Veterinary Opioids (On-Demand Course)

Veterinary Opioids


About the Course

This one-hour, online, RACE-approved module is designed to equip the participant with a basic understanding of opioid abuse and controlled substance diversion, as well as inventory recordkeeping and security requirements. The course was designed to meet the opioid training requirements of the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME). Federal regulations concerning labeling, use, compounding, recordkeeping, and security of prescription and controlled drugs are also addressed.


The participant will develop a basic understanding of opioid abuse and of controlled substance diversion.  The participant will be able to develop basic knowledge and understanding of inventory and security.

Specific attention is given to the TBVME Rules:

  • Rule 573.40: Labeling of Medications Dispensed;
  • Rule 573.41: Use of Prescription Drugs;
  • Rule 573.42: Use of Scheduled Drugs in Training/Racing; 
  • Rule 573.44: Compounding Drugs;
  • Rule 573.50: Controlled Substances Record-Keeping for Drugs on Hand;
  • Rule 573.61: Minimum Security for Controlled Substances; and
  • Rule 573.43: Controlled Substance Registration.

Specific attention is given to Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations:

  • 1301.11: Persons Required to Register;
  • 1301.12: Separate Registrations for Separate Locations;
  • 1301.71: Security Requirements;
  • 1301.75: Physical Security Controls for Practitioners;
  • 1301.76: Other Security Controls;
  • 1304.03: Persons Required to Keep Records and File Reports; and
  • 1304.04: Maintenance of Records and Inventories.

About the Instructors

Carly Patterson, DVM

Carly Patterson, DVM is a clinical assistant professor in the department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS). She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has a special interest in clinical pharmacology. She teaches pharmacology to second-year students in the professional veterinary curriculum.

Amy Savarino

Amy Savarino, PharmD

Amy Savarino, PharmD is the chief pharmacist at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). She is a diplomate of the International College of Veterinary Pharmacy, and a fellow and the treasurer of the Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists. Dr. Savarino has worked in the VMTH pharmacy for 11 years and has been the chief pharmacist since 2018. She serves as director for the Texas A&M Veterinary Pharmacy Residency Program.


Contact Information

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