A practical approach to managing toxicities in small animal practice (2023)

8 weeksECC10 CPD hours

Dealing with animals that have ingested toxins can be one of the most stressful and challenging situations for us, when working in small animal practice. With this new tutored, interactive course, we hope to take some of that stress away. We will explore some of the most common toxins and look in detail at what we really know about the underlying pathophysiology. Apart from some of the common decontamination strategies, we will take a more focused approach to the various treatments and antidotes. You will come away from this course with the tools to treat these stressful cases with confidence.

The course is run by Kerry Doolin who is a Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care.

This course runs over a eight-week period and takes approximately 10 hours to complete and is the equivalent of 10 hours of CPD. It is delivered via video webinars and supplemented with discussion forums and live Q&A case discussion with the course tutors, giving you the opportunity to ask questions or discuss cases you may be facing in your practice.

Access to this course is for 12 months from the start of the course going live on our website. If you sign up to the course after the live session has run, you will still be able to access the recording from the live session. The discussion forum will be monitored for the course duration only.

Course Content

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Lesson1: Dealing with the ‘chocolate’ lab 16/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Discuss why chocolate is a problem and how much you should be worried about.
  • Learn about the most logical diagnostic approach in these patients.
  • Treatment… what is needed and when?
Lesson 2: Giving you a ‘raisin’ not to eat mince pies 23/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review the most up to date information regarding the pathogenesis of this complex toxicity.
  • One raisin or twenty mince pies, when should you intervene?
  • Learn how to manage the acute renal failure when it happens.
Lesson 3: ‘Xplaining xylitol’ 30/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Discuss how much of this toxin is a problem and why.
  • What are the most appropriate actions in an emergency.
  • Learn about the most up to date treatment options; glucose, hepatopathy and coagulation.
Lesson 4: ‘Ethylene glycol’… Not drunk enough 06/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review what we know about the pathophysiology of this toxicity.
  • Discuss the stages of disease and what interventions will work and when.
  • Are there any treatment options that really work… reaching for the vodka.
Lesson 5: Love, life and ‘lillies’ 13/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • Why is this one such a problem for cats?
  • How do we approach decontamination in these cases.
  • Is dialysis ever a reasonable consideration?
Lesson 6: ‘NSAIDS’ – What could go wrong? 20/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review how NSAIDs work and why this is the problem when they go wrong.
  • Learn about the best treatment option… more than gastroprotection?
  • Which patients should we be avoiding these drugs in… even at normal doses.
Lesson 7: The problem with ‘paracetamol’ 27/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • Paracetamol can be such a useful drug… when does it become a problem?
  • What are the most appropriate actions in an emergency.
  • When is paracetamol not the problem?
Lesson 8: Live Q&A Session (Thursday 07/12/2023) @ 8pm GMT 1 Quiz
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
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Meet the speakers

Kerry Doolin

ECC Specialist

Kerry has been an emergency vet for 15 years after graduating from the University of Sydney in 2005. Kerry furthered her training via a speciality emergency and critical care internship at the University of California in Davis, followed by a three year residency in emergency and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College in London. In 2019 she passed her specialty exams to become a diplomat of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care. For the last year she has been working in Sydney as Head of ECC at North Shore Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre.

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