Elective – Toxicology For Working Dogs PART 2

$300.00 $400.00

Toxicology For Working Dogs PART 2

The elective course delves into crucial aspects of ensuring the well-being and effectiveness of working dogs in various hazardous environments. Participants will explore the risks posed by illicit drugs and explosives, understanding how exposure impacts these valuable canines and the available treatments. A significant module examines the Fukushima incident in Japan as a case study, providing insights into handling disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear incidents. Emphasis is placed on safeguarding both handlers and veterinary personnel through proper safety protocols and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with potentially contaminated animals. Moreover, this elective covers post-decontamination veterinary care and health monitoring, including essential antidotal treatments tailored to the unique needs of working dogs.


$300.00 $400.00

To be able to register for Elective - Toxicology For Working Dogs PART 2, you will need to have purchased the prerequisite "Toxicology For Working Dogs PART 1"

At the end of this elective the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the common illicit drugs working dogs will be exposed to.
  2. Discuss common explosives that working dogs may be exposed to.
  3. Outline treatment protocols and specific drugs for common illicit drugs and exposures.
  4. Discuss the March 11, 2011, Japan earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant incident and its relevance to working dogs.
  5. Understand common terms, definitions, and concepts relevant to ionizing radiation and working dogs.
  6. Discuss the impact of chemical and biological contamination on working dogs following natural disasters.
  7. Discuss the importance of triage and screening before and after a working dog mission.
  8. Understand the importance of working dog handlers and veterinary personnel safety and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with potentially contaminated working dogs.
  9. Identify and discuss the four major challenges of establishing standardized working dog decontamination practices and protocols.
  10. Recall the current best practices for external and internal working dog decontamination.
  11. Understand acute and delayed clinical signs that may develop post-decontamination because of exposure to toxicological hazards and the importance of collecting biological samples.
  12. Discuss emergency care and treatment techniques for animals that develop new or worsening symptoms post-decontamination, including antidotes.
  13. Outline post-decontamination care and monitoring for animals suspected to have been internally or externally exposed to radioactive substances.

Prerequisite “Introduction: Online Module” and “Core 3-Day Hands-On”

Credits: Credits 4 hours online – (CE approved by the University of Pennsylvania) RACE certified

Module 5: Working Dog Protection and Treatment from Illicit Drugs and Explosives

Module 6: Japan: A Case Study

Module 7: Decontamination

Module 8: Post-Decontamination Veterinary Care and Health Monitoring


4 online hours (CE approved by the University of Pennsylvania)
Access:12-month access

This elective is authored by Dr. Lisa Murphy who received her BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kelley Evans received her BS in Agricultural Sciences from West Virginia University and her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a retired U.S. Army Veterinary Corps officer.

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