Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

Tina Wismer

Dr. Tina Wismer, ASPCA

Animal-related emergency? Call 888.426.4435

Dr. Tina Wismer is responsible for overseeing medical recommendations made by the veterinary staff. She is also highly involved in lecturing, making media appearances and writing, and she coordinates the APCC’s extern program. Dr. Wismer earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio’s University of Findlay in 1990 and received her DVM from Purdue University in 1994. Her first job was in a small animal practice in Michigan. She then worked for an emergency practice in South Bend, IN, before joining the APCC in 1998. In July 2003, Dr. Wismer became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. Dr. Wismer has written several peer reviewed toxicology articles and book chapters. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois, previously a visiting professor at St. Matthews University (Cayman), a consultant for VIN (Veterinary Information Network) and a Master Gardener.

Overview of APCC Services

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center operates a phone line open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any poison-related emergency. This phone line is open to anyone, including individual pet owners and veterinarians. Typically, there is a $65 consultation fee for the phone line, which goes toward the ASPCA’s life-saving programs, including operating this 24/7 hotline.

For callers who are unable to afford the consultation fee, we will still do our best to determine the relative severity of the problem and advise pet owners about whether they should take their animal to a veterinarian immediately. In a life-threatening emergency, pet owners should take their animals directly to their local veterinarian.

Our experience encompasses:

  • Agricultural chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides)
  • Animal products (drugs, pharmacovigilance)
  • Food ingredients
  • Environmental pollutants (heavy metals, volatile organic compounds)
  • Natural toxicants (mycotoxins, toxic plants)
  • Human medications and household products
  • Illicit and recreational drugs

Consulting Services Offered

  • Product safety evaluation, product development evaluation
  • Safety assessment of active and inactive ingredients
  • Toxicology data interpretation
  • Veterinary medical records review and expert opinion
  • Report writing
  • Literature search and review
  • Risk hazard assessment
  • Litigation support
  • Field investigation
  • Treatment protocol development
  • Research facility inspection and animal welfare evaluation
  • Case incident monitoring (biosurveillance) and adverse drug reaction reporting (pharmacovigilance)
  • Industry-driven reporting and labeling requirements
  • Assist regulatory and other government agencies with data retrieval and analysis
  • Online and onsite educational seminars
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