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VIN CE Course PHAR203-0214: Common Toxicants for the Spring and Summer 2014

Enrollment is closed.

Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, ,PhD, DABVT, DABT
Tina Wismer, DVM, DABVT, DABT
Charlotte Means, DVM, MLIS, DABVT, DABT

COURSE OPEN: February 26- April 5, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is intended for veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians actively interested in spring and summer plant, indoor, and outdoor toxicologic hazards to pets.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Participants will learn about a variety of common toxicologic hazards that are frequently encountered by pets during the spring and summer months of the year including hazardous indoor and outdoor plants, seasonal household items that are of toxicologic risk, seasonal outdoor hazards, and the most common rodenticides. We will discuss the relative risks, diagnostics, and management for each type of exposure/toxicosis.

This course consists of four (4) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Articles: About the Instructors:
Dr. Camille DeClementi oversees the ordering of medical supplies and the quality, consistency and integrity of the medical records for the following ASPCA programs: the Animal Poison Control Center, ASPCA Animal Hospital and the Spay/Neuter Programs. She also provides staff training in addition to being a media spokesperson for the Animal Poison Control Center on poisoning topics. Dr. DeClementi received her BS in Biology from Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania in 1990, and her VMD from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She practiced emergency and general medicine in Pittsburgh and Tennessee before joining the poison center in 1999. Dr. DeClementi became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology in 2006 and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology in 2007 and is a Certified Veterinary Journalist. She has spoken on various clinical veterinary toxicology issues and has authored several peer-viewed articles and book chapters. Dr. DeClementi is a past co-owner of the Animal Emergency Clinic in Champaign, IL.

Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant received her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and her PhD in veterinary pathology at Kansas State University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and the American Board of Toxicology. Formerly Vice President/Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Dr. Gwaltney-Brant currently works as a consultant in veterinary toxicology and veterinary forensic toxicology and pathology. She has been a toxicology consultant on VIN since 2000, and she also holds adjunct faculty status at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Tina Wismer is Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology in 2003. Dr. Wismer is an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois, a visiting professor at St. Matthews University (Cayman), and a consultant for VIN (Veterinary Information Network).

Dr. Charlotte Means is a Senior Consulting Veterinary Toxicologist for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She primarily consults on toxicology cases as well as serves as the Center's Librarian ensuring maintenance of the Center's library resources and performs literature searches to support ongoing cases and research. She also leads the ABVT review session annually for candidates interested in preparing for the ABVT exam.

Course Outline:
*Note: The journal articles listed as recommended reading prior to each Real Time Session will be available in the course library.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 5, 2014): Toxic plants - indoor and out
Recommended Reading (prior to March 5 Real Time Session): Content: We will discuss presentation, clinical signs and treatment for the following indoor and outdoor plants : calcium oxalate-containing plants (soluble and insoluble), Dracaena, poinsettia, hydrangea, ornamental bulb plants, sago palms, lilies, cardiac glycoside-containing plants, Kalanchoe, grayanotoxin-containing plants, yew, alkaloid-containing plants, tobacco, marijuana, hops, and lectin-containing plants.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 12, 2014): Common indoor hazards
Recommended Reading (prior to March 12 Real Time Session): Content: We will discuss presentation, clinical signs and treatment for the following toxicants: polyurethane adhesives, spot-on insecticides, ant baits, glow-in-the-dark jewelry, batteries, mothballs, pennies, grapes and raisins, xylitol, macadamia nuts, pseudoephedrine, fabric softener sheets and paint balls.

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 19, 2014): Common outdoor hazards
Recommended Reading (prior to March 19 Real Time Session):
Content: We will discuss presentation, clinical signs and treatment for the following toxicants: blue-green algae, Bufo toads, grilling items, fertilizers, fireflies, herbicides, insecticides, mulches, pressure-treated lumber, mushrooms, pool hazards, snail baits, and tremorgenic mycotoxins.

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 26, 2014): Rodenticides from ABCD to Z
Content: We will discuss common rodenticides, including risks, diagnosis and management. We will also cover less common rodenticides that consumers may use.


Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by February 12, 2014)
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by February 12, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on March 5, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

Enrollment is closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 8 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB 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 VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

VIN CE Services:
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