also introduces concepts in pharmacy management and toxicology. As a capstone course, this course assignment provides a basis for students to apply veterinary medical knowledge and practice communicating this application in both written and oral formats. The assignment typically takes students several weeks to complete and is worth 20% of the final grade.

The Drug and Disease assignment asks students to choose a veterinary drug (from an instructor-created list) and connect this drug with an associated veterinary disease that can be treated with it. Students are encouraged to use research, experience from prior veterinary technology coursework (Introduction to Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Pathophysiology, Veterinary Nursing, Veterinary Laboratory Techniques and Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology) along with clinical experience to support this investigation.

Students are first asked to demonstrate their ability to make logical (medically-sound), technician-level connections and conclusions about the drug and disease by writing a research paper. They then are asked to participate in a mock-client discharge/interview about the drug and disease that they have researched.

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