ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

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Animal Poison Control Center

(888) 426-4435

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) provides toxicology educational programs, consulting services, review of case data as an alternative to traditional animal research, and a 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment hotline which can be reached at (888) 426-4435.

Veterinary Resources

Veterinary Lifeline Partner Program
VLPP gives veterinarians and veterinary clinics immediate access to the expert staff of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Toxicology Hotline
To help diagnose and offer treatment options, APCC uses AnTox™, a comprehensive clinical animal toxicology data collection and retrieval system. The AnTox database contains more than one million animal cases involving pesticide, drug, plant, metal and other exposures in food-producing, wildlife, zoo and companion animals. The APCC hotline, which fields more than 180,000 cases each year from the public, can be reached at (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.


APCC provides up-to-the-minute information about the poisonous plants that animals encounter most often, as well as many other common hazards. APCC publishes e-newsletters for veterinary professionals that include latest research and case studies. In addition, APCC offers an extensive collection of scientific journals, books and online toxicology resources.

Animal Poison Control Center Articles
A collection of veterinary toxicology articles written by APCC experts.

Poisonous Plants List
The most frequently encountered plants that produce ill effects on animals.

Poison Control for Pet Owners
Animal poison control resources from the APCC that professionals can share with clients or their communities.

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Staff, Structure & Partnerships

As of January 2013, the APCC staff included:

  • 24 veterinarians, including 11 board-certified toxicologists
  • 19 certified veterinary technicians
  • 16 full-time veterinary assistants
  • 27 support staffers

APCC is an Allied Agency of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Several staff members currently hold university appointments, and APCC provides clinical toxicology training to veterinary toxicology residents.

APCC is also a member of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and works closely with human-focused centers to provide information on animal poisonings.

APCC partners with PetRays, which provides telemedicine consulting services to help veterinarians improve the speed and quality of animal health care. Board-certified specialists provide consultations in the areas of radiology, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, dentistry, ophthalmology, critical care, anesthesiology, neurology and oncology.