Course opens: 

Los Angeles, CA – April 18-19, 2020

Los Angeles, CA US
April 18, 2020 to April 19, 2020


Veterinary pharmacy is a well-established niche specialty that is high in demand and diverse in opportunity. Although once dominated by veterinarians, pharmacists now play an essential role in the treatment of animals. Contrary to typical pharmacy for human patients, veterinary pharmacy is uniquely challenged with treating a diverse range of species, on top of individual variations, concerns with patient non-compliance, and limited veterinary drug availability. Addressing these challenges and obstacles requires specialized knowledge in species-specific physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and behavior; much of which exceeds what is taught in pharmacy school.

In this live activity, participants will gain a fundamental understanding of veterinary pharmacy and applicable skills in customized medications. To effectively achieve this, this activity is devised into a seminar and laboratory component.

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I would recommend this course because of the details provided. The handouts were practical and very informative. The presenter was very knowledgeable on the subject matter. Attending the course was important to me because I was interested in learning more about veterinary compounding. The format of the course was excellent and the lab portion was a great way to ensure that the subject material is understood. I am now more confident in my vet compounding abilities and this training will help me with my veterinary patients and their owners.

Bonnie Meyerink
Pharmacist, South Carolina

This 2-day course is a great program because it provides key points of pharmacy- and veterinary-specific compounding regulations, common disease states, calculations, formulations, things to watch out for that are different from human compounding, and compounding techniques. I would recommend this course to compounders who are new to vet compounding as well as compounders who have been in the field for a long time. This is by far the best veterinary compounding course that I have attended!

Jennifer O’Grady
Pharmacist, Nebraska

I have been involved in veterinary compounding for 20+ years. This course was very comprehensive and I picked up several new “tricks” that will be beneficial to my practice.

Mark Smith
Pharmacist, South Carolina


I would recommend this course to my colleagues because it addressed veterinary content as well as compounding content. I enjoyed the opportunity to have hands-on experience as well as a classroom experience. The calculations and formula examples covered in the training program will help me in my day-to-day practice.

Anne Zumbrunnen
Pharmacy Technician, Nebraska



A 12-hour seminar course where participants will learn about the challenges in veterinary pharmacy (i.e., species-specific pharmacokinetics, drug contraindications, patient compliance, treatment efficacy, and drug availability) and how to circumvent these obstacles through customized pharmacotherapy. From here, participants will interpret and appraise the regulations and recommendations surrounding veterinary compounding and explore compounding opportunities in the form of adjusting dosage strength, customizing dosage forms, and tailoring ingredient selection based on animal specificities and tolerances. Participants will review key compounding principles, including the benefits and risks of different routes of administration, the appropriate application of excipients, and the incorporation of flavoring agents. Opportunities for customization in regards to specific animal disease states (e.g., canine atopic dermatitis, equine corneal ulceration, feline hyperthyroidism, canine epilepsy, feline gastroparesis, etc.) will be discussed. Lastly, participants will be provided with expert marketing strategies needed to initiate or expand their compounding practice. Participants attending the seminar will be kept engaged by employing problem-solving skills in the form of interactive activities, group discussions, and case studies.


A 4-hour hands-on laboratory course where participants will compound four different dosage forms commonly prescribed to veterinary patients, notably transdermal gels, topical shampoos, oral pastes, and chewable treats. Participants will learn important pharmaceutical techniques and protocols required for efficacious, effective, and safe compounding, including cleaning and deactivation procedures, balance calibration, standard operating procedures, formulation calculations, qualitative and quantitative verifications, proper geometric addition and trituration, among more. In addition to the hands-on training, participants will review the key concepts of USP <795>, USP <800>, beyond-use dating, and how to interpret a certificate of analysis (COA) and safety data sheet (SDS).

Featured formulas:

  • Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.5%, Miconazole Nitrate 2% Topical Shampoo
  • Phenobarbital 14 mg Oral Chewable Treats
  • Flunixin 100 mg/mL Oral Paste
  • Methimazole 2.5 mg/mL Transdermal PLO Gel

Intended audience


  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians



  • Veterinarians
  • Pharmacy managers

Learning Objectives



  1. Examine the challenges associated with veterinary pharmacy, including species-specific pharmacokinetics, patient compliance, drug availability, and drug contraindications.
  2. Recognize the need for customized medication opportunities for the treatment of veterinary animals with emphasis placed on dogs, cats, and horses.
  3. Evaluate the different ways compounding can achieve customization and address the difficulties associated with veterinary pharmacy.
  4. Apply skills of reasoning and interpretation in appraising current regulatory standards, recommendations on compounding veterinary drugs, and drug information resources.
  5. Investigate the benefits and challenges of various routes of administration and dosage forms.
  6. Compare and contrast the advantages of various excipients, species-specific intolerances to certain excipients, and how to correctly use them in compounding.
  7. Discuss customization opportunities for the pharmaco-treatment of various animal disease states, including canine dermatitis, feline herpes virus-1, equine corneal ulceration, canine epilepsy, feline hyperthyroidism, feline gastroparesis, and feline urine spraying among more.
  8. Acquire marketing tips and skills needed to commence or expand your veterinary pharmacy practice.



  1. Analyze and interpret drug monographs, certificates of analysis (COA), and safety data sheets (SDS).
  2. Apply good documentation practices for common standard operating procedures (SOPs), including garbing, cleaning and deactivation, and balance calibration.
  3. Complete a master formulation record (MFR) and apply appropriate beyond-use dating and pharmaceutical calculations, including adjusting for batch size and processing error.
  4. Prepare commonly prescribed veterinary dosage forms, including a transdermal gel, a topical shampoo, an oral suspension, and a chewable treat.
  5. Develop or enhance non-sterile compounding skills and techniques, including geometric addition, trituration, heating, powder-to-liquid integration, powder-liquid integration into medium, high shear mixing, and mold filling, among others.
  6. Evaluate compounded dosage forms through qualitative and quantitative verification protocols.
  7. Demonstrate the importance of selecting dispensing devices that will maintain formulation integrity while facilitating proper dosing and ease of administration.





  1. Recognize the drawbacks and limitations of veterinary-labeled products available on the market today.
  2. Discuss the need for customized medications to address the challenges of veterinary pharmacy.
  3. Apply skills of reasoning and interpretation in appraising current regulatory standards and recommendations for compounding veterinary drugs.
  4. Identify the challenges of animal patient compliance and how to address these difficulties with alternate routes of administration, flavoring oral preparations, and applying appropriate dispensing devices.
  5. Investigate the benefits and challenges of various routes of administration and dosage forms.
  6. Compare and contrast the advantage of various excipients and how to correctly implement them in compounding.
  7. Practice customizing formulations.
  8. Discuss various veterinary disease states and learn about specific opportunities for customization and compounding.



  1. Review key concepts of USP <795> and USP <800>.
  2. Apply information found within a certificate of analysis (COA) and safety data sheet (SDS).
  3. Perform common standard operating procedures (SOPs), including garbing, cleaning and deactivation, and balance calibration.
  4. Employ good documentation practices and practice pharmaceutical calculations while completing a master formulation record (MFR).
  5. Prepare commonly prescribed veterinary dosage forms, including a transdermal gel, a topical shampoo, an oral suspension, and a chewable treat.
  6. Develop or enhance skills in non-sterile compounding, including geometric addition, trituration, powder-to-liquid integration, powder-liquid integration into medium, high sheer mixing, mold filling and heating, among others.
  7. Perform qualitative and quantitative verification protocols on finished compounded preparations. 


This learning activity has received financial support from MEDISCA Inc. in the form of an educational grant.


The live activity workbook is copyright © 2017-2019 LP3 Network.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.60 CEU (ACPE)
  • 16.00 Contact Hours
Event starts: 
04/18/2020 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
04/19/2020 - 5:00pm
USC Center for the Health Professions
1540 Alcazar Street
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Los Angeles, CA 90033
United States


USC Center for the Health Professions
1540 Alcazar Street
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Los Angeles, CA 90033
United States

Hotel information: 

The Preferred hotel will be announced at a later date.


Pharmacy Coordinator, University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Disclosure: None

Dr. Forsythe is the Pharmacy Coordinator at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Illinois. Prior to attaining this role, she acted as Veterinary Pharmacist at the University of California – Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.  Dr. Forsythe grew up in western Pennsylvania as the daughter of two veterinarians and completed her doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy in May 2015.  Dr. Forsythe then went on to complete a residency in veterinary pharmacy at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Forsythe started a position with the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and recently received her board certification in veterinary pharmacy.  Dr. Forsythe’s research interests include behavioral therapy in cats and safety and efficacy of compounded products in veterinary patients.  Dr. Forsythe also enjoys teaching both pharmacists and veterinarians and is active in providing continuing education through a variety of avenues, as well as working with students of both professions.  Dr. Forsythe has a number of publications in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding and was an associate editor for Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook.


Pharmacist, Technical Support Services Department, MEDISCA Network
Disclosure: None


Mrs. Pinheiro is a compounding pharmacist with over 15 years of experience. Mrs. Pinheiro was a professor at the College of Pharmacy at the University Suprema in Brazil and was previously the owner of RX Pharmaceutica and Petfarma Pharmacies in Brazil, for which she was responsible for compounding, quality control of raw-materials and final products, training pharmacists and technicians, and counseling patients. In addition to this, Mrs. Pinheiro was a Surveyor and Standards Committee member of Brazil’s National Association of compounding pharmacy, a non-profit organization that oversees customized pharmaceutical preparations. She has specialty training in non-sterile compounding, pharmaceutical technology, cosmetology, and veterinary compounding. She is also the author of the veterinary formulary book, Formulário Veterinário Farmacêutico.


Formulation Chemist, Technical Support Services Department, MEDISCA Network
Disclosure: None


Mrs. Krygier joined LP3 Network as a laboratory facilitator for continuing education programs specializing in non-sterile pharmaceutical compounding. She has a Master’s degree from McGill University in Food Chemistry and is a Formulation Chemist at MEDISCA Network, where she provides compounding support to pharmacists and technicians.


Medical Editor Team Lead
Disclosure: None




Total CPE Credits: 16 CPE Hours = 1.6 CEUs
Joint Providership Status (CPE Consultants, LLC / LP3 Network)

CREDITS12 CPE Hours = 1.2 CEUs4 CPE Hours = 0.4 CEUs
RELEASE DATEMay 5, 2018May 6, 2018
EXPIRATION DATEMay 5, 2021May 6, 2021


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