The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Medication Dispensary serves as the medication hub for the entire hospital population, including small animal patients, large animal patients, wildlife, and zoo animals. The medication dispensary is involved in the following and more:
- Provide drug information resources
- Compound medications when patients require a different dosage form, strength, or ingredients
- Provide support for research
The Medication Dispensary offers a unique opportunity in that medications are dispensed for both inpatient and outpatient use and are refilled for clients. Therefore, we function as both an inpatient and outpatient pharmacy. This provides for a variety of experiences for students and allows them to hone their skills interacting with clients and clinicians.
Veterinary medicine utilizes many human medications; however, we have some unique drugs and compounds you will not have seen before. This will allow students to put what they have learned about class-wide mechanisms and side effects to the test, apply themselves, and think outside the box.
During this rotation students will acquire experience in compounding:
- transdermal medications.
Students will also learn about veterinary pharmacy regulations, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic variability in different species, common zoonotic diseases, and the most common disease states encountered in veterinary pharmacy, along with the appropriate treatment options.
The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Medication Dispensary is currently accepting Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students. We have agreements with the University of Chicago, Butler, Findlay, and the University of Maryland. If you would like to complete a rotation with us but your School of Pharmacy does not currently have a site agreement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process started.
The medication dispensary facilities include a large non-sterile compounding room, a USP 797/800 compliant cleanroom, and a drug room housed at our Veterinary Medicine South Clinic location.
Jessica Barazowski, PharmD, FSVHP
Dr. Barazowski was the first Veterinary Pharmacy Resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital from 2022 – 2023. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 2021 and completed a 1-year Community Based Pharmacy Residency in Kenosha, Wisconsin prior to starting her residency with the University of Illinois. She is currently a staff pharmacists with us but would love to support veterinary clinics via the addition of pharmacy services.
Alexandria Gochenauer, PharmD, FSVHP (preceptor)
Dr. Gochenauer is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She graduated from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Pharmacy in 2019 and completed her veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Gochenauer started her position with the University of Illinois. She also works as a consultant for Plumb’s Veterinary Handbook (Brief Media), develops social media content for the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, and writes content for the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.
Leslie Horner, RPh
Leslie Horner is a registered pharmacist who has worked in veterinary pharmacy for many years. She has also spent time in community pharmacy practice and is a wealth of knowledge.
Sarah Lira, PharmD, FSVHP
Dr. Lira is the second Veterinary Pharmacy Resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Prior to her residency she graduated from Midwestern University of 2023. She has previous experience as a veterinary technician and has an interest in research and teaching.
Linda Blan, CPhT
Heather Simmons, CPhT
Austin Smith, CPhT
First- through third-year veterinary students work in our pharmacy during veterinary school to expand their medication knowledge.