UNION COUNTY — Whether the patient walks on two legs or four making sure they get the right medication in the right dosage is crucial to their continued good health.
Many times when a person goes to the doctor for an illness or injury or ongoing medical condition, the doctor, should his diagnosis require it, will write the patient a prescription for medication to treat the illness/injury/medical condition. The patient then takes that prescription to a pharmacy to have it filled by the pharmacist whose responsibility is to see to it that the patient gets the right medication in the right dosage in order for them to be properly and safety treated.
That also true where the patient is an animal, because just as a doctor treating humans can and often does prescribe medication, a veterinarian treating animals will prescribe medicine for their patients, prescriptions that must also be properly filled out for the well-being of the patient.
Filling out a prescription that effectively and safely addresses the needs of the patient is why the Veterinary Science students at the Union County CATE Center recently spent the day learning about pharmacy practices.
As part of their studies, the students learned how to calculate dosages and create proper medication labels. They then practice filling prescriptions by counting pills (beans) and reading syringes.
Their teacher, Mrs. Ashley Dill, is excited to facilitate lessons like these which help prepare her students for careers in the animal science industry.