Welcome to the Veterinary Pharmacology Chapter Website

On this site you will find links to the Science Week Proceedings, Chapter News and also information about the chapter administration.

Please contact Dennis Scott if you have any suggestions about the chapter website, or news you would like to share.


Further Your Professional Continuing Education AND Get A Qualification Recognised By Your Peers! Have you thought of sitting the membership examination of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists but been daunted by the task of updating your knowledge? Help is available.


Key Benefits

· practical skills to make informed decisions about a key tool of a practising veterinarian – the drugs that are used in daily practice

· review and update of veterinary pharmacology

· an understanding of the regulatory framework

· the opportunity to make professional contacts with clinical, government and industry veterinarians and

· up-to-date study modules for busy people. Seven study modules provide background material and study guides to help candidates, be they veterinarians in clinical practice, government or industry.

Titles include:

1. Principles of drug disposition and action.

2. Systems pharmacology.

3. Chemotherapy.

4. Principles of toxicology.

5. Immunology and vaccines.

6. The pharmaceutical Industry and drug development.

7. Drug legislation in Australia or New Zealand.

Each study module has a mentor appointed to assist with questions about the study program. Past examination papers are provided to help candidates. The program of study can be completed in about 18 months and concludes with College written and oral examinations.

The next study course begins in 2014 for examinations in June/July 2016. A two-day Candidates Workshop will be programmed for July 2015 where candidates are encouraged to attend to present a review of a chosen section of their study plan. This dissertation is not examinable, but the reviews benefit all participants.

The examination consists of two written papers, each of two hours duration and consisting of 4 sections, each of equal marks. The first paper will consist of pharmacological theory, the second applied pharmacology. There is no choice offered.

In addition their will be one oral paper of one hour duration consisting of 8 questions.

For Australian candidates, the Veterinary Pharmacology Study Course costs A$900, which includes study modules, postage within Australia, mentoring and copyright fees etc.

For New Zealand candidates, the Veterinary Pharmacology Study Course costs NZ$990, which includes study modules, postage to New Zealand, mentoring and copyright fees etc. New Zealand candidates may pay the Chapter directly in local currency.

Further information is available by contacting the Course Coordinator Dr. Richard L’Estrange, email Richard.L’Estrange@zoetis.com 

Please send applications to undertake the Veterinary Pharmacology Study Course to Richard L’Estrange Zoetis Australia Unit 8, 67 Miller St, Murarrie, QLD 4172 Phone:  +61 419 291 854 Fax : +61 7 3633 3500 Mobile : 0419291854 Email : Richard.L’Estrange@zoetis.com

Please note the summary of all relevant fees listed below:

VPSC FeeA$900 / NZ$990
Deferment Fee (this fee is payable if the examination is deferred.)A$50 / NZ$60
ANZCVS Examination Fee (This fee is currently set at A$1000.00 and is indexed to increase annually.

The examination fee must be paid in A$ directly to the College at latest 31 October 2015, that is, 8 months before the College examinations in June 2016).A$1000 (likely to be adjusted)