The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) has announced the establishment of a formalised “closer relationship” with Vets Now – an agreement that will include the appointment of Vets Now clinical director Amanda Boag as a veterinary consultant.
The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) has announced the establishment of a formalised “closer relationship” with emergency and referral care providers Vets Now.
As part of that relationship, Vets Now clinical director Amanda Boag is to join the VPIS team as a veterinary consultant to assist in ensuring VPIS continues to provide the best possible service for its veterinary clients in the management of their small animal toxicology cases.
Ms Boag is well known in the profession, both in the UK and overseas for her knowledge and experience in veterinary emergency and critical care, and for her interest in cases of veterinary poisoning that often need urgent and critical treatment.
Alexander Campbell, head of service at the VPIS said: “We are delighted that we will be working more closely with Vets Now and that Amanda will be working with us in an advisory capacity. It is important for us to maintain confidence that the information and management advice we provide to our users is current, clinically effective and practicable. To have a system whereby VPIS advice is routinely audited, reviewed and updated by an experienced veterinary clinician such as Amanda is vital for that.”
He added: “[We] have identified a number of opportunities where Vets Now and VPIS can work collaboratively to provide additional resources and benefits to the veterinary profession as a whole relating to toxicology. It is tremendously exciting.”
Ms Boag will also provide an on-call service for VPIS staff when they feel that more clinical input may be needed for particularly complex cases.
Ms Boag said: “At Vets Now we are delighted to be developing our relationship with VPIS. Toxicological cases often present as emergencies and as such our emergency clinics are frequent and regular users of the excellent telephone advice service VPIS provide.
“Personally I am very much looking forward to working with VPIS with provision of additional specialist clinical support. We are also looking forward to working with VPIS on development of other collaborative initiatives that can strengthen the symbiotic roles that both VPIS and Vets Now have supporting the veterinary profession in delivering high quality care for pets around the UK.”