The Veterinary Poisons Information Service

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The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) is a members only service. We are a 24-hour telephone emergency service providing information and treatment advice on poisoning cases in animals. We provide direct support to veterinary professionals.

Each poisoning case is directly handled by one of our specialists (An experienced team of vets,vet nurses and toxicologists). VPIS can provide advice on the effects of thousands of toxic substances in all species of animal.

For each enquiry, a individual risk assessment is done, based on the toxin and patient.

Our advice is based on our case database of over 280,000 past cases and extensive resources obtained through research of published data.

We constantly refine our advice to ensure we provide the most accurate and up to date treatment advice.

Our history

The service was officially launched in 1992 and has since assisted with over 280,000 cases.

The VPIS is a division of ESMS Global Ltd, formerly part of Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust based in London. VPIS (formerly known as Guy’s Poisons Unit) was established in 1963.