The service

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) is a 24-hour telephone emergency service providing information on the management of actual and suspected poisoning in animals. We provide direct support to veterinary professionals and those working for animal welfare organisations.

Each case is based upon the specific situation and is directly handled by one of our trained veterinary information scientists. VPIS can deal with the effects of over 7000 toxic substances in small animals, livestock, exotics, or wildlife.

For each enquiry VPIS covers the risk assessment for that toxin and species, the anticipated clinical effects and the ideal treatment protocol with prognostic advice, in order to ensure that the veterinary professional is in the best position to provide optimum treatment.

Our advice is based on our case database of over 200,000 past cases and extensive resources obtained through research of published data. We constantly refine our advice to offer current best practice and ensure our veterinary information scientists are qualified and fully trained to handle your enquiry.

VPIS also provides class-based CPD training for Vets, Vet Nurses and undergraduates, and also offers online CPD training.

We collaborate with many other veterinary associations, animal welfare groups, and veterinary industry partners to provide research insight, leaflets and other publications on poisoning themes in order to increase animal welfare and awareness of potential poisons.

***  The VPIS is a subscription service and does not take enquiries from members of the public or pet owners, who are encouraged to call their local veterinary practice for advice. ***

Our history

The service was officially launched in 1992 and has since assisted with over 200,000 cases.

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