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Name Your Poison

Dr. Justine Lee on Pet Life Radio ........

..Dr. Justine Lee.............................


Sometimes it happens accidentally, or someone thinks it would be fun to see the effects of a particular substance on a pet.  At times pet owners with the best of intentions may give medications that have been effective for themselves or another pet often with disastrous consequences.  Then there's the inquisitive pet that tastes, touches something that could be poisonous.  How do you know when to call your veterinarian or pet poison control number?  Did you even know there was a pet poison control organization?

Today's guest, Dr. Justine Lee knows the answers to these questions and more.  She's a board certified emergency critical care veterinarian and a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.

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Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT is a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and toxicologist, and is currently the Associate Director of Veterinary Services for Pet Poison Helpline. Previously, she was on faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lee graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Animal Sciences, and then obtained her veterinary degree at Cornell University. She pursued her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, which is affiliated with the MSPCA. In addition, she has also completed an emergency fellowship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently, she is 1 of approximately 450 board-certified veterinary specialists world wide in emergency and critical care, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC). Recently, Dr. Lee became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT). Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care, the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Lee is one of the editors and primary authors of The Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology textbook. She is also one of the editors for the Veterinary Clinics of North America 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 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 is the former contributor/blogger to Prevention magazine and PetMD: The Daily Vet, and has been featured on NBC Weekend Today, The Rachael Ray Show, WCCO, Minnesota Public Radio, and various other TV and radio engagements.  She is the current blogger for Pet Health Network. Dr. Lee lectures throughout the world on emergency, critical care, and toxicology and was recently honored with the North American Veterinary Conference Small Animal Speaker of the Year(2011) and the Association des Médecines Vétérinaires du Québec (2012). When Dr. Lee is not working in the ER, she is playing ultimate Frisbee or ice hockey, hiking with her new puppy, traveling, running, gardening, or reading.

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