Venoms and Toxins in Small Animal Practice

Venoms and Toxins in Small Animal Practice

CPD HOURS - 20 | RACE Approved


Duration:  4 Weeks - Starts Monday, May 28, 2018 (Check your time-zone)

For: Vet Nurses/Vet Technicians

Course Fees: 350 AUD (Check your currency)

Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 19:30 AEST (Check your time-zone)

These tutorials are recorded if you are unable to participate in real-time.

Venoms and Toxins in Small Animal Practice

Course Schedule

Week 1 - The Approach to the Poisoned Patient!

Successful management of the poisoned patient involves enacting a specific approach to the patient - from history-taking to patient stabilisation and everything in-between, including how to remove the toxin, how and when to use antidotes and much more! This week we will outline a straight-forward approach to the poisoned patient that will shed help ensure your patients stand the BEST chance of surviving!

Week 2 - Toxins Causing Seizures!

Many toxins cause seizures - including may insecticides, compost, and even chocolate! This week you will learn a tried and tested evidence-based approach to managing patients with toxicity causing seizures - including when to use things like activated charcoal and antidotes! What's more, you will uncover importance of patient monitoring in these critical patients - what to look for, what to monitor, and when to act!

Week 3 - Poison Pills, Plants and Potions!

This week, you will journey through a host of toxins, such as prescription drugs, illicit drugs, household toxins and plant toxins such as lillies and cycads and even things such as essential oils - all of which can cause significant toxicity and death in exposed patients! Learn what to do, the best advice to give clients, and how to manage these toxicity patient effectively!

Week 4 - Snakes, Ticks and Toads!

This week is all about animal toxins and venoms. Australia is home to some of the world’s most deadly venomous animals - not the least of which are our wonderful venomous snakes! Learn what's new in snake bite management, how to safely administer antivenom and how to manage these exciting cases to achieve a successful outcome! We’ll also cover major envenoming snake bites in North America and Asia as well!

Additionally, many toads, ticks, and spiders can all be toxic to dogs and cats. Learn the latest in the diagnosis and management of these important toxins and poisons, including paralysis tick, cane toad poisoning and suspected spider bite. In addition, this week, we will cover envenomation and toxicity from a host of other creatures, such as Puffer fish!

Patients with envenomation or intoxication are some of the most exciting patients seen in practice – but they can also be daunting to manage too! We will guide you through the essentials of first aid advice, and preparing your clinic for the patient arrival. You will learn the essential steps to stabilizing your venom and toxin patients, the diagnostic tests you and your vets will need, and how to interpret them, proper patient toxin decontamination, proper administration of antivenin and more – including helpful checklists, treatment protocols, and tables and charts to make your “venom and toxin” patient treatment fun and rewarding!

Your Tutor

Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (VECC; Medicine of Dogs)
Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd

  • Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Internationally renowned lecturer and published author
  • Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning!

Course Features

Printed and Bound Course Book
Comprehensive Learning Resources
Graded Course Assessment
Discussion Forums
Live and Online Weekly Tutorials
Extra Course Resources
Protocols For Your Practice
Structured and RACE Approved CE

Course Fee

The cost for this 4-week vet nurse/vet technician course is only AUD 350. This fee includes postage of your course book, full access to our website for the duration of the course, including message-board access, and all online tutorials, quiz assessments, marking and advice, and a certificate on successful course completion.