Canine First Aid

1 Day Canine First Aid and Training Course

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The two parts of the course form a regulated qualification - OfQual Code: 601/7551/5

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Canine First Aid Course

Course Price:  Course Price: £265

Continued Professional Development

This course counts for 96 hours Continued Professional Development (CPD)

This certificated course is in two parts. 

Theoretical learning forms the first part of this course – four modules to be studied as distance learning.  You will have tutor support throughout the course.

The second part of this qualification is a practical day.  The two parts of the course form a regulated qualification - OfQual Code: 601/7551/5

A good understanding of how to deal with and treat canine emergencies is essential for anyone working with dogs.  Dog groomers, dog walkers, dog sitters, dog behaviourists and many other professions should have first aid certification.

Distance Learning Study Modules with Complete Tutor Support Provided

What to Expect from the Canine First Aid Training Course Theory Part:

Module 1 -  The Health & Well Being of Dogs 

This training module will introduce you to basic guidelines for the health and well-being of any dog. We will consider healthy and unhealthy signs in dogs and also take a look at some individual breeds as well. Preventative measures that can keep a dog healthy and parasite free are also covered, along with common health problems.

Selective breeding - the process of intentionally mating dogs for desirable characteristics considered favourable is also looked at and we consider the end result which is often genetic disease.

At the end of this module, you will be competent in knowing how to identify signs of illness in a dog. You will also understand how to complete routine health checks that can lead to early detection of illness.

Module 2 - Prevention & Treatment of Canine Illness

This module identifies some of the illnesses that may affect dogs and how to treat them.

The module covers various agents of disease including:

  • Bacteria
  • Environmental exposure
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Viral infections

We also look at some of the serious illnesses/injuries experienced by dogs, including epilepsy. By the end of the module you will be able to competently deal with snake bites and bee stings and how to avoid common household problems such as allergic reactions to common household products.

When dealing with first aid situations, it is essential to have a well-stocked first aid kit and we look at what is necessary in a portable first aid kit.

Module 3 - Wound Management for Domesticated Dogs 

Module 3 looks at the principles of wound management.  Fractures and breaks are also discussed.  By the end of the module you will know how to deal with these emergencies.

There are many different types of wounds and each one must be managed correctly. The module covers step by step instructions for dressing and bandaging a wound correctly in order to encourage the best possible outcome. At the end of the module, you will also know how to quickly stop a wound from bleeding and how to prevent and manage wound infection.

The last part of this module takes a look at how shock can impact a dog, the signs to look for and how to manage this situation.

Module 4 -  Canine Emergency Aid

The final theory module covers the principles of basic resuscitation, providing step by step instruction how to carry out CPR correctly for various breeds. The module also looks at the circulatory and respiratory system and what is considered normal.  Step by step instruction for emergencies is covered so that by the end of the module you will have a good understanding of checking Airways, Breathing and Circulation and what to do if these are not present.

As mentioned, the course consists of two parts in order to gain this OfQual-recognised course.  Successful completion will earn you 12 Level-2 credits for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (RQF).

Canine First Aid Practical Day Details:

This is a full-day practical training session held in Cambridgeshire. It concludes with an assessment in order to gain your certification.

The first half of the day will be spent practicing CPR and other emergencies, including bandaging.  The second part of the day will form the assessment.

This part of the course will deliver hands-on experience in the following areas:

  • Daily health check
  • Visible signs of excellent or poor health
  • Warning signs of illness or disease
  • Temperature control for dogs
  • Bandaging and dressing wounds
  • Wound infection prevention strategies
  • Visual signs of a broken or fractured bone
  • Proper treatment for broken or fractured bones
  • CPR application
  • Signs of shock in dogs
  • Proper response for dogs in shock or in collapsed state
  • Effective strategies to stop control bleeding
  • Canine first aid kit assembly

This course places welfare at the forefront throughout and we also consider how to approach a dog that may be distressed or in pain.

This is a regulated qualifications course that is taught from an animal-centred perspective. If you ever find yourself on the front line of an emergency, the theory will enable you to know how to respond.  The practical training provided during the course will give you the skills needed to implement that strategy safely and efficiently.

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Course Price:  £265

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

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