VSPN TECH264-0819: Toxicology A-Z

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

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Instructor:

Jeff Backus RVT, VTS(ECC)


Course Open: August 5, 2019-September 26, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, August 12, 19, 26, (no class September 2 for Labor Day), and September 9 , 16, 2019; 8:30-10:00 PM ET (USA)
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To prepare for your online experience, review the VIN-VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff that are actively interested in a better understanding of toxins and their effects.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-37308) “

Course Description:
In this course, we will review common toxic ingestions for dogs and cats. We’ll discuss toxic principles, LD50, and antidotal or supportive therapies. Each week will bring a new discussion of a specific set of toxins-from household products, to medications, rodenticides/insect repellants, etc.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 12): Toxic Principles and Uncommon Intoxications
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand the concept of LD50.
  • Explain the value of a poison control consult.
  • Discuss common clinical signs of toxicity.
Week 2 (Real Time Session August 19): Household Toxins
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the toxic principle of household toxins.
  • Discuss the toxic principles and treatment options for grapes and raisins.
  • Understand the toxic principles and treatment options for lilies.
  • Discuss the toxic principles and treatment options for chocolate.
  • Discuss the toxic principles and treatment options for fertilizer.
Week 3 (Real Time Session August 26): Common Medication Toxins
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the toxic principles and treatment options of NSAIDs.
  • Discuss the toxic principles and treatment options of THC.
  • Understand the toxic principles and treatment options of antidepressant drugs.
  • Discuss the toxic principles and treatment options of muscle relaxants.
Week 4 (Real Time Session September 9): Rodenticides
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the differences of types of rodenticides available.
  • Discuss the clinical signs of intoxication and treatment options available.
Week 5 (Real Time Session September 16): Other Uncommon Toxins
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the different types of plant-related toxins that can be seen in a clinical setting.
  • Discuss the clinical signs of intoxication and treatment options available.
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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructor:
Jeff Backus, RVT, VTS(ECC) started as a veterinary assistant in general practice in 1995. He began working in ECC in 2004. He became an RVT in 2009 and was an ER/ICU Supervisor at Animal Urgent Care for over 12 years. Jeffrey also taught part time at his alma mater, Heritage College, for 7 years. In 2013, he became credentialed as a VTS(ECC), sat on the AVECCTN exam committee for 3 years, and now is the committee chair of the credentialing committee. He has been on the Board of Directors for the California RVT Association for 6 years, currently serving as Vice President. Most recently, he moved to Massachusetts to join academia, working as an ECC technician at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a frequent lecturer and speaker on all topics related to emergency and critical care, with a focus on toxicology, ECG, pain management, and endocrine emergencies.

Total CE Credit: 7.5

Tuition: Member $158 ($143 early bird special if enrolled by July 22, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 12, 2019 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. 792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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*Note: "This program has been approved for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-37308)" ;

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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
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