Course Closed Effective December 27, 2022

As of December 27, 2022 this course is no longer open for enrollments. Current students have until January 31, 2023 to submit all completion requirements.


RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 12 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 753377.

This course does not require employment nor prior experience.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Medicine: Pharmacology Compounding examines compounding from legal and regulatory to evaluation of medication and patient considerations. It will help increase awareness of limitations of compounding and the factors involved in locating the right pharmacy and developing a good working relationship.

Participants will work through numerous assignments designed to facilitate the learning process by providing practice based critical thinking and case study assignments. Some of the assignments will require practice resources and/or personal practice experience to complete.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • summarize the history of compounding including veterinary legal concerns
  • outline the current legal status of compounding for veterinary patients
  • compare and contrast various dosage forms and identify the factors to evaluate when considering prescribing for patients
  • describe ways to improve patient care by collaborating with a compounding pharmacist
  • formulate a checklist that can be used in practice to determine if compounding for a patient is appropriate
  • analyze a patient case to determine if compounding is an appropriate choice
  • develop a plan to treat a patient using a compounded product rationalizing the dosage form selection
  • design an informational client handout on compounded medications

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Critical Thinking and Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios

Course Examination: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts

Course Survey

A certificate of completion is provided.


Flexible Open Enrollment and the Activity Requirements

This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission.

The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. The instructor will respond to an assignment submission, or a forum question, within 48 hours, with extended time for holidays.

Activity Requirements:

In order to remain in the course, a student must post assignments for grading on a regular, frequent, basis. Module or final exams, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

However, the course is not designed to take months to complete. If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.

But What If Something Comes Up?:

There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.


Technology Requirements

Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.

It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.


Participant Feedback

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

... The case studies helped me apply the knowledge and find out where I was lacking.

... I liked the clinical case studies and the creation of checklists and handouts for clinical practice. very useful.

... The instructor's knowledge and feedback.

... The case studies reinforced the knowledge from the readings. The instructor was provided helpful feedback.

... I liked the methodology and how it was modularilly arranged. That allowed me to work efficiently and take breaks.

... I found both the legal background of compounding and the practical (medical) aspects of compounding helpful.

...The course materials are second to none. Very valuable resource for the future.

...understanding the various compounding regulations and decisions going into compounding

...The detail on pharmacy and compounding laws, which I was not aware of.


Course Instructor

Lauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHPLauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP

Dr. Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe is a graduate of the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy. After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe completed a veterinary pharmacy residency at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. As Purdue's first Veterinary Pharmacy Resident, she was one of only 4 pharmacy residents in the country specializing in veterinary pharmacy. During her residency she developed, coordinated, and taught Purdue College of Pharmacy's first veterinary pharmacy elective course.

Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe is Veterinary Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Illinois. She is also an Associate Editor for Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, and enjoys writing and presenting continuing education for veterinarians and pharmacists. Research interests include transdermal therapy for feline patients, behavior medications and compounding. In her spare time, she enjoys running and competing in hunter and equitation events with her Quarter Horse, Banjo.



Price: $99.00 USD

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