Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians,
3rd Edition

Janet Amundson Romich, Sarah Wagner

ISBN-13: 9780357361474
Copyright 2021 | Published
736 pages | List Price: USD $111.95

Want to be indispensable to your veterinary care team? Instead of memorizing drug names, elevate your understanding of the drugs used to treat animal patients with Romich’s FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS, 3E. Following a body-systems approach, you build a foundation knowledge about important drugs, their actions and potentially harmful effects, diseases the drugs treat, how to administer drugs safely and most effectively, and much more. And to make what you’re learning practical, chapters cover veterinary technician roles, dosage calculations, legal requirements, pharmacy management, job duties and clinical tips. The MindTap platform also offers digital resources such as practice quizzes, games, drug updates, and other supplemental resources for use during your course, while studying for certification exams and in your career.


1. A Brief History of Veterinary Pharmacology.
2. Veterinary Drug Development and Control.
3. Principles and Methods of Drug Administration.
4. Pharmacokinetics.
5. Veterinary Drug Use, Prescribing, Acquisition, and Pharmacy Management.
6. Systems of Measurement in Veterinary Pharmacology.
7. Drugs Affecting the Nervous System.
8. Drugs Acting on the Heart, Blood Vessels, and Blood.
9. Respiratory System Drugs.
10. Hormonal and Reproductive Drugs.
11. Gastrointestinal Drugs.
12. Urinary System Drugs.
13. Drugs Affecting Muscle Function.
14. Antimicrobials.
15. Antiparasitics.
16. Anti-Inflammatory and Pain-Reducing Drugs.
17. Drugs for Skin Conditions.
18. Ophthalmic and Optic Medications.
19. Fluid Therapy and Emergency Drugs.
20. Antineoplastic and Immunosuppressive Drugs.
21. Vaccines.
22. Behavior-Modifying Drugs.
23. Herbal Therapeutics.
Appendix A: Unit Conversions and Math References.
Appendix B: Conversion of Body Weight in Kilograms to Body Surface Area in Meters (for Dogs and Cats).
Appendix C: Metric Conversions Guide.
Appendix D: CRI Calculations.
Appendix E: Vitamin Supplements.
Appendix F: Inventory Management.
Appendix G: Managing Animal Toxicities.
Appendix H: Web Sites of Veterinary Pharmaceutical Companies (moved to MindTap).
Appendix I: Proper Use of Needles and Syringes.
Appendix J: Withdrawing (Aspirating) Medication from a Vial.
Appendix K: Withdrawing (Aspirating) Medication from an Ampule.
Appendix L: Reconstituting a Powder Medication for Administration.
Appendix M: Drugs Listed Alphabetically and Classified by Category.
Appendix N: Dos and Don'ts of Drug Administration.
Appendix O: Euthanasia Procedure.
Appendix P: Math Review (Moved to MindTap).
Appendix Q: Drugs Used During Pregnancy.
Appendix R: Answer Key to Text Questions (Moved to MindTap).

  • Janet Amundson Romich

    Dr. Janet Romich has taught a variety of veterinary technician and science courses at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, where she was honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award for her use of technology in the classroom, advisory and professional activities, publication list and fundraising efforts. She also received the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award for her work in teaching and mentoring veterinary technician students. Dr. Romich is the author of AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO VETERINARY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY WITH MINDTAP, FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS and UNDERSTANDING ZOONOTIC DISEASES, and she co-authored DELMAR'S VETERINARY TECHNICIAN DICTIONARY. She remains active in veterinary medicine through her clinical relief practice and work on an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for a hospital research facility. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then a Master of Science focused on FDA drug research, also at UW-Madison.

  • Sarah Wagner

    Dr. Sarah Wagner was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Following a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Barnard College and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University, she worked in a mixed animal practice in southwestern Virginia for five years. She completed a PhD in Pharmacology at Iowa State University and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. She is currently a Professor of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Dr. Wagner’s interests include food animal pharmacology and dairy cattle health. She has published numerous refereed articles on pharmaceutical use in livestock and is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, and Association of Veterinary Technician Educators. In addition to being a contributing author, Dr. Wagner served as content reviewer and developer of supplemental content for MindTap®.

  • New MindTap: Mastering animal pharmacology has never been easier with student resources such as practice and graded assignments, case studies, videos, math reviews, games, and more. And test banks, clinical assessments, auto-grading, PowerPoint presentations and other digital tools help instructors streamline course preparation.

  • Enhanced Visuals: New color photos, tables, and illustrations clearly show medical conditions and their treatments, while digital content such as reviews, case studies, exercises and videos give students interactive ways to review and grasp pharmacology.

  • Professional Insights: Reviewed by veterinary professionals in clinical practice, new content includes discussions on veterinary technician responsibilities, in addition to ongoing updates to digital content on drugs used in veterinary practice.

  • Integrated Content: A focus on including material from other pharmacological concepts, from medical conditions and terms to anatomy and physiology, shows future vet techs where specific drugs fit into animal treatments and care in clinical settings.

  • Animal Meds: Drug discussions highlight important differences between veterinary-approved use of drugs and their human-approved uses.

  • Unlimited Learning. With Cengage Unlimited, students and instructors get on-demand access to unlimited Cengage digital resources that boost vet tech skills in basic math, drug dose calculations, chemistry, biology, medical terms and other key areas.

  • Career Highlights: Chapters start with thought-provoking introductions that explain the chapter material and connect it to the real-life roles veterinary technicians play in clinical practice.

  • VTNE Exam Prep: Rich content and self-testing materials lay a solid foundation for concepts students must know for the Veterinary Technician National Exam.

  • AVMA Standards: Updated learning objectives and chapter content align with current American Veterinary Medical Association standards for veterinary medical education, providing students with the most current and relevant information available.

  • Case Studies. To give students experience working through issues they’ll experience in the workplace, case studies and professional scenarios challenge them to apply new skills, think critically, and solve realistic problems.

  • MindTap Success. The MindTap digital platform makes course set-up easier for instructors with personalized tools, while setting up students for success with review materials, an interactive e-book, and many other options that tap into their potential and take learning to new heights.

  • Instructor Support. Course preparation is easier than ever with the included instructor's manual, coordinated PowerPoint presentations, the Cognero test bank, extra critical thinking questions, case studies and updated learning objectives.

  • Drug Tables: Reference tables in each chapter offer condensed drug information at a glance.

  • Technology Support: Access to professional help gives students and instructors peace of mind whenever questions arise about the Cengage digital platforms they’re using in the classroom and at home.

  • Drug Tables: Reference tables in each chapter offer condensed drug information at a glance.

  • Technology Support: Access to professional help gives students and instructors peace of mind whenever questions arise about the Cengage digital platforms they’re using in the classroom and at home.

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