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Online Courses in Toxicology

Private-practice veterinarians and veterinary technicians will benefit from these 60-minute toxicology courses presented by veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

They’re all RACE-approved and good for one hour of CE for individual veterinary medical professionals. To receive RACE CE, register and complete the online courses.  

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Activated Charcoal
Laura Stern, DVM, DABVT, Toxicologist

Activated charcoal can be a useful and potentially lifesaving component of decontamination for a poisoned patient. This course explores safe and effective uses of activated charcoal based on the toxicant, patient factors and time frame.

Kirsten Waratuke, DVM, DABT, Toxicologist

In this course you’ll learn about the three broad types of antidotes (chemical, pharmacological and functional), with Dr. Waratuke focusing on toxicology that small-animal veterinarians are likely to come across in daily or emergency practice. 

Decontamination Methods
Renee Tourdot, DVM, Consulting Veterinarian in Clinical Toxicology

Here you’ll learn the basic principles of animal decontamination, including when decontamination is warranted and under what circumstances it may be contraindicated. Oral, dermal and ocular decontamination methods are discussed in detail, including suggestions for successful decontamination of exotic species.

Household Toxic Hazards: The Good, The Bad, and The Tasty
Mary Schell, DVM, DABVT, DABT, Senior Toxicologist

Are you aware of the risks that many household products pose for causing intoxication in pets? This course shows how to identify substances of low risk and thus prevent over-treatment in pets, and how to identify substances posing significant risk that should be managed promptly to minimize harm.

The ABCs of Rodenticides
Cristine Hayes, DVM, DABT, DABVT, Senior Toxicologist

This course teaches how to recognize the differences between various rodenticides and the effects they have on animals.

The Toxicology of Human Medications
Kirsten Waratuke, DVM, DABT, Toxicologist

Dr. Hayes reviews common clinical signs and treatment approaches for a variety of common human medication exposures.

The Toxicology of Holiday Plants
Charlotte Means, DVM, MLIS, DABVT, DABT, Director of Toxicology

In this course you’ll learn about common plants used for decorating during the holidays, such as poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas trees and Christmas cactus. Dr. Means reviews the history, toxicity, clinical signs and treatment options when these plants are ingested.

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