Tutored Online CPD

Toxicology (Sept 2024)

£205.00 Ex VAT

Confirmed Running
9th September 2024
CPD:    10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks
Level:  Intermediate


This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice


Week 1

Toxicology Introduction
  • The top 10 commonly encountered toxins in small animal patients will be reviewed along with up-to-date evidence-based guidelines looking at treatment recommendations and options
  • We will review the reported antidotes as well as the use of intra-lipid emulsion and other supportive measures we may implement in patients suffering from intoxication
  • Common complications of the various intoxications we can encounter will be reviewed as well as discussion of how we may pre-empt and manage these

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:


  • Recognise the main toxins we see in practice
  • Develop a systematic approach to the intoxicated patient
  • Discuss the evidence bases looking at use of activated charcoal, intra-lipids and other antidotes, along with supportive measures for the intoxicated patient
  • Appreciate the main complications we may encounter with an intoxicated patient
  • Understand how to address and nurse intoxicated patients into recovery


Week 2

Central Nervous System Toxins
  • Detailed discussion of the toxins that commonly affect the central nervous system, including recreational drugs, human medications, organic toxins, household and environmental concerns
  • We will look at decontamination of these patients as well as effective nursing care and monitoring for the patient with severe CNS depression associated with intoxication
  • Discuss when an antidote may be indicated and the systemic effects we can see associated with CNS intoxications

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:


  • Understand the effects of the main toxins affecting the CNS
  • Consider how to provide emergency treatment for these patients and also develop a plan for longer term care
  • Discuss whether decontamination is appropriate for patients when the CNS is depressed
  • Understand the complications and challenges we may encounter


Week 3

Renal System Toxins
  • Discuss toxins that affect the patient’s renal system, including ethylene glycol, NSAID ingestion, baclofen and raisins / grapes
  • Consider how we can identify a patient with acute kidney injury due to a toxin and the treatment options available, including peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis
  • Nursing care for these patients is intensive and a focus on fluid balance and electrolyte status is vital, so this will be covered in detail

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:


  • Understand the different toxins that affect the renal system and how we can approach nursing and monitoring these patients
  • Consider approaches to acid-base stabilisation and electrolyte abnormality management
  • Understand why volume overload occurs, and how we monitor, prevent and manage this condition

Week 4

Hepatic, Cardiac and Respiratory System Toxins
  • Round up of other common toxins including those affecting the hepatic, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and other miscellaneous agents. We will look at identifying these patients, common sources of intoxication and approaches to management
  • Review of the process of gastric lavage and contraindications associated with this method of contamination
  • Specific concerns associated with other toxins, including xylitol, baclofen, beta blockers, paracetamol, garlic and onions

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:


  • Discuss appropriate treatment options and interventions for the mentioned toxins
  • Confidently provide nursing care and monitoring for these patients
  • Discuss gastric lavage and when it may not be appropriate
  • Appreciate the long term effects these toxins may or may not have on our patients


The course will be fully tutored by Kath Howie and will consist of 10 hours of CPD and will be provided in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case scenarios, forum discussions and quizzes.  This course is tutored for 4 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.


All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference


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Kath Howie  VTS (ECC), RVN
Principal Nurse Manager, VetsNow


Kath worked in a primary care practice through her training and qualified in January 2000. After a few years in practice as a registered nurse she decided to take the step into referral nursing in 2003. After a couple of years gaining experience of nursing intensive care patients and those with complex needs, she moved into emergency practice in 2005. In 2009 she achieved the Veterinary Technician Speciality in Emergency and Critical Care and re- certified in 2014.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 10 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 10 CPD points.


CPD Hours

This online course is worth 10 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided each Monday morning, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available later that same day.   Furthermore, all the course material will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks, but the time spent will count towards your CPD hours


After 6 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’


This course has been listed as ‘Intermediate’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice


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