Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 948120.


Content Presenter

Jennifer Hopkins, DVM


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: Emergency Triage of the Poisoned Patient: History Taking and Initial Diagnostics utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

This course offers guidance on complete and thorough history taking for a poisoned patient, including a focus on what information is key to obtaining an appropriate risk assessment for a particular toxin. Common toxins will be reviewed, including fast-acting and potentially life-threatening exposures as well as “good” toxins that are of minor toxicologic concern and may be taken care of by telephone triage only. A brief overview of initial diagnostic options for a poisoned patient will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • explain the components of a concise, targeted, and thorough history relevant to a poisoned patient
  • identify common toxicologic concerns that are presented to veterinary clinics
  • recognize agents that are fast acting and require immediate medical attention
  • explain how an initial triage and baseline diagnostics can provide necessary information to guide treatment options for a poisoned patient


Open Enrollment with Immediate Access and Individual Scheduling

This is an open enrollment course. Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.

This is an asynchronous course, meaning it does not contain real time components. Participants do not need to be logged into the course at specific times to attend lectures or view presentations. Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting.

Completion Deadline:

Participants have 60 days from date of enrollment to view the presentation, as often as desired, as well as submit the two completion requirements outlined below. If after 60 days the completion requirements have not been submitted, the participant will be graded out of the course as incomplete.


Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the quiz with a score of 80% or better - multiple attempts are permitted
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.


Course Fee

Price: $25.00 USD

Practices may enroll individual team members. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.

Please use this link to view the Withdrawal Policy for this course.


Participant Feedback

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

...The information on interrupt toxins and ones that can potentially be handled from home.

...Great lecture! I liked that "good toxins" were also included in the content. I also found the information about open and closed end questions in history taking to be pertinent.

...great organization, relevant and useful. Meaningful test questions

...The description and list of interrupt toxins will most likely provide the most practical use. I also appreciated getting an in depth look at history taking for toxin exposure.