What fields do veterinary toxicologists work in?
There are many fields inside and outside veterinary medicine that rely upon the expertise of board-certified veterinary toxicologists.
Safety Testing and Regulatory Toxicology
Veterinary toxicologists work in industry assessing products for commercial use and at regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency to confirm and validate initial safety and efficacy data for proposed new drugs or chemicals.
Veterinary toxicologists have unique perspectives, knowledge, skills, and expertise required to recognize chemically-induced damage to ecosystems and implement efficient approaches to ecosystem repair that enable the health of wildlife, domestic animals, and humans.
Toxicologists in academia, industry, and research institutes study basic mechanisms that contribute to understanding the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of chemically induced diseases of animals and humans. The research activities span from studies at the molecular and cellular level, to the intact organism, to populations or herds of animals.
Clinical and Forensic Toxicology
This specialty focuses on determining causes and characteristics of accidental and malicious poisoning, and providing case management information. In addition, clinical veterinary toxicologists play an important role in protecting both animal and human food supplies from chemical contamination. They work in colleges of veterinary medicine, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, animal poison control centers, and public health departments.
International Veterinary Medicine
Many toxicologic issues related to our environment and food are global in nature. Veterinary toxicologists contribute their unique expertise in assessing chemical impacts on a variety of globally-threatened animal species. They help to train veterinarians from less developed regions of the world in toxicology. In addition, veterinary toxicologists are involved with a variety of international companies in areas of safety and risk assessment.
Public Health and Food Security
Human and veterinary medicine are intimately linked. Veterinary toxicologists interact with their human counterparts to solve cases related to public health and safety. Often, toxicologic problems of concern to human health are first recognized by veterinary toxicologists. Veterinary toxicologists are in a unique position to protect human food - sources from either accidental or intentional chemi cal contamination.
Board certified veterinary toxicologists regularly act as consultants, providing expertise in the courtroom and outside to help establish the extent and consequences of chemical exposures.