Masters degrees in Animal Pharmacy train postgraduates in the skills needed to prepare and dispense drugs for animals. Often accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in the UK, these courses help pharmacists make sure that they’re in line with the regulations around veterinary pharmacy.
Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy or an appropriate animal science-based subject. Other postgraduate specialisms in this field include Animal Pharmacology, Animal Pathology and Animal Toxicology.
An accredited Masters in Veterinary Pharmacy allows you to dispense medicinal products for animals, also teaching you about the relationship between animals and public health. For example, you might learn about how to reduce or eliminate the risk of zoonotic disease (infections spread between animals and humans). You’ll probably also study the food chain, making sure that medicinal products for livestock won’t be dangerous for human consumers further down the line.
Another important part of these programmes involves analysing the anatomical and physiological systems of various animals, and looking at how these affect the effect of veterinary pharmaceutical products.
Typical employment destinations for postgraduates in this area include the pharmaceutical industry, governmental departments / agencies, international organisations and veterinary practices.