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Veterinary Compounding – A Customized Approach | On-demand Version (August 2022)

Course Format

1.5-day live virtual seminar (12 hours) that allows you to connect and interact online, in real time, through open mic Q&A sessions, group discussions, polls, and online chats. Practically apply your knowledge through customized formula development and case assessments. Leave the live event with a comprehensive manual containing references, resources, and tools that will help you expand your veterinary compounding practice and optimize therapeutic outcome for your veterinary patients.

Course Description

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.

  • Recognize species-specific pharmacokinetics, drug contraindications, patient compliance, treatment efficacy, and drug availability – all variables that set the need for customized pharmacotherapy.
  • Interpret and appraise veterinary compounding regulations; how do they differ from human compounding?
  • Explore compounding opportunities in the form of adjusting dosage strength, customizing dosage forms, and tailoring ingredient selection based on animal specificities and tolerances.
  • Discuss key compounding principles, including the benefits and risks of different routes of administration, the appropriate application of excipients, and the incorporation of flavoring agents.
  • Develop 2 customized formulas from scratch applying day-to-day compounding references, selecting appropriate ingredients, performing appropriate pharmacy calculations, among more.
  • Investigate customized treatment options for 12 common animal disease states – canine keratoconjunctivitis sicca, feline herpesvirus-1, equine conreal ulceration, canine atopic dermatitis, equine scratches, feline & canine epilepsy, feline hyperthyroidism, canine diarrhea, feline gastroparesis, feline urine spraying, and feline situational anxiety.
  • Apply your knowledge with 4 case studies (canine, feline, equine, and avian) that require you to properly diagnose and treat the patient.
  • Put your business hat on and discuss marketing tips and tricks to grow your veterinary compounding business.

Intended audience


Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other compounding personnel looking to get into or are currently engaged in veterinary compounding.


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. 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.


Hardware/software requirements

Web browser

Google Chrome (most recent 2 versions)

Mozilla Firefox (most recent 2 versions)

Internet Explorer v11

Apple Safari (most recent 2 versions)

Microsoft Edge (most recent 2 versions)

Internet connection

Computer: 1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended)

Mobile device: 3G or better (WiFi recommended)


No additional software needed


2GB of RAM (minimum), 4GB or more of RAM (recommended)



"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. The format of the course was excellent and the lab option 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


“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 - this is by far the best veterinary compounding course that I have attended! 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. 

Jennifer O’Grady | Pharmacist


“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

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.20 CEU (ACPE)
  • 12.00 Contact Hours

Medication Dispensary Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Disclosure: None


Dr. Forsythe is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Service Head at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She is also a diplomat of the International College of Veterinary Pharmacists. Prior to this, 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 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.

Contributor / Facilitator, LP3 Network
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy
Consultant, Solara Labs
Disclosure: Consultant, Solara Labs

Dr. David Mastropietro is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy where he teaches the art of pharmacy compounding and the science of formulation development using classroom and laboratory methodologies.

Dr. Mastropietro is also a pharmacist with over 20 years of experience practicing in community and hospital settings. He has 8 years’ experience consulting in the development, testing, and manufacturing of dietary supplements, serving as Senior Advisor for Formulation Development & Product Commercialization for Solara Labs, Inc. and Director of Personalized Formulation & Experience for Clean Living & Wellness.

In addition to his teaching, pharmacist, and advisory roles, Dr. Mastropietro is active in research with 24 journal publications, over 85 abstracts and presentations, 3 book chapters, and 7 US & World patent applications.



Science, Product & Corporate Communications Manager
Disclosure: None                                                                                                                                                            


Pharmacists & Technicians

This recorded seminar is accredited for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) through CPE Consultants, LLC.

Total CPE Credits: 12 CPE Hours = 1.2 CEUs

This activity is a recording from a live virtual seminar and those that claim credit for the live virtual seminar should not claim credit for this activity.

CREDITS12 CPE Hours = 1.2 CEUs
RELEASE DATEMay 15, 2021


  1. View the on-demand recording of the seminar, which will only be available for 30 days following your enrollment.
  2. Complete a learning assessment (25 questions) with a passing grade of 70%.
  3. Submit a completed activity evaluation form online.

*Important Note: Steps 2 and 3 (the on-demand learning assessment and on-demand evaluation) must be completed within 6 weeks of enrollment. After this time, you will no longer be able to claim credits for this activity.

When the aforementioned steps have been completed and approved:

  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians registered in the United States will obtain a statement of completed credits on their NABP e-Profile within 60 days.
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians registered elsewhere will be able to download a statement of participation within 60 days.
  • All participants will receive an automated email from LP3 Network advising participants that they can download the LP3 Network certificate.
accreditorCPE Consultants, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

International participants should verify with their respective governing board for accreditation equivalency.


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