Harper Adams University College/RPSGB
Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programmes

KEY FACTS
Commences: January 2011
Final award: MSc

Intermediate awards: University College Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma
Duration: Part-time study, varying length
Further information & entry requirements: Please see www.vpep.net

Application: Please email cwhitehouse@harper-adams.ac.uk

What are these Programmes and who are they aimed at?

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Harper Adams University College (HAUC) have joined together to produce a selection of innovative veterinary pharmacy programmes designed to attract individuals involved with the provision of animal health. These may include, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Support Staff, Veterinary Nurses or University Lecturers. The course is highly flexible offering the following professional and HAUC accredited awards:

  • Professional Certificate in Companion Animal & Equine Health Care
  • Professional Certificate in Large Animal Health Care
  • HAUC University College Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy (UCDip)
  • HAUC Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy (PgD)
  • HAUC Masters in Veterinary Pharmacy (MSc)

The diagram below demonstrates which HAUC accredited modules make up each of the awards.

MODULES Veterinary Medicine
& Wound Care
Animals &
Public Health
Campanion Animal
Health Care
Equine
Health Care
Farm Animal
Health Care
Professional Practice for
Veterinary Pharmacy
Research
Project
Professional Certificate in Companion Animal & Equine Health Care
Professional Certificate in Large Animal Health Care
University College Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy
Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy
Masters in Veterinary Pharmacy

What else could I gain from studying these programmes?

In addition to achieving an academic or professional award, those who complete the following combination(s) of Level 5 Modules and complete
a Viva Voce will also be eligible for SQP registration with AMTRA:

You could potentially benefit from an SQP status before actually completing your chosen programme!

What is the duration & mode of study for these programmes?
These programmes are all offered through a blended learning approach, where most of the study time will be at a distance and independent. As discussed all programmes are broken down into Modules to assist this mode of learning.  The modules offered do run through a set timetable each year, and students are encouraged to follow this as closely as possible so that study days & residential slots can be fully utilised. However, we do understand the extra commitment involved, so some modules will run parallel and be repeated to allow maximum flexibility. The normal timetable would be as follows:

January

to

July

Modules Offered:
Animals & Public Health
Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care
Companion Animal Health Care
Equine Health Care
Professional Practice for Veterinary Pharmacists
(2nd year PgD only)
Research Project
(3rd year MSc only)

Practical Experience Period:

A - (6 month duration)

C - (months 1-6 of 12 month duration)

July

to

December

Modules Offered:
Animals & Public Health
Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care
Farm Animal Health Care
Professional Practice for Veterinary Pharmacists (2nd year PgD only)
Research Project (3rd year MSc only)

Practical Experience Period:

B - (6 month duration)

C - (months 7-12 of 12 month duration)


Therefore, if taken in order of the timetable you can expect the following duration for each programme

  • Professional Certificate in Companion Animal & Equine Health Care – 6 month duration
  • Professional Certificate in Large Animal Health Care – 6 month duration
  • HAUC University College Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy (UCDip) – 12 month duration
  • HAUC Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy (PgD) – 24 month duration
  • HAUC Masters in Veterinary Pharmacy (MSc) – 6 month duration

In terms of time commitment, this would depend on your chosen route and your target date for completion, however, as a guide each module does represent a notional learning time of between 100-300 hours. This is achieved through direct contact (e.g. the study periods in January and July) and independent study (including assignment preparation). Please note that this notional learning time will include a representation of previous experience.


What are the Entry Requirements?

The programmes are offered at different levels of study, therefore for each HAUC award there is a different entry requirement. They are:

UCDip Veterinary Pharmacy
Candidates should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or equivalent. These should normally include English, Mathematics and a Science or their equivalent. Candidates should also be able to provide evidence of a sufficient standard of core educational skills to benefit from, and succeed in higher education and substantial industrial and professional experience and responsibility or an NVQ at Level FE2, 3 or 4 as appropriate.

For candidates with no higher education qualifications, such experiences should normally be of 5 years of more.

PgD/MSc Veterinary Pharmacy
For admission to the University College PgD / MSc Veterinary Pharmacy, candidates would be expected to have obtained a minimum of an upper second class degree in either Pharmacy or a related animal science subject.

Applications may also be considered from candidates with a lower second class honours degree, Foundation Degree or good HND (together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years) or a Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate or equivalent. For all applicants, evidence of previous qualifications is required. However, all are judged on their individual merits.  Non-graduates with significant work experience are also invited to apply.  Where a candidate’s honours degree (or equivalent) was not assessed in English, their English language skills will, typically, be evaluated by interview and/or through demonstration of IELTS scores of 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

Module

A Selection of Indicative Content

Assessment

Animals & Public Health


(A principle module that forms the foundation of all programmes offered)

Pet health care overview and related public health issues

Role of DEFRA, VMD (inc. Suspected adverse reaction reporting (SARs))

Zoonoses, monitoring and recording, prevention and inter-professional communication

For Professional Certs/UCDip:

Coursework  

Animals & Public Health Workbook

For PgD/MSc:

All the above for submission in year 1plus a presentation & report for submission in year 2.

Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care


(A principle module that forms the foundation of all programmes offered)

Legislation & presentation of veterinary medicines

Dispensing veterinary prescriptions

Quality & formulation of veterinary medicines

Veterinary medicines & feed additives

Vaccines & wound care

Veterinary Instrument

For Professional Certs/UCDip:

Coursework

Written Exam

Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care Workbook

For PgD/MSc:

All the above for submission in year 1 plus Coursework & written exam for submission in year 2.

Companion Animal Health Care

Nutrion & health care

Ecto- and endo- parasitic control

Infectious diseases of cats & dogs & vaccines

Racing & show pigeon health care

Management of veterinary wounds in small animals

For Professional Certs/UCDip:

Written Exam

Companion Animal HealthCare Workbook

For PgD/MSc:

All the above for submission in year 1 plus Coursework & written exam for submission in year 2.

Equine Health Care

Nutrition

Equine Management

Ecto- and endo- parasitic control

Other common equine conditions

Diseases controlled by vaccines

For Professional Certs/UCDip:

Coursework

Written Exam

For PgD/MSc:

All the above for submission in year 1 plus Coursework & written exam for submission in year 2.

Farm Animal
Health Care

Zoonoses associated with large animals

Ecto- and endo- parasitic control in farm animals

Notifiable & infectious diseases

Nutrition, metabolic & deficiency diseases

Bees & the health hive

Dairy hygene, mastitis & biosecurity

Review of UK farming & farm health plans

For Professional Certs/UCDip:

Coursework

Written Exam

Farm Animal Health Care Workbook

For PgD/MSc:

All the above for submission in year 1 plus Coursework & written exam for submission in year 2.

Professional Practice
for
Veterinary Pharmacists

Other animal healthcare professionals & communication

Law, Health and Safety

Treatment of animals and the Law:

Business skills

For Professional Certs/UCDip:

N/A

For PgD/MSc:

Case Study Report & Business Plan Portfolio

Research Project

Information sources

Project Management

Research Design

Data Analysis

Interpretation

For Professional Certs/UCDip:

N/A

For PgD:

N/A

MSc:

Research Project/Dissertation

What are the course fees & associated costs?

The course fees are listed below for the 2011 intake and include teaching, learning & assessment (TLA). Lunches, refreshments & any overnight accommodation are not included and charged separately.


Programme Award

Total HAUC Credits

COST

UK & EU

OVERSEAS
Professional Certificate in Companion Animal & Equine Health Care RPSGB Professional Certification 40 @ Level 5 £1360 £1360
Professional Certificate in Large Animal Health Care RPSGB Professional Certification 40 @ Level 5 £1360 £1360
University College Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy Harper Adams UCDip 60 @ Level 5 £2040 £2040
Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy Harper Adams PgD 120 @ Level 7 £3740 £7150
Masters in Veterinary Pharmacy Harper Adams MSc 180 @ Level 7 £4600 £9785

I have previously studied the VPEP and achieved a Professional Certificate/Diploma - what options do I have going forward now that you are in collaboration with Harper Adams University College?

The Professional Certificate and Diploma is still currently recognised by the RPSGB, however if you would like to gain a Higher Education(HE) accreditation in recognition of your previous studies, you will have the option to top-up/convert your professional achievement to a HE recognised qualification. In order to do this, you would have to show evidence of your prior learning & also successfully complete any remaining modules. Detailed below is a list of the current programmes available, fees, and availability dates.

Programme Award

Total HAUC Credits

Available from Available to COST

UK & EU

OVERSEAS
RPSGB Professional Certificate top-up to UCDip Veterinary Pharmacy Harper Adams UCDip 60 @ Level 5 Feb 2011 Dec 2013 £810 £810
RPSGB Professional Diploma conversion to PgD Veterinary Pharmacy Harper Adams PgD 120 @ Level 7 Feb 2011 Dec 2013 Available on request
RPSGB Professional Diploma conversion to MSc Veterinary Pharmacy Harper Adams MSc 180 @ Level 7 Feb 2011 Dec 2013 Available on request

NB: Normal HAUC fees will apply for reassessment or restudy of any assessment, these are available on request.


What are the key dates for 2011?

1. Professional Certificate in Companion Animal & Equine Health Care

Face-to-Face Sessions:
w/c 17th January 2011 (approx. 3 days) - Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules - Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Companion Animal Health Care and Equine Health Care.

Summative Assessment:
23rd February 2011 - Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
30th March 2011 - Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
27th April 2011 - Equine Health Care - Submit Coursework
25th May 2011 - Animals & Public Health, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Submit Workbooks
27th June 2011 - Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @ HAUC
July 2011 - overall results



2. Professional Certificate in Large Animal Health Care

Face-to-Face Sessions:
w/c 18th July 2011 (approx 7 days) – Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules – Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care and Farm Animal Health Care.

Summative Assessment:
31st August 2011 – Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
28th September 2011Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
26th October 2011 - Farm Animal Health Care - Submit Coursework
30th November 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Submit Workbooks
19th December 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @HAUC
January 2012 - overall results



3. University College Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy

Face-to-Face Sessions:
w/c 17th January 2011 (approx. 3 days) - Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules - Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Companion Animal Health Care and Equine Health Care.

w/c 18th July 2011 (approx 7 days) – Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules – Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care and Farm Animal Health Care.

Summative Assessment:
23rd February 2011 - Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
30th March 2011 - Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
27th April 2011 - Equine Health Care - Submit Coursework
25th May 2011 - Animals & Public Health, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Submit Workbooks
27th June 2011 – Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @ HAUC
31st August 2011 – Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
28th September 2011Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
26th October 2011 - Farm Animal Health Care - Submit Coursework
30th November 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Submit Workbooks
19th December 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @HAUC
January 2012 - overall results



4. Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy

Face-to-Face Sessions:
w/c 17th January 2011 (approx. 3 days) - Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules - Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Companion Animal Health Care and Equine Health Care.
w/c 18th July 2011 (approx 7 days) – Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules – Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care and Farm Animal Health Care.
w/c 16th January 2012 (approx. 3 days) - Study day at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules - Animals & Public Health, Companion Animal Health Care, and Equine Health Care.(if required – non compulsory)
w/c 16th – 20th July 2012 (approx 7 days)- Residential at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules – Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care and Farm Animal Health Care. (if required – non compulsory)

Formative Assessment (year 1):
23rd February 2011 - Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
30th March 2011 - Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
27th April 2011 - Equine Health Care - Submit Coursework
25th May 2011 - Animals & Public Health, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Submit Workbooks
27th June 2011 – Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @ HAUC
31st August 2011 – Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
28th September 2011Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
26th October 2011 - Farm Animal Health Care - Submit Coursework
30th November 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Submit Workbooks
19th December 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @HAUC

Summative Assessment (year 2):TBC

January 2013 - overall results



5. Masters in Veterinary Pharmacy

Face-to-Face Sessions:
w/c 17th January 2011 (approx. 3 days) - Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules - Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Companion Animal Health Care and Equine Health Care.
w/c 18th July 2011 (approx 7 days) – Study period at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules – Animals & Public Health, Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care and Farm Animal Health Care.
w/c 16th January 2012 (approx. 3 days) - Study day at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules - Animals & Public Health, Companion Animal Health Care, and Equine Health Care.(if required – non compulsory)
w/c 16th – 20th July 2012 (approx 7 days)- Residential at Harper Adams University College(HAUC), Shropshire covering modules – Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care and Farm Animal Health Care. (if required – non compulsory)

Formative Assessment (year 1):
23rd February 2011 - Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
30th March 2011 - Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
27th April 2011 - Equine Health Care - Submit Coursework
25th May 2011 - Animals & Public Health, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Submit Workbooks
27th June 2011 – Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care, Equine Health Care & Companion Animal Health Care - Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @ HAUC
31st August 2011 – Animals & Public Health - Submit Coursework
28th September 2011Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care - Submit Coursework
26th October 2011 - Farm Animal Health Care - Submit Coursework
30th November 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Submit Workbooks
19th December 2011 – Farm Animal Health Care & Veterinary Medicines & Wound Care – Written Exam & PEP Viva Voce @HAUC

Summative Assessment (year 2):TBC

Summative Assessment (year 3):TBC

January 2014 - overall results