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TECH100-0305: FUNdamentals of Toxicology
Katrina McKnight, CVT, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Urbana, Illinois.
Assistants in Real Time Sessions and Message boards:
Sharon M. Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, PhD, Veterinary Poison Information Specialist, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Urbana, Illinois.
Eric Dunayer, VMD, Veterinary Poison Information Specialist, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Urbana, Illinois.
Margaret Moorman, CVT, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Urbana, IL
Michael Knight, DVM, ABVT, ABT, Consulting Veterinary Toxicologist, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Elizabeth Van Winkle, CVT, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Urbana, IL
March 17 - April 8, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings March 22 and 29; 9:30pm - 11:30pm ET (USA)
FUNdamentals of Toxicology will cover "General Management of Poisonings" and "Common Household Hazards." This interactive course has an emphasis on visual aids and case reports. The two sessions will include lecture notes and will be supported by a series of web-based case problems.
This course is designed and course work will be geared specifically for the veterinary support personnel in practice (i.e. veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, receptionists, etc.)
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
WEEK 1: General Management of Poisonings (Small Animals and Exotics)
This session will emphasize the important elements in triage and history taking for poisoning cases and suspected poisoning cases, including how to ask all the right questions when clients call about exposures.
We will highlight the five basic steps in managing an emergency poisoning case: assessing the situation (quickly obtaining pertinent information such as the product, clinical signs, vitals), stabilizing the animal (checklist of what items are necessary to begin treating the patient), preventing absorption, monitoring the animal (what to look for, what to be ready for), and initiating ancillary measures.
Medications, supplies, and procedures commonly used in toxicology will be discussed, including a presentation on setting up and performing gastric lavage.
Also included will be a discussion of what types of samples are needed for specific poisoning cases so your practice is prepared to submit the appropriate diagnostic samples.
WEEK 2 - Common Household Hazards
This session will focus on common types of toxicants found in the home - including , rodenticides, chocolate, lilies, grapes and raisins, xylitol, and paintballs.
Specifically included will be how to identify the active ingredients, specific clinical signs (including what a client or staff person sees in vomitus, stools, etc), and tips/techniques to rule out what a substance might or might not be.
This session will also cover how to calculate the dose of toxin that has been ingested.
Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 4 CEU's
$FREE thanks to the sponsorship of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals - Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA-APCC)
NOTE: Registrations WILL BE CLOSED on March 17 OR when we reach 300 participants, whichever comes first; Register immediately to assure your spot.
Note: "This course has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)
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