Principles of Animal Rescue Diploma

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Principles of Animal Rescue Diploma



  • The animal emergency course is designed to enable individuals and organisations to be able to offer a professional response to the needs of animals in crisis situations during man-made and natural disasters.
  • It is also suitable for disaster management teams, emergency medical services personnel, fire fighters, animal welfare officers, veterinary staff, animal shelter staff and volunteers wanting to assist with the welfare of animals following a disaster.
  • The subject matter is split into six units and is applicable to companion animals and wildlife. The companion animal section includes effective emergency responses to natural disasters as well as to man-made crises such as animal hoarding, puppy farm rescue, etc. The wildlife section includes assisting exotic animals in captivity as well as livestock in natural disasters and man-made crises such as animal hoarding, oil spills etc.

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

*You will have access to the course for 6 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions.

Unit 1

Introduction to animals in various disaster situations

Unit 1 of the animal emergency course explores the differences between man-made and natural disaster responses.

Learn about worldwide animal welfare issues, legislation and the roles of voluntary organisations. Understanding animal hoarding.

Unit 2

Resources needed for an emergency response (supplies, equipment, personnel)

Learn about what is required in order to be able to effectively respond to an emergency.

How to plan and implement a rescue strategy.

How to assess animal needs and establish priorities.

Learn about the importance of identification and record keeping.

How to evacuate animals safely.

Unit 3

Animal behaviour in rescue situations

Learn about Companion Animal body language and how to handle aggression.

Learn about First Aid and how to care for injured animals.

Unit 4

Establishing emergency animal shelters

Learn about the different shelter options including: How to set up an emergency animal shelter and how to manage health & hygiene.

Learn how to distribute animal supplies effectively.

Learn how to re-unite displaced companion animals with their families and about the relocation of wild animals.

The module also includes the effective and humane handling and transportation of healthy, injured and sick animals.

Unit 5

Animal Care

Learn about nutrition, common health disorders, parasite control and zoonotic diseases.

Learn how to implement health checks and vaccination programmes.

Unit 6

Working efficiently with other agencies to respond to changing needs

Understanding essential procedures, protocols, and policies at a temporary emergency animal shelter.

Learn about the Health & Safety of emergency responders as well as security, stress management and team response management procedures.


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