Comparative and Veterinary Pharmacology

  • Fiona Cunningham
  • Jonathan Elliott
  • Peter Lees

Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 199)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Topics in Veterinary Pharmacology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fiona Cunningham, Jonathan Elliott, Peter Lees
      Pages 3-17
    3. Pierre-Louis Toutain, Aude Ferran, Alain Bousquet-Mélou
      Pages 19-48
    4. Carrie M. Mosher, Michael H. Court
      Pages 49-77
    5. David J. Brayden, Emilie J. M. Oudot, Alan W. Baird
      Pages 79-112
    6. Hafid Benchaoui
      Pages 113-138
    7. Robert P. Hunter
      Pages 139-157
    8. Alex Livingston
      Pages 159-189
  3. The Interface of Veterinary Pharmacology and Man

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 212-212
    2. Marilyn Martinez, Peter Silley
      Pages 227-264
    3. Philip T. Reeves
      Pages 265-290
    4. Alistair B. A. Boxall
      Pages 291-314
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 341-348

About this book


The human–animal bond has evolved and diversi?ed down the ages. Dogs, cats and even horses, have long ful?lled the role of faithful companion and indeed, as exempli?ed by the introduction of seeing and hearing dogs, there may be a critical level of co-dependency between the species. In the twenty-?rst century, the animal types that are kept as pets in many parts of the world are extensive ranging from reptiles through rodents to ruminants and beyond. As would be predicted by the nature of the relationship, the approach to treatment of a companion animal is often closely aligned to that which would have been offered to their owner. However, an increasing awareness of welfare issues, such as the recognition that animals expe- ence pain and the proven bene?ts of disease prevention in intensive farming units, together with the growth in zoos and wildlife parks, has increased the likelihood of food producing and non-domesticated animals receiving medicinal products during their life-time. Although many of the individual drugs or classes of drugs administered to animals are the same as, or derived from, those given to man, the safe and effective use of drugs in animals often cannot be achieved by simply transposing knowledge of drug action on, or behaviour in, the body from one species to another. The impact of the anatomical, physiological and pathophysiological variability that spans the animal kingdom can often profoundly alter drug response.


Comparative Pharmacology Veterinary Pharmacology drug drug delivery drug resistance kinetics medicine pain pharmacodynamics pharmacokinetics pharmacology research resistance treatment veterinary medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Fiona Cunningham
    • 1
  • Jonathan Elliott
    • 2
  • Peter Lees
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Veterinary Basic SciencesRoyal Veterinary CollegeHertfordshireUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Dept. Veterinary Basic SciencesRoyal Veterinary CollegeHertfordshireUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Dept. Veterinary Basic SciencesRoyal Veterinary CollegeHertfordshireUnited Kingdom

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