Operational K9 Handler First Responder Emergency Care & CPR Course

This practical educational seminar is provided as a way of giving back to those who save others daily.  Thank You for all you do!  This day is courtesy to you.  In keeping with the VECCF mission, we give back to operational K9s, handlers, and first responders in cities across the country.

Instructors: Susan M. Barnes DVM, Lisa Peters DVM, DACVECC & Lee Palmer DVM, MS, DACVECC

Sponsored by:   The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Foundation, http://veccf.org

Course Description

The course will include some practical classroom style education with accompanying hands-on instruction utilizing volunteer demonstration K9s and models.  There will be demonstrations and registrants will participate and experience real-life scenarios.  This is a fast-paced course with much to cover.  Lecture topics and hands-on instruction incorporate the following ranging from basic to the more advanced in practical scenarios:

  • Physical Exam/Normal vs abnormal
  • Major Trauma overview/Blast Injury
  • Disaster preparedness/Triage, Shock, Pain
  • Wound Care/Wound Packing
  • Immobilization/Bandaging
  • Toxicology principles/proper Narcan use
  • CPR – RECOVER BLS & ALS /scenario drills
  • Bloat/Heat Stroke
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
  • Protective gear for the OpK9

Participants will have opportunities to win door prizes, receive a list of basic contents for K9 emergency care kits or first responder bag, useful references, copy of the RECOVER based CPR Algorithm, and more.

Registration Instructions

 To register, please go to http://VECCF.org, click on the red to register button and complete the registration form.  Include the participant’s first and last name, Dept. / Organization, city, state, email address, telephone and name of their current K-9 partner, (if any).  Please direct inquiries or comment to Dr. Susan Barnes:  SusanBarnesDVM@aol.com

The deadline for registration is Friday, August 6th, 2019.  Plan ahead – please register now!