This curriculum is designed for students with limited pre-existing medical skills and established K9 experience. It develops field care skills from the ground up providing a strong foundation for providing initial medical care in deployment, training and off-duty environments.
It also places a special focus on ongoing observations and assessments, as well as early prevention and performance enhancement topics. Handlers are also taught how to further their handling skills including restraints specific to more advanced procedures provided by medics, such as IVs.
Programs for Medics
This curriculum is generally designed to convert existing human medical skills to K9 patients. It assumes that students are already knowledgeable and proficient with skills such as intubation and IV administration and adds further skills such as IO and surgical airways.
Medics are provided with the opportunity to develop handling skills to enable them to safely and effectively provide care. Topics such as Bloat/GDV which are specific to the K9 species are also covered.
Can I combine Classes for Handlers and Medics?
Can we have classes for Handlers and Medics Together? YES!
For more than a decade we have worked with Handlers and Medics and found great ways to run combined classes. For skills stations we divide students into their respective medical levels. For example during the fluid administration station, those with IV/IO experience will learn to convert their existing skills to the canine patient at the operational level. Non-medical students are taught operational ‘Handler-Assist’ level of the skill such as how to restrain a K9 for IV access, how to identify the landmark for medical providers, and how to set up the fluids. Non-medical students will also have the opportunity to learn the actual IV/IO skills, but will do so at the awareness level for most classes.