Harper Adams University Veterinary Pharmacy

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Harper Adams University Veterinary Pharmacy

UDip / PgC / PgD / MSc Veterinary Pharmacy

Duration: 3 to 4 years part-timeStart date: September 2017

The course

The Veterinary Pharmacy courses at Harper Adams University are run in conjunction with the Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programme (VPEP), incorporate the AMTRA Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) qualification, and Harper Adams is an Accredited Training Provider for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). The Veterinary Pharmacy qualifications are intended for pharmacists and animal science graduates involved, or wishing to develop an involvement, in the animal health industry and in the supply and use of animal medicinal products.

Pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy or merchant support staff may study the taught modules on the University Diploma which also incorporates appropriate SQP qualifications.

The full postgraduate programme would typically be delivered on a part-time basis in a blended learning format and studied over two academic years. Students studying all taught modules enables the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) and those continuing to MSc complete the Masters Dissertation. The Master Dissertation is typically completed within an individually negotiated timescale over a one to two-year period.

How will it benefit me?

Successful candidates will gain accreditation from a leading academic provider in the sector but also an academic award which has the potential to add gravitas and improve the perceived status of those who undertake it, while providing them the opportunity to further develop their higher level discipline specific skills. Completion of this award will be representative of an individual’s commitment and on-going industrial and professional Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Why should a pharmacist choose this course?

Legally, pharmacists are able to dispense veterinary prescriptions and sell veterinary products by virtue of their registration with the GPhC. In practice many pharmacists are unaware of the regulations associated with the practice of veterinary pharmacy and this course provides all of the information needed to confidently exploit the opportunities offered by the area of practice. It will also show how to set up a section in the pharmacy and enables the development of a business plan. The public health dimension is also important to community pharmacists.

Further information and applications

For course structure information select the ‘Course structure’ tab, or download our Course Information documents.