Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA381) Kitchen Toxins Poisonous to Dogs & Cats

Monday, March 5
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
MBCC, Lagoon J, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

In this lecture, Dr. Lee will review the most common toxicants found in the kitchen, including chocolate, tremorgenic mycotoxins, unbaked bread dough, grapes/raisins, alcohol and more! This lecture will review the mechanism of action, clinical signs, and overall treatment of these common toxicants.

Justine Lee

VETgirl, LLC

Dr. Justine Lee is a board-certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care (DACVECC) and toxicology (DABT). Dr. Lee attended veterinary school at Cornell University and completed her internship at Angell (Boston, MA). She completed her fellowship and residency in emergency and critical care at University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was on faculty at University of Minnesota (2008-2008) and the head of an animal poison control center (2008-2013). She is the founder and CEO of VETgirl, a subscription-based service offering RACE-approved, online veterinary continuing education.

Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including JAVMA, JVECC, JVIM, and JAAHA. Dr. Lee also co-edited and co-authored Blackwell’s Five-Minute Small Animal Toxicology (Wiley-Blackwell 2011). She is also one of the editors for the VCNA Small Animal: Emergency Medicine textbook (Elsevier 2013). Dr. Lee is the author of two humorous pet reference books entitled "It’s a Dog’s Life… but It’s Your Carpet" and "It’s a Cat’s World… You Just Live In It." She has also published several veterinary textbooks along with book chapters, and has been aired on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, and the overall well being of pets. Dr. Lee lectures throughout the world on emergency and critical care, and recently was honored with “Speaker of the Year” at the North American Veterinary Conference (2011, 2015, 2016). Dr. Lee is the former contributor/blogger to Prevention magazine, PetMD: The Daily Vet, Pet Health Network and Voyce. She has been featured on NBC Weekend Today, Rachael Ray, WCCO, MPR, and various other TV and radio engagements. Dr. Lee is a part-time criticalist at Animal Emergency & Referral Center, a specialty referral hospital in the Twin Cities, MN. More information can be found at and


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