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PHAR203-0312: Common Toxicants for the Spring and Summer

Camille DeClementi. VMD, ABVT, ABT
Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, ABVT, ABT, PhD
Tina Wismer, DVM, ABVT, ABT
COURSE OPEN: March 6-April 4, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, March 13, 20, and 27; 9:30 pm-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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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. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have an interest in learning about Spring and Summer plant, indoor and outdoor toxicologic hazards to pets. This course is geared toward veterinarians and higher level and credentialed veterinary technicians.

VIN CE Course: Open to Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

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. The initial session will cover the toxicology of hazardous indoor and outdoor plants, including identification, toxicologic risk, diagnosis and management of exposures/toxicoses. The second session will include seasonal household items that are of toxicologic significance and the risks, diagnostics and management of exposures/toxicoses. The final session will cover outdoor hazards that pets may encounter during the spring and summer months, including relative risks, diagnosis, and management of exposures/toxicoses.

This course consists of three (3) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). 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.

Recommended articles: * The full text for these recommended articles can be downloaded at no cost from

About the Instructors:
Dr. Camille DeClementi is responsible for the management of medical records in the ASPCA Animal Health Services Department which includes the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and the ASPCA Mobile Clinics. 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 animal poison control center in 1999. DeClementi became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology in 2006 and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology in 2007. She has spoken on various clinical veterinary toxicology issues and has authored several peer-viewed toxicology articles and book chapters.

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).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session March 13): Toxic Plants (Indoor and Out)
Recommended Reading (prior to the March 13 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 20): Common Indoor Hazards
Recommended Reading (prior to the March 20 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 27): Common Outdoor Hazards
Recommended Reading (prior to March 27 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.


Tuition: VIN and VSPN Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by February 22, 2012).
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by February 22, 2012).

Non-Member veterinarian staff members must register for VSPN membership at in order to take advantage of this course.
* Veterinary Technician Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  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 6 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 VSPN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
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