Vets Now CPD events to highlight the importance of being prepared when it comes to toxicology

Renowned vet Amanda Boag and ECC specialist Tobias Grave are among the speakers at a series of talks starting next month on toxicology.
Emergency and critical care experts Vets Now are hosting the full-day CPD events which are being staged in eight towns and cities across the country.

The aim of the CPD programme is to equip vets and vet nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to deal with poisons in practice.

Among the topics on the agenda will be what’s new in toxicology and what to do when pets take human drugs.

Image of Amanda Boag presenting at Vets Now Congress, for Vets Now article on toxicology CPD
Renowned vet Amanda Boag will deliver three of the eight events on toxicology

There will also be sessions on how to approach a poisoned patient, treating dogs who have ingested rat poison and nephrotoxicity.

RCVS junior vice-president, Amanda Boag, who is Vets Now’s clinical director, will kick off the CPD programme in Maidstone on March 13.

She said: “Toxicology is one of the most talked-about topics in veterinary emergency medicine, mainly because it is so common.

“These events will be of great value to vets and vet nurses who want to know how to deal with poisons in practice.”

This is the second national CPD roadshow Vets Now has hosted. The previous programme focussed on small animal blood transfusions.

“At Vets Now, we are committed to bringing relevant and pioneering CPD and training to veterinary clinicians and nurses throughout the UK."

Amanda Boag RCVS junior vice-president and Vets Now clinical director

Amanda added: “At Vets Now, we are committed to bringing relevant and pioneering CPD and training to veterinary clinicians and nurses throughout the UK.

“We already hold an internationally-renowned ECC Congress in Harrogate every November, which will also have a toxicology theme this year”

The toxicology events will provide vets and vet nurses working in daytime practice or ECC with six hours of highly-valuable CPD.

Tobias Grave, an American, European and RCVS-recognised specialist in ECC at Vets Now’s emergency and specialty hospital in Glasgow, is hosting the second event in Sheffield on March 22.

He is confident all vet professionals who attend will benefit.

Tobias said: “You can come across an intoxicated patient anywhere in the UK, from daytime practice right through to specialist ECC hospitals.

“Because it’s also quite common, it’s reassuring to know that even if you’re not 100% sure there is an intoxication, or you don’t have the direct antidote to it, you can make a big difference by knowing how to look after these patients.

“It’s very useful to learn the general principles of management of the intoxicated patient. As part of the CPD programme, we will particularly deal with new trends and developments in toxicology that will be of interest to any general practitioner.”

An image of a woman smiling while at a Vets Now CPD event

The CPD programme is being sponsored by Woodley Equipment and TVM UK Animal Health, and the media partner is Vet Times.

Recently appointed veterinary advisor to TMV UK, William Peel, explained: “We are really excited to be working alongside Vets Now on this roadshow, following a great Vets Now congress last November. To speak to so many people on a topic that we are passionate about is a fantastic opportunity.”

The events are priced at £75+VAT per person if you work for a Vets Now partner practice and £150+VAT if you do not.