Serving K9s in THEIR Time of Need
We ask K9s to defend us, to find us, to go before us in times of danger and in extreme conditions. Their mission is to serve, protect, and save people. We believe that every working K9 should have the equivalent medical, rescue, and evacuation resources available to them as their human counterparts. And it is our goal to achieve this through education at the handler, responder, veterinarian, and national industry level.
The K9 MEDIC education program has been in development since 2004. It was originally based on the human Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) program before the Canine-TCCC was introduced and incorporated into the program in 2012. The K9 MEDIC training program provides K9 handlers, medics, tactical medics, and other support members with the medical skills needed to prevent and treat injuries and illnesses in working dogs. This is accomplished by teaching human medical practitioners how to transfer their existing medical skills to the K9 patient. We also work with K9 handlers to expand their medical awareness and skills. Finally, we work with those in the veterinary industry, teaching them how to apply their skills in a prehospital field environment.
It is the ultimate goal of K9 MEDIC to work with industry standard-setting agencies to build a consensus of accepted standards and protocols for the prehospital care of working dogs. We act as advocates and consultants to assist with policy development, mutual aid protocols, and governing board approvals. We offer POST, RACE and EMS certification in many states and seek to create national multidisciplinary education standards.