VIN PHAR206-0420: Spring into Toxicology

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenters: Laura Stern, DVM, ABVT
Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, ABVT, ABT, PhD
Tina Wismer, DVM, ABVT, ABT
Charlotte Means, DVM, MLIS, ABVT, ABT

Course Open: April 29-June 6, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2020; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinarians and higher level/credentialed veterinary technicians/technologists. Participants in this course should have an interest in learning about how different toxicologic hazards affect our pets and the best way to utilize diagnostic tools to aid the general practitioner in treating them.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists.

Course Information:
Participants will learn about a variety of common toxicologic hazards that are frequently encountered by pets. The initial session will cover the basic understanding of toxicokinetic principles and how they apply to managing toxicology cases. Followed by a session on common toxicology drugs, and when and how to use them. The third and final sessions will comprehensively cover two drug groups that are commonly encountered with toxicosis, marijuana and mushrooms.

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 6, 2020): Practical Toxicology Concepts
Presenter: Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, ABVT, ABT, PhD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • understand the basic toxicokinetic principles that apply to managing toxicology cases.
  • perform dosage and other calculations used when managing toxicology cases.
  • understand appropriate and effective decontamination techniques for managing toxicology cases.

Week 2 (Real Time Session May 13, 2020): Common Therapeutic Medications for the Treatment of Toxicosis
Presenter: Laura Stern DVM, DABVT
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • understand the mechanism of action of common medications used in the treatment of toxicoses.
  • appreciate the use of specific therapeutic medications for the treatment of specific toxicoses.
  • recognize adverse reactions associate with these medications.

Week 3 (Real Time Session May 20, 2020): Marijuana and Other Illicit Drugs Toxicoses
Presenter: Tina Wismer, DVM, ABVT, ABT
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • identify and treat common marijuana toxicoses.
  • identify and treat uncommon (Ethanol, GHB, Ecstasy, etc.) mind altering toxicoses.

Week 4 (Real Time Session May 27, 2020): Mushroom Toxicity
Presenter: Charlotte Means, DVM, MLIS, ABVT, ABT
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • identify and treat common mushroom toxicoses.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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.

About the Presenters:
Laura Stern received her DVM degree from Michigan State University. She is the Director of Training and Quality Assurance at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology in 2016.

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 is 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.

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 Master Gardener and a consultant for VIN (Veterinary Information Network).

Charlotte Means is Director of Toxicology for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. She is a toxicology consultant on VIN and is an adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois. She 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 weekly toxicology rounds for the ASPCA animal

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by April 16, 2020)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by April 16, 2020)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 6, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

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

To Enroll:
  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com 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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

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