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Veterinary Pharmacology 1

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Course description

During Veterinary Pharmacology 1, students learn the basics of general pharmacology, and the theoretical and practical aspects of the usage of several drug groups (organotropic agents). Regarding practical aspects, we aim to develop students’ first day skills for successful and prudent drug use in the most common veterinary cases. We put strong emphasis on educating pharmacology based on the recommendations of the current international guidelines and scientific articles, furthermore, through this approach, we encourage students for lifelong learning and the usage of relevant scientific literature. Legal, ethical and public health aspects of veterinary drug usage are also covered by the subject. Furthermore, during practicals, students learn to write prescriptions and can study different drug administration routes and the handling of animals.

Lectures theme


Academic year 2023/2024, 1st Semester

Time of Lectures:          Monday         1015-1200         Magyary-Kossa Lecture Hall

                                            Thursday      915 – 1000        Magyary-Kossa Lecture Hall


7 September

Lecture 1

General Pharmacology

Pharmacodynamics: Structure-dependent

dr. Orsolya Farkas

and independent drug actions

11 September

Lectures 2-3

Drug-receptor interactions

dr. Orsolya Farkas

Dose-response relationship, therapeutic concepts

Drug toxicity

 dr. Ákos Jerzsele

14 September

Lecture 4


Mechanisms of drug transport, absorption

dr. György Csikó

18 September

Lectures 5-6

Pharmacokinetics: distribution, metabolism, excretion

Pharmacokinetic modelling

dr. György Csikó

21 September

Lecture 7

Principles of pharmacotherapy

Factors influencing drug efficacy                                         dr. György Csikó

25 September

Lectures 8-9

Detailed Pharmacology

Neuropharmacology, CNS stimulants

CNS inhibitor drugs, tranquilizer sedatives                      dr. György Csikó

28 September

Lecture 10

Hypnosedatives                                                                       dr. György Csikó
2 October

Lectures 11-12

Anticonvulsive drugs, Antiepileptics

Pharmacology of pain: 

Opioids                                                                                      dr. Ákos Jerzsele

5 October

Lecture 13


dr. Ákos Jerzsele

9 October

Lectures 14-15

Local anaesthetics and myorelaxants

General anaesthetics

Injectable anaesthetics                                                           dr. György Csikó

12 October

Lecture 16

Pharmacology of euthanasia                                                 dr. György Csikó
16 October

Lectures 17-18

Inhalational anaesthetics                                                      dr. Ákos Jerzsele

Pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system

Pharmacology of the parasympathetic nervous system I.

dr. Erzsébet Gere

19 October

Lecture 19

Pharmacology of the parasympathetic nervous system II.

dr. Erzsébet Gere

23 October

Lectures 20-21

Pharmacology of the sympathetic nervous system

dr. Erzsébet Gere

Pharmacology of inflammation:                                            

Pharmacology of NSAIDs                                                   dr. Orsolya Farkas

26 October

Lecture 22

Pharmacology of glucocorticoids

dr. Orsolya Farkas

6 November

Lectures 23-24

Pharmacology of antihistamines

dr. Orsolya Farkas

JAK inhibitors and other anti-inflammatory agents

dr. Ákos Jerzsele

9 November

Lecture 25

Pharmacology of immunosuppression

dr. Ákos Jerzsele

13 November

Lectures 26-27

Pharmacology of the respiratory system:

Bronchodilators, anti-inflammatory drugs

Antitussive drugs, mucolytics and expectorants.

dr. Erzsébet Gere

16 November

Lecture 28

Pharmacology of the cardiovascular system

Pharmacology of arrhythmias                                             dr. Erzsébet Gere

20 November

Lectures 29-30

Pharmacology of cardiac contractility (positive inotropic drugs)

Pharmacology of vascular tone

Pharmacology of volume regulation                                   dr. Ákos Jerzsele

23 November

Lecture 31


dr. Ákos Jerzsele

27 November

Lectures 32-33

Pharmacology of haemostasis and thrombosis

Pharmacology of haematopoiesis. Treatment of anaemia

dr. Ákos Jerzsele

30 November

Lectures 34

Pharmacology of the digestive system:                             

Emetic and antiemetic drugs. Prokinetic agents

Drugs for gastric and duodenal ulcers

dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

4 December

Lecture 35-36

Laxative drugs, antidiarrheal drugs

Hepatoprotective drugs and appetite increasers

dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

Pharmacology of the endocrine system:

Pharmacology of the hypophyseal and pituitary gland hormones and analogues

                                                                                         dr. Zoltán Somogyi

7 December   Lecture 37 Pharmacology of gonadal hormones

dr. Zoltán Somogyi

11 December

Lecture 38-39

Pancreatic hormones, drugs effecting blood glucose level

Pharmacology of the thyroid gland hormones

Pharmacology of the adrenal gland hormones

dr. György Csikó

14 December

Lectures 40

 Drugs effecting uterine function

dr. György Csikó

Budapest, 1st of September 2023

Ákos Jerzsele DVM, Ph.D

Head of Department, Associate Professor


Practical lessons theme

Ist Semester 2023/2024. Practical Topic List

Week 1

05-08 Sept.

Usage and sources of drugs in veterinary medicine

(No small test!)

Week 2

11-15 Sept.

Stability of drugs

Prescription writing, legal aspects, scheduled drugs

Small test

Week 3

18-22 Sept.

Forms of prescriptions

Small test

Week 4

25-29 Sept.

Dosage forms I. – solid dosage forms

Small test

Week 5

02-06 Oct.

Dosage forms II. – semi-solid, liquid and gaseous dosage forms

Small test

Week 6

09-13 Oct.

Basic knowledge of drug preparation

Small test

Week 7

16-20 Oct.

Midterm 1 (18 Oct.)

(No practical!)

Week 8

23-27 Oct.

Clinical pharmacology of sedative, sedatohypnotic and analgesic drugs

Clinical pharmacology of euthanasia

Case studies and oral questions to test knowledge

(No small test!)

Midterm 1 retake (25 Oct.)

Week 9

30 Oct. – 03 Nov.

Holiday issued by the Rector
Week 10

06-10 Nov.

Clinical pharmacology of anesthetics, antidepressants and behavior modifiers

Case studies and oral questions to test knowledge

Small test

Week 11

13-17 Nov.

Pharmacology of inflammation

Case studies and oral questions to test knowledge

Small test

Week 12

20-24 Nov.

Principles in fluid therapy. Posology

Small test

Week 13

27 Nov. – 01 Dec.

Midterm 2 (29 Nov.)

(No practical!)

Week 14

04-08 Dec.

Drugs acting on the gastrointestinal tract, Drugs of the cardiovascular system

Case studies and oral questions to test knowledge

Small test

Midterm 2 retake (06 Dec.)

Week 15

11-15 Dec.

Drug administration routes and examination of drug activity in rabbits

Small test

Practical group teachers

Group Teacher
1. Alma Móritz
2. György Csikó
3. Erzsébet Pásztiné Gere
4. Mercédesz Adrienn Veres
5. György Csikó
6. Orsolya Farkas
7. Mercédesz Adrienn Veres
8. Melinda Nemes-Terényi
9. Orsolya Palócz
10. Erzsébet Pásztiné Gere

Budapest, 1st of September 2023

Ákos Jerzsele DVM, Ph.D

Head of Department, Associate Professor

Evaluation description


VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY in English, Fall semester, Academic year 2023/2024


  1. For completing the semester these are obligatory:
  • Regular visiting of the lectures (lectures can be missed not more than three times per semester)
  • Successfully completing all practicals, including:
    • practicals can be missed not more than three times per semester, and all missed practicals must be retaken,
    • changing group for the practicals is allowed two times per semester, but only upon previous agreement with the practical group teacher,
    • passing the small tests: achieving at least an average of 60% on the small tests.
  • Passing the two midterm tests: achieving at least 60% on each midterm test.

The acceptance of the semester is certified by the signature of the authorized teacher. More than five weeks of absence in a semester results in an automatic exclusion from the semester (cf. Student’s guide).


  1. Practicals

The attendance on all practicals is obligatory. The names of students will be checked by the practical group teacher, and in addition, students will prove their appearance with their signature. All missed practicals have to be retaken. Students should bring a lab coat to all practicals.

Students have to be able to answer questions about the topic of former and actual practicals satisfactory, especially when there are case studies on the practicals. Furthermore, students will need to write small tests at the beginning of practicals, and for passing the course, at least an average of 60% should be achieved on them. Dates of case studies and small tests are included in the practical schedule. Retake of failed small tests is not possible. If a student fails to answer to the oral questions, the practical need to be retaken. Retake of the practicals is done upon discussion with the practical group teacher.


  1. Midterm tests

Schedule of the two midterm tests is included in the practical schedule. Minimum acceptance level of completion is 60% for each midterm. Failed or missed midterm tests can be retaken during the semester only once. If the student cannot attend the retake midterm, it will be counted as a failed test. The only exception is if someone cannot attend the test due some other commitments related to their university studies, in which case an additional occasion can be provided for test writing. Those students who aim to improve their result can also write the retake midterms, but in this case, the second result will count in the final grade, even if it’s worse than the original one. During the midterm tests, students must place all their electronic devices (e.g. phones, tablets, smart watches) at a place where they are fully visible, and must not use them during test writing.

Reviewing the midterm tests will be done as follows:

  • in case of a failed midterm, students may review their test on the week of the midterm with their practical group teacher, upon discussing the dates separately with the teacher,
  • in case of a passed midterm, students may review their test at the end of their next practical.


The final grades will be based on the results of two midterm tests and the practical small tests’ average1. If any of the three grades is unsatisfactory, the semester will not be accepted. In this case the student should have a final retake test about the topics of the whole semester at the end of the semester. If this test is successfully passed, the grade will be satisfactory in all cases (regardless of the achieved percentage on this final test). However, in case of failing this last retake test, the acceptance of the semester will not be certified by the signature of the head of department.

At the end of fall semester, students will be evaluated as follows:

excellent (5) – ≥ 90%

good (4)      – ≥ 80%

medium (3) – ≥ 70%

satisfactory (2) – > 60%

unsatisfactory (1)   – ≤ 60%

Recommended literature:
Lecture slideshows (obligatory)
Dawn Boothe: Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Donald C. Plumb: Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook
Jim E. Riviere & Mark G. Papich: Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Steeve Giguére: Antimicrobial Therapy in Veterinary Medicine

1Average of the small tests will give 1/3 of the final grade. The two midterm results will provide other 2/3 for the calculation. Finally, average of these three scores will be calculated and used for the evaluation.


Budapest, 1st September 2022

Ákos Jerzsele DVM, Ph.D

Head of Department, Associate Professor