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Veterinary pharmacy within the United Kingdom: review of current practice and education.

O'Driscoll, Noëlle H.; Juwah, Charles; Labovitiadi, Olga; Lamb, Andrew J.


Noëlle H. O'Driscoll

Charles Juwah

Olga Labovitiadi

Andrew J. Lamb


Background: Pharmacists have acknowledged roles as medicines experts facilitating human healthcare. Such expertise is also applicable in pharmaceutical treatments for non-human animals. Aims: The aims were to review the perceptions and extent to which pharmacists in the United Kingdom (UK) participate with veterinary pharmacy, and to consider their educational background in this area. Methods: Using an iterative approach, extensive searches of relevant databases and key pharmacy publications were conducted with all relevant material published between 2002 – 2012 gathered. Results: Limited information on the subject has been published, highlighting the lack of widespread consideration. It was established that UK registered pharmacists have minimal participation in veterinary medicine. The major reason for limited participation is an insufficient knowledge of the subject. Conclusion: Delivery of the revised GPhC indicative syllabus in Schools of Pharmacy should provide pharmacy graduates of the future with enhanced knowledge of veterinary pharmacy thereby facilitating greater participation with this area.


O'DRISCOLL, N.H., JUWAH, C., LABOVITIADI, O. and LAMB, A.J. 2014. Veterinary pharmacy within the United Kingdom: review of current practice and education. Pharmacy education [online], 14, pages 26-30. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Publication Date Dec 31, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 2, 2022
Journal Pharmacy education
Print ISSN 1560-2214
Electronic ISSN 1477-2701
Publisher FIP International Pharmaceutical Federation
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Pages 26-30
Keywords Pharmacists; Veterinary pharmacy; Veterinary medicines and pharmacy education
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