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Veterinary Toxicology

Method of evaluation
semi-final examination
Year in the curriculum
Semester in the curriculum
Allow for
  • Vet EN
  • Postgraduate

Course description

During Veterinary Toxicology, students learn the causes, symptoms, diagnostic methods, therapy and prognosis of the most common poisonings in veterinary practice. We put high emphasis on providing first day skills of the recognition and successful treatment of poisonings. Educating the different sensitivity of animal species to toxic substances, specific antidotes and their dosages are of high importance in the course’s curriculum.

Lectures theme

Topics of lectures in veterinary toxicology

2023/2024. I. semester

Time of lectures:  Tuesday 1215-1400 Magyary-Kossa Lecture Hall


Week 1

5 Sept

Introduction to toxicology, sources of poisonings. Toxicokinetic, toxicodynamic. Factors influencing toxicity. Diagnosis and treatment of poisonings.

Dr. Orsolya Farkas

Week 2

12 Sept

 Pesticides I. Insecticides, molluscicides

Dr. Orsolya Farkas

Week 3

19 Sept

Pesticides II. Rodenticides

Dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

Week 4

26 Sept

Pesticides III. Herbicides, fungicides

Dr. Erzsébet Gere

Week 5

3 Oct

Ethylene glycol poisoning

Dr. Ákos Jerzsele

Week 6

10 Oct

Drug poisonings I.

Dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

Week 7

17 Oct

Drug poisonings II. – Dr. Adrienn Mercédesz Veres

Food poisonings – Dr. Zita Karancsi

Week 8

24 Nov

Metal poisonings I. Mercury, lead, arsenic, selenium, iron, copper, zinc

Dr. Erzsébet Gere

Week 9

31 Nov

Holiday issued by the Rector
Week 10

7 Nov

Feed and water associated poisonings (NaCl, urea, nitrate-nitrite, ionophores)

Dr. György Csikó

Week 11

14 Nov

Industrial toxicosis (cadmium, fluoride, PCB-s, dioxins)

Household poisonings: acids, alkali, detergents, parfums

Dr. Csaba Kővágó

Week 12

21 Nov

Toxic gases

Dr. György Csikó

Week 13

28 Nov

Toxicology of mycotoxins

Dr. György Csikó

Week 14

5 Dec

Plant poisonings

Dr. Orsolya Farkas

Week 15

12 Dec

Poisonings of animal origin

Dr. Csaba Kővágó


Budapest, 01.09.2023.

Dr. Ákos Jerzsele

Head of Department

Evaluation description


Fall semester, academic year 2023/2024


Students will be hereby informed that the qualification system and requirements of the subject “Veterinary TOXIcology” for the fall semester are as follows:

Toxicology is a one-semester subject. Lectures are presented every week (in 2 hours).

Completion of the semester requires:

– Regular visiting of the lectures (taking into account the current epidemiological regulations)

– Having professor’s signature in black book.


The examination is a written test. Black book should be given to the examiner teacher in the beginning of the test.

Topics of the examination are lecture handouts and other files available on the home page.

Preconditions for signing up to the test are:

– completion of the semester (see above)

– successful examination on Veterinary Pharmacology (both I and II)

Time for examination: 6 different time points evenly ranked during the examination period. These will be announced before the exam period. Results will be available in 3 working days after the exam.

Postponing of examination is allowed only once. More postponing is considered as repeated examination. Each student is allowed to have maximum three examinations per semester. If a student cannot attend the exam due to sickness, they must notify the Department on the day of the exam at latest, and they must provide a medical certificate to justify their medical condition within 5 working days.


According to the score of test students will be evaluated by marks as follows:

excellent (5) – >90%

good (4) – >80%

medium (3) – >70%

satisfactory (2) – >60%

unsatisfactory (1) – ≤60%


Preferred literature:

Lecture notes

Roder, J.D.: Veterinary toxicology. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.
The Merck Veterinary Manual (10th edition)

Timbrel, J.A.: Principles of biochemical toxicology. Taylor and Francis, London, 1994.
Osweiler, G.D.: Toxicology, Williams and Wilkins, London, 1996.
Gfeller, W.-Messioner, S.P.: Handbook of small animal toxicology and poisonings. Mosby, London, 1998.
Plumlee, K.H.: Clinical veterinary toxicology. Mosby, St. Louis, 2003.
Gupta, R.C.: Veterinary toxicology, basic and clinical principles. Elsevier, Oxford, 2007.
Fowler, M.E.: Veterinary zootoxicology. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1993. Budapest, 1st September 2009.


Budapest, 1st September 2023


Dr. Ákos Jerzsele

head of department, associate professor