Vets Now and the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) have joined forces to launch a new “Tox Box” service providing vets with 24-hour access to treatments they might need in a poisoning emegency.

Vets Now and the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) have joined forces to launch a new “Tox Box” service providing vets with 24-hour access to treatments they might need in a poisoning emegency.

Tox Box will also provide case-specific advice offered by VPIS. Through Tox Box, any vet calling the VPIS advice line will be able to access the drugs required in a poisoning emergency at selected Vets Now clinics and their host practices across the UK.

The service is being provided in recognition that many vets do not tend to stock some toxicity treatments as a matter of course. While previously VPIS was only able to advise vets on diagnosis and appropriate treatment, through the new enhanced service it can now also direct vets to the nearest Vets Now clinic where the treatment can be sourced at cost straight away.

The Tox Box service will be effective from March 31. Vets do not need to be Vets Now member practices to benefit from the Tox Box service – it is open to all veterinary practices across the country.

Vets can phone VPIS at any time, day or night, on 020 7188 0200 for advice and access to drugs.

Amanda Boag, clinical director at Vets Now, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with VPIS to offer vets this life saving service for pets across the UK.

“As emergency and critical care practitioners we frequently deal with poisoning cases and are pleased to be able to use our clinics to allow vets access to the treatments they need in a hurry.
 
“Tox Box is a service that has been designed to help enhance the current VPIS advice service whereby vets can now easily gain access to those drugs they are most likely to need to treat toxicities, but not stock internally, such as plasma and Adder anti-venom. The service VPIS provides is very important for vets, and we hope that this additional provision will greatly benefit them and the pets they are caring for.”

Alex Campbell, head of services at VPIS, added: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with Vets Now to improve outcomes for poisoned animals and their owners.

“Poisons can have deadly affects on animals if not treated quickly. Previously vets may have had to call round several hospitals or practices to source the recommended drug whilst their patient’s health deteriorates. Through Tox Box we can help them access the drug without delay and provide case-specific guidance to ensure the animal receives optimum care.”

 

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