Full Title:Pharmacy, Law & Ethics
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:PHAR S7020
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will focus on the legislative, practical and ethical aspects of correct drug storage, use, supply, sale and disposal in Irish veterinary practices by a registered veterinary nurse. It will also address ethical and legal veterinary nursing practice.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Administer prescribed medication correctly and complete accurate records for both companion and food animal species.
  2. Advise animal owners on correct medication storage and administration and strongly promote compliance.
  3. Promote responsible and safe medication use, especially in relation to minimising antimicrobial resistance.
  4. Discuss the safe and legal sale and supply of animal remedies.
  5. Explain the legal responsiblities of veterinary nurses and appraise ethical animal care.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Interpreting the relevant legislation
Including the Veterinary Practice Act 2005, Animal Remedies Act 2006 and the VCI Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses, Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.
Professional and legal requirements for record keeping and stock rotation in relation to pharmacy stock.
Safe and effective purchase, storage and record keeping of medicines.
Schedules of controlled drugs and requirements for ordering, delivery usage and storage.
Ordering controlled substances, their legal and safe storage,use and disposal, Controlled Drugs Register record keeping.
Correct storage, use and disposal of animal remedies, including drug dosage calculations
Optimal medicine use within the practice.
Interpretation of labels, data sheets & prescriptions
Animal remedy categories, labelling and prescription requirements. Legal supply of medicines.
Meat and milk drug withdrawal times, MRLs, food versus companion animals and the Cascade.
The responsibilities of the RVN in the prevention of food chain contamination.
Drug regulations for sport and performance animals.
Avoiding positive drug tests.
The RVN as a Responsible Person, the legal sale and supply of LM products, including organophosphates
Safe and legal supply of LM and CAM products.
Promotion of client compliance and optimal medication use, minimising drug resistance.
The role of the RVN in promoting safe and effective medicine use by owners and clients.
Sources of law for veterinary nurses in Ireland.
Data Protection law in Ireland
Employer/Employee legal relationship
Contract law in Ireland
Ethical and professional conduct as per the VCI Code of Conduct for Veterinary Nurses
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project Mahara online portfolio on promoting correct use of a selected medication plus an OSCE preparation practical skills assessment on dosage calculation and medication administration at the end of the semester. The Mahara project incorporates summative peer assessment using the groups from the PETS module. 1,2,3,4 30.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Class Test Coursework assessment in a written exam 2,3,4,5 20.00 0 0 Week 9 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • AHPA 2010, Veterinary Datasheet Compendium, APHA [ISBN: 9780952765585]
  • Joanna M. Bassert, Dennis M. McCurnin 2014, McCurnin's clinical textbook for veterinary technicians, 8th ed. Ed., Saunders [ISBN: 1437726801]
  • Pullen & Gray 2006, Ethics, Law & the Veterinary Nurse, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann [ISBN: 0750688440]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ramsey, R. 2011, Small Animal Formulary, 7th ed. Ed., BSAVA [ISBN: 1905319339]
  • M. Moore 2001, Calculations for Veterinary Nurses, Blackwell Science [ISBN: 9780632054985]
  • Terry Lake 2004, Dosage Calculations for Veterinary Nurses & Technicians, Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 9780750656740]
  • Bill, Robert 2000, Medical mathematics and dosage calculations for veterinary professionals, Iowa State [ISBN: 0813820995]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 5 Mandatory