Class Format


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Lectures Only

GEMA June 2013-13We have a full range of instructors available to deliver lecture format presentations. Together, we select the best instructor who will be able to engage and interact with your group based on your specific medical/veterinary level and mission profile. There is no “death by powerpoint”. We include videos and discussions, and our students overwhelmingly report how engaging and interactive our lectures are.

You provide a projector, screen, speakers and adequate seating (including auditorium environments), and we provide the instructor and presentation.

This is an ideal format for groups who wish to reach a large audience with key training points.  Depending on your needs, we can do a single hour module or a whole day of training.

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Essentials Format

GEMA June 2013-136We believe that hands-on practice is critical to memory retention. With the Essentials format, K9 MEDIC brings sample equipment for students to see, touch and try. We include opportunities for students to practice skills as an entire class, working  with human partners or their own K9s (see FAQ for details).

You provide a projector, screen, speakers, and adequate classroom setup with room for some movement. We provide the instructor, presentation, demonstration equipment, and student practice supplies.

We often deliver this program in half-day introduction sessions at conferences.


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Foundations Format

K9Medic103rd - NYTimes-BartonSilverman-withPermission-002We know that learning is best achieved with hands-on repetition, in realistic environments, with carefully designed progression of skill integration and instructor feedback. Less than one third of this class format is lecture based

Skill stations focus on a particular field skill, providing each student with accurate muscle memory and ensuring proficiency long after the class is complete. Primary interventions are repeated until students can do them, literally, blindfolded. Each station is designed to build on existing knowledge and translation of human medical skills to the canine anatomy. Non-invasive assessment skills are on live staff K9s and/or student K9s, going far beyond basic vitals.


Solo and team scenarios then put these skill sets into the likely field environment and require the student to put together an entire treatment sequence, problem solving the situation as they go. Scenarios are based on the skill set, equipment, and mission profile of each team.

A minimum student ratio of 8 students per instructor ensures that all students have adequate hands-on experience and instructor feedback.  The optional student ratio of 4 students per instructor is even more ideal.

This format is usually presented as a two-day program, and is ideal for most teams that wish to provide comprehensive medical field care to their K9 team members.
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Intensive Format

k9medic sutures 3The intensive class format provides the most hands-on, technical, and detailed training. In additional to all of the Foundation skills stations and scenarios, we include additional hands-on labs to the program. This format is only offered with a 4:1 student/instructor ratio, ensuring that each student has ample practice and guidance. We cover skills such as surgical airways and IO fluid administration. Furthermore, bloat/GDV and tension pneumothorax injuries are simulated and can be assessed and decompressed. These advanced skills further not only K9 but also human medical skills dramatically.

This program is ideal for advanced field medical teams, with a high level of existing experience who wish to quickly and effectively convert their skills to the K9 patient.