Animal First Aid Course

Animal First Aid Certificate Course

Canine First Aid Certificate Course Level 3

 Intensive Practical Course

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Animal First Aid Course

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Canine First Aid Course - Level 3

When caring for dogs  - in either a professional or a personal capacity - the need for a solid understanding of First Aid is crucial. In the first few moments after an incident, the ability to provide quick, species-relevant relief to an injured dog is crucial, and can hugely influence the eventual outcome of the situation. 

This course is a practical, intensive course that can be completed in a single day. It seeks to provide a thorough overview of Canine First Aid requirements, allowing you to deliver the assistance any dog in your care needs, when they need it most.

Who is this course suitable for?

The course is suitable for individuals wishing to partake for both personal and professional reasons. If you work with dogs, the Canine First Aid course provides recognisable certification that can improve your CV and demonstrate an ability to be a first responder to a dog in distress. If you have prior First Aid certification for use in a professional capacity, this course can serve as a refresher or update to an existing qualification. 

The course is also beneficial to dog owners who wish to broaden their understanding of canine health in an emergency situation. 

What will you learn on the course? 

The Canine First Aid course provides in-depth, practical help for approaching, handling and providing aid to a dog in distress. This includes details on how to cope with a canine accident involving: 

  • Traffic accidents, such as a dog being hit by a car
  • Pest-related injuries, such as bites and stings
  • Temperature-related injuries, including hypothermia and heat stroke 
  • Accidents such as burns, shocks, electrocution, eye injuries, choking and drowning.
  • Health emergencies, such as fits and sudden-onset, and potentially life-threatening, illnesses

You will also learn how to conduct a full body examination of a dog in distress and how to provide emergency assistance if required. This encompasses considerations such as: 

  • Checking vital signs such as breathing and heart rate
  • Carrying out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 
  • Temperature control 
  • Awareness of warning signs for illnesses or diseases that may be life-threatening. For example, you will learn how to identify and respond to cardiovascular problems, immediate neurological threats (such as stroke), and respiratory emergencies

In addition to responding to the emergency situations above, you will also learn how to respond  to canine injuries, including: 

  • A thorough guide to providing bandaging support to the canine body 
  • Wound-dressing, including infection prevention measures and the management of existing infection 
  • The signs of bone fractures, and how to bandage and ensure support for a dog with a suspected fracture 

As well as the immediate responses required to preserve canine health in the above scenarios, you will also learn theoretical fundamentals that are crucial to the correct First Aid response. These include protecting your own personal safety, gaining trust from the animal, and how to restrain and transport animals that are injured, in shock, or collapsed.

Completing the course

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion to acknowledge your abilities in responding to canine emergencies. This training and certification allows you to further your professional training, or simply provides peace of mind that you are capable of coping with emergency situations when caring for your own companion dogs.

Canine First Aid Course - Level 3

First Aid training must be kept up to date and this course can also be undertaken as a refresher/update course for animal care professionals or as CPD training.

This Practical Intensive Canine First Aid course is of relevance to anyone working with companion animals in a veterinary, hydrotherapy, animal charity or private business capacity as well as for pet owners wishing to increase their knowledge and skills. This small animal first aid course covers the principles and rules of first aid for animals.

First Aid Kit

This Level 3 course includes: 

  • Essential requirements for first line response to incidents that require immediate action including:  Road traffic incidents, drowning, poisoning, bites, stings, fits, hypothermia, choking, heat stroke, burns, shock, eye injuries, bleeding and electrocution.
  • Carrying out CPR
  • Carrying out health checks & full body examination, temperature control, checking vital signs and identifying warning signs of life threatening diseases
  • How to deal with cardiovascular, neurological and respiratory emergencies
  • Bandaging ears, tails and limbs
  • Dressing specific wounds, preventing and managing wound infection
  • Identifying the signs of a fracture and how to assist and correctly bandage an animal with a suspected fracture.
  • How to approach and handle an animal in shock or in a collapsed state.
  • How to restrain, carry and transport injured animals.
  • Participants will also learn about health and safety principles whilst undertaking animal care in first aid situations including how to gain the trust of an animal before undertaking procedures
  • This hands-on course provides the opportunity to practice what you would do in the event of an emergency.

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Animal Jobs Direct was established in 2005.

We offer various Ofqual Approved Qualifications and have been Approved and Accredited by 5 National Awarding Bodies: Lantra, ABC Awards, AIM Awards, ASDAN and OCN. 

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