VMT200 - Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics

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Subject Title
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics

Subject Description
This math course is designed to prepare you for the calculations required in a veterinary setting.  It focuses on the skills required by a veterinary technician to calculate medication dosages, fluid rates, x-ray machine settings, dilutions, as well as nutritional formulas to name a few.

Credit Status
One credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


To take instructions from a veterinarian and accurately perform tasks requiring the different mathematical calculations required in the veterinary field.


  1. To accurately read and fill prescription orders for parenteral and oral medications
  2. To be able to do precise dosage calculations
  3. To correctly set up and be able to calculate IV fluid solutions and Constant Rate Infusions
  4. To confidently and accurately be able to use formulas for calculations in anaesthesia, radiography and nutrition applications.
  5. To accurately carry out and follow instructions in order to set up dilutions required for patient use or for in-hospital use disinfectants and chemicals.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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