Veterinary Drug Ecotoxicology

VME 6616


Drawing from the ‘Asian Vulture Crisis’, this course introduces the notion that veterinary agents, as administered to livestock animals/horses, exotic animals, companion animals and sometimes to people, may pose considerable repercussions to wildlife and the environment. Students will review the necessary features of a healthy, balanced ecosystem and learn to recognize the species that are most susceptible to exposure in conjunction with key toxicological concepts and terminologies and in relation to the different categories of veterinary agents. The various monitoring techniques used to determine their presence in the terrestrial and aquatic environment will also be discussed.


Module Topic
Module 1 How did we discover that veterinary drugs could harm wildlife, and why do we care?
Module 2 What makes a healthy ecosystem?
Module 3 Essential ecotoxicology
Module 4 An overview of veterinary agents
Module 5 Tricky semantics
Module 6 Introduction to the registration of veterinary products
Module 7 What does the label say?
Module 8 Environmental monitoring Part 1 – Tools and strategies used to monitor veterinary agents in animals wildlife sentinel species and companion animals
Module 9 Environmental monitoring Part 2 – Tools and strategies used to monitor veterinary agents in the terrestrial and aquatic environment
Module 10 Ethical considerations, logistical constraints and practical considerations in monitoring and safety testing
Module 11 Introduction to environmental and wildlife regulations
Module 12 Introduction to the risk assessment process
Module 13 Where do we go from here – what we learned from the Asian Vulture Crisis