Website Privacy Statement

  • The American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT) website privacy statement provides users of the ABVT website ( the information we learn about you when you visit our site and how and we use and retain this information. This page contains such privacy information for you. Users should check the page regularly to determine if changes to this statement has changed. The privacy statement is subject to change without notice.

    The ABVT website receives two types of information when you visit our site:

    • Information automatically collected.
    • Information you choose to provide.

    Information Automatically Collected

    When you visit the ABVT website, personal information about you can be collected automatically. When you browse through the ABVT website, read pages, or upload/download information, we collect certain information to measure how many visitors come to the different parts of the site so we can make the site more useful. For every visitor, we may choose to collect, permanently or temporarily, some or all of the following information:

    • Your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, a number automatically assigned to your computer either by you or your Internet Service Provider (ISP) when you go on the internet.
    • The domain name from which you access the Internet.
    • The website address from which you came to our site.
    • The date and time you arrived at our site and how long you spent on the site.
    • The name and version of your computer's operating system and web browser information.
    • The pages you visited.

    "Session Cookies"

    Some services on our website use "session cookies", also known as "cookies". Session cookies are:

    • Small bits of text temporarily stored on your computer.
    • Used to aid searching and navigating the site.
    • Bits of code that allow diplomates with access to the non-public pages (i.e. "member-side") of the website to log in with unique user name and password credentials and interact with the information and databases present there.
    • Deleted when you close your browser.

    If you disable cookies in your browser, it may cause problems with searching and displaying information. If you are a diplomate of the ABVT, disabling cookies in your web browser will prohibit you from logging in to the membership side of the ABVT website and interacting with the information found on that site. If you are not a diplomate of the ABVT and are submitting an online application, you may not be able to do so unless your browser cookies are enabled.

    Information You Choose to Provide

    The ABVT will not collect or store any other information about you when you visit our site (except as described above) unless you choose to provide it. Specifically:

    • If you submit information in a web form on our website, we will receive only the personal information you choose to include in the form.
    • If you submit information in an online form, we do not automatically receive your e-mail address unless you choose to provide it when it is listed as an optional item on a form.
    • If the e-mail address or other personal information is deemed as required information on a form, you must provide that information before action can be taken. The information is stored in a database residing in a secure area on the ABVT website space and can only be accessed by the ABVT webmaster, his representative, or by certain individuals requiring that information with the ABVT organization. Required parts of forms are clearly marked as required. If you choose not to provide the required information, no data will be transmitted to the ABVT website.
    • Children's Privacy: The ABVT website does not have the ability to discern if a child (< 13 years of age) interacts with the website. The ABVT may therefore receive information from children under the age of thirteen. If a child sends us an appropriate e-mail inquiry or comment, we will answer it and store the information per our ABVT Website Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

    ABVT Information Disclosure Policy

    The ABVT will not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors unless it is required:

    • By law.
    • For law enforcement reasons.

    The ABVT may choose to use the information collected in other ways, which include:

    • Personal identifying information to respond to you, in which case various people within the ABVT organization of diplomates may need to see the information you provide in order to provide a response to you.
    • If enough questions or comments come in that are the same, your question (but not your name) may be added to an existing web page(s) or a new webpage(s) that may or may be publicly assessable. ABVT uses this information to help us improve our site.
    • Enter information you send into an electronic database to share with attorneys or investigators involved in law enforcement or policy-making.
    • Share information with other government agencies that have public health or consumer protection duties, in which case those agencies may contact you.
    • In other limited circumstances, including requests from law enforcement or private individuals, ABVT may be required by law to disclose information you submit.

    Uploading Documents

    Some webpages on the ABVT website require you to upload documents to our web server before action can be started on your request. Users that upload documents in this fashion must be aware that:

    • Documents reside in a public directory on the web server until retrieved by the ABVT webmaster.
    • It is your responsibility to keep a backup copy of the document you submitted. ABVT will not respond to requests to send a copy of the document you uploaded to you.
    • All documents will be scanned for viruses, macros, and other nefarious web-related code that could infect a user that opens the document.
    • The ABVT webmaster reserves the right to delete files containing such objects as described above. Every reasonable effort will be made by the ABVT webmaster to contact the individual who submitted the infected document and request resubmission.
    • Your document will be distributed to those ABVT diplomates responsible for review. They may download the document to their computer, however ABVT is not responsible for what happens to that document after it is downloaded from the ABVT website.
    • Your document may be posted, either in its original format or other format(s), for review by other ABVT diplomates in a secure environment on the ABVT web server available only to ABVT diplomates. The ABVT webmaster solely determines how long the document is made available for other diplomates to review and/or download.

    Downloading Documents

    The ABVT website contains documents that users may either view online or save for later review. When interacting with the ABVT website for this purpose, you agree to the following:

    • Use the documents for the purpose they were intended, either explicitly stated or implied.
    • Under no circumstances modify the contents of the documents or change the format of the document (for example, convert the document from MS Word format to a Portable Document Format [PDF]).
    • Redistribute the documents. Should another person(s) wish to review or download the document(s), you agree to refer them to the correct address on the ABVT website where the document was found and instruct them to download the material. This insures that a user receives the most current version of a document when periodically revised by the ABVT.

    Links to Other Sites

    The ABVT website may contain links to other sites, organizations, and federal agencies. You should be aware that:

    • If you access another site through a link we provide, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site.
    • Reference in this referred website to commercial products, services, manufacturers, or companies does not constitute an endorsement by the ABVT.
    • ABVT is not responsible for the contents of any pages referred from its website.

    Web Site Content

    The veterinary health and medical information on the ABVT website is not intended to take the place of advice or treatment from human and/or veterinary healthcare professionals. It is also not intended to be a substitute for the users' relationships with their own health care/pharmaceutical providers.

    Information Quality

    The ABVT is dedicated to:

    • Ensuring that all information it publishes reflects a level of quality corresponding to the nature and timeliness of the information
    • Disseminating all its data as broadly and promptly as possible so that the public can benefit from ABVT's mission to promote and protect the public health as it pertains to the practice of veterinary toxicology.

    Financial Transactions

    Some information you submit to the ABVT website requires a financial transaction to take place before the information is reviewed and/or acted upon. The ABVT uses the financial services offered by PayPal ( to process all of these transactions. When these financial transactions occur, you will be temporarily directed away from the ABVT website to the appropriate PayPal webpage to provide personal information to complete the transaction.

    The ABVT assumes no responsibility for activities that occur while you are on the PayPal website. Questions regarding your PayPal services, experiences, and transactions must be directed to PayPal directly. ABVT does not store any personal information about you regarding you financial transaction(s) (i.e. credit card numbers, expiration dates, social security numbers, etc.) on its website. These transactions are exclusively under the control of the PayPal organization.

    Users of the ABVT website are encouraged to read and understand the privacy policies of PayPay by visiting their website's privacy statement prior to entering into a financial transaction. Using this financial service as employed by the ABVT and as offered through links on the ABVT website constitutes understanding the benefits and risks of online financial transactions and agreement with PayPal's privacy statement and business practices.

    Linking To or Copying Information on the ABVT Website

    Unless otherwise noted, the contents of the ABVT website ( text and graphics--are not copyrighted. They are in the public domain and may be republished, reprinted and otherwise used freely by anyone without the need to obtain permission from ABVT. Credit to the ABVT as the source is appreciated but not required. People are also free to link to any URL on ABVT's website. ABVT's preference is that people link to the material on the site rather than copying it to their personal webpages because the organization continuously updates the information on the website as better information becomes available.A person copying documents to another website, instead of linking to them, would then have to monitor the original documents to know when these documents were updated by ABVT or else risk giving bad or incorrect advice to visitors to their website. Providing consumers or health professionals with advice that is not fully up-to-date can lead to serious public health consequences.

    If a person chooses to copy content or images, the ABVT strongly recommends that the copied item lists the date that the material was copied and provides a link back to its source on the ABVT website. Users can then see for themselves if the copied material has been updated or changed. ABVT appreciates being informed about the use of its website materials. You may contact the ABVT using the "Contact Us" link found on each page of the ABVT website and provide us this information.

    Pop-Up Advertisements

    When visiting the ABVT website, your web browser may produce pop-up advertisements. These advertisements are not produced by the ABVT website. ABVT does not produce pop-up ads and does not endorse or recommend products or services for which you may view a pop-up ad on your computer screen while visiting the ABVT web site. This action is most likely caused by other websites you visited or by third-party software installed on your computer.

    Intrusion Detection

    The ABVT web site is hosted by American Data Technologies (also known as Local Web), with the web servers based in Durham, NC. Users are encouraged to visit their website at or contact the company directly to learn more about the intrusion detection technologies employed on their web servers.

    Contact Information

    If you have any questions or comments about the ABVT website, you can contact us by using the "Contact Us" link found on each page of the ABVT website.