34198 - Veterinary Pharmacology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Course contents

Drugs. Chemical name, common name and commercial name.

Passage of drugs through membranes.

Drugs with systemic action, pH and absorption and/or renal elimination. Pharmaceutical forms.

Biotransformation of drugs. Main pharmacokinetic parameters and their significance. Bioavailability. Plasma half-life.

Correlation between the pharmacokinetic parameters and the different administration routes or formulations.

Relationship between pharmacokinetics and the presence of residues in food of animal origin. Problems related to the presence of drug residues in food of animal origin intended for humans.

Legislation relating to residues. Reg. 470/2009 and 2377/90. Relationship between ADI and MRL. Tables Reg. 37/2010.

Experimental protocol for evaluation of withdrawal time.

EMA for veterinary drugs.

National plan for residue research (NRP 2021).


1) Slides of the course.

For further information please refer to the following texts:

2) Belloli C., Carli S., Ormas P. Farmacologia Veterinaria, Idelson-Gnocchi, Napoli, II edizione 2021.

3) Nebbia C., Residui di farmaci e contaminanti ambientali nelle produzioni animali, EdiSES, Napoli, 2009

Teaching methods

From September 2020, the classrooms will be equipped with technological infrastructures to allow for mixed teaching, both in presence and remotely. A classical teaching method of the lectures is used. However, during the lessons the participation of the students who can ask for clarification or deepening of the subject matter will be encouraged. We will try to keep the students' attention by asking them questions related to the topic under discussion. Furthermore, the discussion on the problems related to the main therapeutic compounds used in aquaculture and to the Community legislation on residues of drugs in edible tissues of aquatic organisms will be encouraged. Practical exercises and quizzes using IOL or Kahoot, will be proposed to improve understanding.

Assessment methods

The Veterinary Pharmacology course is a module of the integrated course of APPLIED VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY. The exam consists of an oral test and will be performed concurrently with the Veterinary Toxicology exam. Based on the safety requirements relating to COVID-19, the test can be carried out in the presence or remotely by means of Teams. The oral exam aims to verify the acquisition of knowledge provided by the course. The exam consists of at least two questions for each module paying attention to favor correlations between the topics covered in the two different modules so as to verify also the student's reasoning ability. The final grade is the arithmetic mean of the marks obtained in the two didactic modules and is expressed in thirtieths.

Teaching tools


Office hours

See the website of Paola Roncada

See the website of Annalisa Zaccaroni