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Canine First Aid

Canine First Aid Course

Our Canine First Aid Course has been designed to give you basic life saving skills to initially respond to an illness or injury until you can get the pet safely to a veterinary surgery.  It is ideal for pet owners, dog walkers, kennel staff / volunteers and is also suitable for pet professionals.

The course lasts for approximately 3-4 hours and includes a short refreshment break.

During the course you will complete theory work and also some practical hands-on skills.  You will be assessed throughout the course for participation and understanding and then upon successful completion, you will receive a nationally recognised certificate which is valid for 3 years.

The course fee includes a student manual, refresher emails, access to our online portal, CPD credits, tutor instruction videos, and your certificate.

PLEASE NOTE:  Our courses are for humans only; so please leave your pets at home.  As much as we would like to welcome animals, real ones are not allowed to participate!

Occupations That Use This Course

  • Dog owners
  • Groomers
  • Kennels
  • Pet stores
  • Dog Walkers

The course covers:

Introduction to canine first aid

Introduction to canine first aid, What is pet first aid and why do we need it, The vet and your role in first aid, When is veterinary care required, Keeping your pet safe in an emergency, Car accidents, Pet proofing your home, How pets show pain, Checking the health of your pet

Accidents and first aid

Breathing and respiratory problems including choking, Dog CPR, Drowning and treatment, Shock , Broken bones, Spinal injury and moving an injured pet

Medical conditions

Controlling bleeding, Dressings and bandages, Paw problems, Ears, eyes and mouth, Bandaging the ear, Bandaging the tail, Illnesses, Digestive process, Vomiting in animals, Poisoning, bites and stings, Burns and temperature problems, Seizures and epilepsy, Choking, Snake bites on pets, Ticks, Insect Stings

Different types and sizes of dogs

The older dog, Small dog care, Puppies and young animals, Summary of pet first aid, Pets and fireworks, Pet first aid kits, Summary of pet first aid

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Canine First Aid Level 2 (VTQ)