Default view
Education Courses Veterinary Pharmacology 1

Veterinary Pharmacology 1

Method of evaluation
Year in the curriculum
Semester in the curriculum
Practical lessons
Allow for
  • Vet EN

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 2022/2023, 1st Semester

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

Thursday      915 – 1000        Magyary-Kossa Lecture Hall


12 September

Lecture 1-2

General Pharmacology

Pharmacodynamics: Structure-dependent                       dr. Ákos Jerzsele

and independent drug actions

Drug-receptor interactions

15 September

Lectures 3

Dose-response relationship, therapeutic concepts           dr. Ákos Jerzsele
19 September

Lecture 4-5

Drug toxicity


Mechanisms of drug transport, absorption, distribution,

metabolism, excretion                                                        dr. György Csikó

22 September

Lectures 6

Pharmacokinetic modelling                                                          dr. György Csikó


26 September

Lecture 7-8

Principles of pharmacotherapy                                         dr. György Csikó

Factors influencing drug efficacy

29 September

Lectures 9

Detailed Pharmacology

Neuropharmacology, CNS stimulants                         dr. György Csikó

3 October

Lecture 10-11

CNS inhibitor drugs, tranquilizer sedatives,

Hypnosedatives                                                                 dr. György Csikó

6 October

Lectures 12

Anticonvulsive drugs, Antiepileptics                                dr. Ákos Jerzsele
10 October

Lecture 13-14

Pharmacology of pain:

Opioids, NGF-mABs                                                  dr. Ákos Jerzsele

13 October

Lectures 15

Local anaesthetics                                                         dr. György Csikó
17 October

Lecture 16-17

General anaesthetics

Injectable anaesthetics

Pharmacology of euthanasia                                             dr. György Csikó

20 October

Lectures 18

Inhalational anaesthetics

Central and peripherial myorelaxant drugs                      dr. György Csikó

24 October

Lecture 19-20

Pharmacology of the parasympathetic nervous system   dr. Erzsébet Gere
27 October

Lectures 21

Pharmacology of the sympathetic nervous system            dr. Erzsébet Gere
31 October

Lecture 22-23

Pharmacology of inflammation:                                      

Pharmacology of NSAIDs, Glucocorticoids I.                dr. Orsolya Farkas

3 November

Lectures 24

Pharmacology of glucocorticoids II.

Pharmacology of antihistamines                                        dr. Orsolya Farkas

7 November

Lecture 25-26

JAK inhibitors and other anti-inflammatory agents

Pharmacology of immunosuppression                               dr. Orsolya Farkas

10 November

Lectures 27

Pharmacology of the respiratory system:

Bronchodilators, anti-inflammatory drugs                         dr. Erzsébet Gere

14 November

Lecture 28-29

Antitussive drugs, mucolytics and expectorants.

Pharmacology of the cardiovascular system

Pharmacology of arrhythmias                                            dr. Erzsébet Gere

17 November

Lectures 30

Pharmacology of cardiac contractility (positive inotropic drugs)

Pharmacology of vascular tone                                         dr. Ákos Jerzsele

21 November

Lecture 31-32

Pharmacology of volume regulation


Pharmacology of haemostasis and thrombosis                 dr. Ákos Jerzsele

24 November

Lectures 33

Pharmacology of haematopoiesis. Treatment of anaemia

dr. Ákos Jerzsele

28 November

Lectures 34-35

Pharmacology of the digestive system:                             

Emetic and antiemetic drugs. Prokinetic agents.

Drugs for gastric and duodenal ulcers.                            dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

1 December

Lecture 36

Laxative drugs, antidiarrheal drugs

Appetite increasers                                                         dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

5 December   Lecture 37-38 Hepatoprotective drugs                                                    dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

Pharmacology of the endocrine system: Pharmacology of the hypophyseal and pituitary gland hormones and analogues. Pharmacology of the thyroid gland and adrenal gland hormones                                                               dr. György Csikó

8 December       Lecture 39 Pancreatic hormones, drugs effecting blood glucose level

dr. György Csikó

12 December

Lectures 40-41

Pharmacology of gonadal hormones

dr. György Csikó

15 December

Lecture 42

Drugs effecting uterine function                                  dr. György Csikó

Budapest, 1st of September 2022

Ákos Jerzsele DVM, Ph.D

Head of Department, Associate Professor



Practical lessons theme

Ist Semester 2022/2023. Practical Topic List

Practical 1

Sept. 12-16.

Usage and sources of drugs in veterinary medicine
Practical 2

Sept. 19-23.

Stability of drugs

Prescription writing, legal aspects, scheduled drugs

Practical 3

Sept. 26.-30.

Forms of prescriptions

Small test 1

Prescription task (homework)

Practical 4

Oct. 3-7.

Dosage forms I. – solid dosage forms
Practical 5

Oct. 10-14.

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

Small test 2

Practical 6

Oct. 17-21.

Basic knowledge of drug preparation
Practical 7

Oct. 24-28.

Midterm 1

(No practical!)

Practical 8

Oct. 31.-Nov. 4.

Drug development and authorization, pharmacovigilance

Midterm 1 retake

Practical 9

Nov. 7-11.

Clinical pharmacology of sedative and sedatohypnotic drugs

Clinical pharmacology of euthanasia

Practical 10

Nov. 14-18.

Clinical pharmacology of anesthetics, antidepressants and behavior modifiers
Practical 11

Nov. 21-25.

Ocular pharmacology

Small test 3

Practical 12

Nov. 28-Dec. 02.

Midterm 2

(No practical!)

Practical 13

Dec. 05-09.

Drug administration routes

Midterm 2 retake

Practical 14

Dec. 12-16.

Drug administration routes and examination of drug activity in rabbits


Group Hungarian English
1.      Alma Móritz Erzsébet Pásztiné Gere
2.     Patrik Mag György Csikó
3.     Orsolya Farkas Mercédesz Veres
4.     Zoltán Somogyi Orsolya Farkas
5.     Ádám Kerek Erzsébet Pásztiné Gere
6.     György Csikó Mercédesz Veres
7.     Ádám Kerek Melinda Nemes-Terényi
8.     Dóra Kovács
9.     Orsolya Palócz
10.    György Csikó



Dr. Ákos Jerzsele

head of department, associate professor

Evaluation description


VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY in English, Fall semester, Academic year 2022/2023 

Students will be hereby informed that the prevalent qualification system and requirements in subject “Veterinary Pharmacology” for the fall semester are as follows:


  1. For completing the semester these are obligatory:
  • Regular visiting of the lectures (taking into account the current epidemiological regulations)
  • Successful performance on all practical lectures (including practical small tests and prescription tasks) (taking into account the current epidemiological regulations)
  • Successful completion of the two midterm tests

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


  1. Practicals

Attendance on the practicals should be performed taking into account the current epidemiological regulations. The attendance on all labs, wearing a lab coat, is obligatory. The names of students will be checked by the practical leader, and in addition, students will prove their appearance with their signature. All missed practicals have to be retaken (at the end of the semester). Students have to be able to answer questions about the topic of former and actual practicals satisfactory either verbal or written (several small tests will be written during the practicals and a prescription task will be given to the students). Date of these is included in the semester’s schedule. For acceptance, the average of small test and prescription task results should be at least satisfactory (>60%) and it will be used for the calculation of the final practical grade (see point 4. below). Retake of failed small tests and prescriptions is not possible.  Students must bring their logbook to the practicals, perform all necessary activities, and ensure obtaining a confirmatory signature from the group leader.

  1. Midterm tests

Schedule of the two midterm tests is given in the detailed Practical Topic List. Minimum acceptance level of completion is 60.5% of the maximal scores. Failed or missed midterm tests can be retaken during the semester only once. If the student cannot attend the retake midterm, it will be accepted as a failed test. Those students who aim to improve their result can also take 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.


The final grades will be based on the results of two midterm tests and the practicals’ average[1]. If any of the three grades is unsatisfactory, the semester will not be accepted. In this case the student should have an examination 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 test). However, in case of failing this last retake exam, 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 by marks 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


Budapest, 1st September 2022

Dr. Ákos Jerzsele (Head of Department)

[1] Average of the small test and prescription task results 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.