This comprehensive program includes handling pet emergencies in both conventional and disaster environments, so you’ll be prepared to respond wherever and whenever you need to.
K9 Handlers and Disaster Workers will learn how to provide pre-hospital emergency field care to Working K9s and Companion Dogs. Program elements include handling safety, assessments and triage, extraction and transport, decontamination, common injury interventions and extended care Advanced skills include needle decompressions to treat tension pneumothorax and bloat/GDV.
Skill stations focus on a particular field skill and ensure that each student has accurate muscle memory to ensure skillful delivery 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. Assessment skills are on live dogs and go beyond basic vitals and teach students how to conduct ongoing observations and trending through typical work cycles to identify and prevent injuries and illness early in development. Handling includes basic carries and constraints and can include advanced handling such as harness lifts and extractions.
Solo and Team Scenarios then put these skillsets 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 skillset, equipment and mission profile of each team. For example GSWs, IEDs or collapsed building compression injuries may be included depending on the mission profile.