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College of Pharmacy partners with Covetrus to offer students hands-on learning experience

College of Pharmacy students Evan Carrell and Marlee Smith get experience with animal pharmaceuticals at the Hart shelter
College of Pharmacy students Evan Carrell and Marlee Smith get experience with animal pharmaceuticals at the Hart shelter

August 20, 2019

Dean of the College of Pharmacy Robert McCarthy being interviewed by WMTW
Dean of the College of Pharmacy Robert McCarthy being interviewed by WMTW

UNE’s College of Pharmacy is partnering with Covetrus, a global leader in animal health-technology and services, to offer an advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) to pharmacy doctoral candidates.

The Covetrus APPE, also known as a "rotation,” will allow UNE’s pharmacy students to gain experience and skills by delivering pharmaceutical and other animal-health related work supervised by members of the Covetrus Global Prescription Management pharmacy team.

“Student-centered learning is at the core of our pharmacy program and the Covetrus AAPE curriculum complements our approach,” said Robert McCarthy, Ph.D., dean of UNE’s College of Pharmacy. “We look forward to partnering with Covetrus, a leader in the animal-health sector and one Maine’s largest employers, to further develop our students and present them with exciting opportunities within the growing animal-health sector.”

The curriculum was created by Covetrus Vice President of Pharmacy Services and Pharmacist-in-Charge, Jennifer O’Grady, Pharm.D, RPh.

“We are thrilled to add Maine-based University of New England to our growing roster of university partners,” said O’Grady, who works from Covetrus’ corporate headquarters in Portland. “The animal health sector is rapidly growing as a result of pets becoming more integrated as members of the family unit. At Covetrus we are committed to helping prepare a new generation of pharmacists with the tools and knowledge to improve the healthcare of animals through cohesive collaboration with veterinarians.”

Covetrus’ APPE curriculum includes practical experience with veterinary pharmacology, as well as other topics, such as the application of pharmacy law in the veterinary space. Students will have the option to gain hands-on experience at the new Covetrus pharmacy, which is located within miles of the UNE campus. Following the completion of the six-week course, students can expect to have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the differences between human and veterinary pharmacy. They will also be in position to capitalize on the growing number of career opportunities in the animal health sector.

The University of New England is the sixth University to adopt Covetrus’ APPE curriculum. Covetrus’ APPE programs are in place at Creighton University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Midwestern University, Texas Southern University and the University of Arizona.

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