PHAR203-0313: Common Toxicants for the Spring and Summer 2013
Enrollment is closed.
Camille DeClementi. VMD, ABVT, ABT
Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, ABVT, ABT, PhD
Tina Wismer, DVM, ABVT, ABT
Charlotte Means, DVM, MLIS, DABVT, DABT
March 11-April 18, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Mondays, March 18, 25, April 1 and 8; 9:30 -11:30 pm ET (USA)
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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.
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*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
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one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians
actively interested in learning about Spring and Summer plant, indoor and outdoor toxicologic
hazards to pets.
This course is geared toward veterinarians and higher level credentialed veterinary
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
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 third session will cover outdoor hazards that pets may
encounter during the spring and summer months, including relative risks, diagnosis,
and management of exposures/toxicoses. The final session will cover the most
common rodenticides, including risks, diagnosis and management. It will also
cover less common rodenticides that consumers may use.
This course consists of four (4) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
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
- identify common indoor and outdoor plants of concern to pets,
understand their relative toxicologic risks, and devise a management
strategy for patients exposed to those plants.
- identify common seasonal indoor hazards to pets, understand
their relative toxicologic risks, and devise a management
strategy for patients exposed to those hazards.
- identify common spring and summer outdoor hazards to pets,
understand their relative toxicologic risks, and devise a management
strategy for patients exposed to those hazards.
- calculate a dose and determine the risk of a Rodenticide, and
devise a management strategy for pets exposed to a rodenticide.
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.
About the Instructors:
Dr. Camille DeClementi
- The 10 most common toxicoses in cats, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2006; 101(6):339-342.
- The 10 most common toxicoses in dogs, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2006; 101(3):142-148.
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).
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.
(Real Time Session March 18):
Toxic plants (indoors and out)
Recommended Reading (prior to March 18 Real Time Session):
Easter lily toxicosis in cats, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 1999;94(4):331.
How dangerous are winter and spring holiday plants to pets?,
Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2002;97(12).
Kalanchoe species poisoning in pets, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2004; 99(11).
Spring-blooming bulbs: a year-round problem, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2002; 97(8).
The dangers of nicotine ingestion in dogs, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2004;99(3).
The dangers of yew ingestion, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2005; 100(9):646-650.
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.
(Real Time Session March 25):
Common indoor hazards
Recommended Reading (prior to March 25 Real Time Session):
Macadamia nut toxicosis in dogs. Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine. 2002: 97(4)
Moth repellent toxicosis. Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine. 2005: 100(1)
New findings on the effects of xylitol ingestion in dogs. Toxicology Brief,
Veterinary Medicine. 2006: 101(12).
Paintball toxicosis in dogs. Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine. 2003: 98(12)
Permethrin spot-on products can be toxic in cats. Toxicology Brief,
Veterinary Medicine. 1998: 93(12)
Zinc toxicosis from penny ingestion in dogs. Toxicology Brief,
Veterinary Medicine. 2002: 97(2)
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.
(Real Time Session April 1):
Common outdoor hazards
Recommended Reading (prior to April 1 Real Time Session):
Bufo species toxicosis: big toad, big problem. Veterinary Medicine. 2004;99(5).
Disulfoton: a deadly threat to pets. Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine. 2003; 98(6).
Helping animals exposed to the herbicide paraquat. Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine. 2004; 99(9).
Metaldehyde toxicosis. Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine. 2003;98(3).
Mushroom poisoning in dogs, Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine, 2007;102(2):95-100.
Tremorgenic mycotoxin ingestion. Toxicology Brief, Veterinary Medicine. 2000;95(4)
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.
(Real Time Session April 8):
Rodenticides from ABCD to Z
We will discuss common rodenticides, including risks, diagnosis and management.
We will also cover less common rodenticides that consumers may use.
CE CREDITS: 8
Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by February 25)
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