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Venoms and Toxins in Small Animal Practice

Venoms and Toxins in Small Animal Practice

Get the latest updates in managing venoms and toxins in dogs and cats with this 4-week interactive and tutor guided course for Veterinary Nurses.

What you'll learn

Patients with envenomation or intoxication are some of the most exciting patients seen in practice – but they can also be challenging – and a little scary too! Join us on this exciting 4-week online course, where you will learn the essentials of first aid advice – including the important “Do’s and Don’ts” of first aid advice; how to prepare your clinic for patient arrival, and the key steps in stabilizing your intoxicated toxin patients. You’ll also get the latest on the use of antidotes, intravenous lipids, activated charcoal and much more!

On the topic of envenomations, we’ll discuss the latest treatment protocols for envenomations worldwide, proper administration of antivenin and more – including helpful checklists, tables and charts to make your “venom and toxin” patient treatment fun and rewarding!

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 help ensure your patients have the BEST chance of surviving!

Week 2: Toxins Causing Seizures!

Many toxins cause seizures - including many insecticides, fungi and bacteria, illicit drugs, and even chocolate and caffeine, among many others. This week you will learn how to manage these toxins - including seizure control, fluid therapy, decontamination, antidote administration and patient monitoring and care. There will be SOPs for meany of the toxins we discuss for you to use in practice, along with helpful tips to give you the upper hand in the management of these challenging patients.

Week 3: The Unexciting Toxins

This week is devoted to the toxins that don’t cause seizures - but that do cause significant illness in our patients. This week, you will journey through a host of toxins, such as paracetamol, rat baits, lead, cleaning products, and plant toxins such as lilies and cycads and even things such as essential oils - all of which can cause significant toxicity and death in exposed patients! You will learn what to do, the best advice to give clients, and how to manage these toxicity patients effectively!

Week 4: The Venomous and Toxic Creatures

The world is full of toxic or deadly venomous animals - many of which our patients come into contact with - from venomous snakes, to toxic toads, and a lot in-between. Learn the latest in the diagnosis and management of these important venoms and poisons, including paralysis tick, cane toad poisoning, suspected spider bite, snake envenomation and more!

Course Tutor

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)

Course Features:

Course Fee:

AUD 350

Live Weekly Tutorials

The 4-week course starts on October 3, 2022 with live tutorials by Dr Philip Judge on Mondays at 19:30 AEST.

Join us from anywhere

You can join us from almost anywhere you have an internet connection! Click Here to check the course tutorial times where you are!

20 CE Credits

This course is ideal for Veterinary Nurses/Technicians and is RACE-approved for 20 CE credits!

Course Reviews

"I have to say that was the BEST course I've ever done! Again, I do really, really enjoy your courses, I have learnt so much!!"
New Zealand
"Thank you so much for yet another great course and lectures!! I found it extremely informative and engaging - with just so much great information to absorb!"
"Thanks so much for these courses, I've done the fluids one and now this one and both of them I really enjoyed! You guys do a great job so thanks!"
"I am very grateful for all the information you have made available to us. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it was very informative but also very enjoyable."

Register for this course and master the knack of effective decision-making in managing venoms and toxins in dogs and cats!

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Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Clin Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)

Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a 3-year residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998.

Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd ( – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, including a CRI manual, haematology and biochemistry interpretation guide, emergency anaesthesia guide, and a ventilation therapy manual for small animals, in addition to being published in peer reviewed literature.

Philip’s key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, envenomations and toxicology.