The publication of this new guide marks the enormous advances that have been made into our understanding of poisoning in small animals. The development in knowledge owes a great deal to the inspirational work of Alex Campbell and his team at the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), formed and supported initially by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and operating since October 2011 as a division of Medical Toxicology and Information Services Ltd (MTIS). We also owe enormous thanks to thousands of veterinary surgeons who subscribe to the service and submit feedback forms to VPIS – without this feedback we would not have progressed to this point. The profession owes Alex a debt of gratitude for his extensive work in this field and his desire to improve the treatment of poisoned pets.

The is designed to be a triage tool; the information contained has been compiled from the data sheets developed by VPIS over many years. The information will provide veterinary surgeons and nurses with a previously unavailable resource. We anticipate that the book will be used in conjunction with the online BSAVA Poisons Triage Tool. The online triage tool allows the addition of novel treatment or emerging poisons, whilst the published version allows access to data in a handy format that we hope will prove to be a valuable member benefit.

We look forward to continuing our collaboration with VPIS in the future and supporting further work in this important area.

BSAVA President 2011–2012

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