Welcome to this veterinary approved and externally accredited First Aid for Dogs course.


Would you know how to save your dog’s life in an emergency?
This veterinary approved and accredited online course is suitable for pet owners and pet professionals, fulfilling continuing professional development (CPD) requirements. Covering a range of topics with video demonstrations, downloads to keep, tutor help if you need it and a final accredited course certificate.

The course has been designed for pet professionals, fulfilling continuing professional development (CPD) requirements. However, it is suitable for pet owners too.

This course concentrates on the dog although many of the first aid principles apply to other mammals too as the body systems work in a very similar way.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Recognise a range of First aid situations.
  • Be able to carry out a safe assessment of the animal.
  • Be able to respond to a range of first aid situations.
  • Have the confidence to carry out basic first aid treatments whilst waiting for veterinary attention.
1. The course recognises that the veterinary surgeons act 1966 restricts the diagnosis and treatment of an animal by another person other than a qualified and registered veterinary surgeon. However any lay person can carry out first aid in an emergency situation.
2. For all first aid cases, a veterinary surgeon should be contacted as soon as possible.
The course is not designed to replace veterinary treatment.

Course Curriculum

Introduction from Caroline 00:00:00
Module 1
The basic principles of first aid 00:00:00
What to include in a first aid kit 00:00:00
Safe handling and restraining techniques 00:00:00
Assessing and examining the patient and measuring the vital signs 00:00:00
Mucous Membranes and Capillary Refill Time 00:00:00
Module 1 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 1 – Suggested Tasks 00:00:00
Module 2
Haemorrhage and Locating the pressure points 00:00:00
Dealing with clinical shock 00:00:00
General Wounds 00:00:00
Poisoning 00:00:00
Bites and Stings 00:00:00
Module 2 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 2 – Task 2 Unlimited
Module 3
Cardiac arrest and carrying out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 00:00:00
Dealing with fits 00:00:00
Recognising pain and its effect on the patient 00:00:00
Module 3 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 4
Burns and Scalds 00:00:00
Hyperthermia 00:00:00
Hypothermia 00:00:00
Ticks – recognition and safe removal 00:00:00
Module 4 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 4 – Suggested Task 00:00:00
Module 5
Gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV) 00:00:00
Vomiting 00:00:00
Diarrhoea 00:00:00
Electric Shocks & Electrical Burns 00:00:00
Module 5 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 5 – Suggested Task 00:00:00
Module 6
Sprains and Strains 00:00:00
Fractures and Dislocations 00:00:00
Module 6 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 6 – Suggested Task 00:00:00
Module 7
Ear injuries and conditions 00:00:00
Eye Injuries and Conditions 00:00:00
Anal sac glands – their function and common problems 00:00:00
Fleas and how they affect the dog 00:00:00
Module 7 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 7 – Suggested Task 00:00:00
Module 7 – Suggested Task 00:00:00

Course Reviews

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  • 4 stars2
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  1. Brilliant course!

    5

    This is a really good course and anybody can do it. It covers a lot of information but in a manner that somebody who isn’t a qualified nurse can do it or even for somebody in the animal industry can do and enjoy!

  2. Brilliant course

    5

    The course is detailed and informative, and suitable for people of all levels of experience. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn about first aid.

  3. EXCELLENT COURSE!

    5

    Excellent course, suitable for pet owners and veterinary professionals alike. Would highly recommend.

  4. An educational and thorough course

    5

    I’m a pet owner and not a professional but still I found this course to be understandable and enjoyable. The course videos are a perfect addition to better interpret the content and how to put it into practice. I will be recommending this to anyone I know with a dog!

  5. First aid for dogs

    5

    An excellent and invaluable course for any dog owners and carers. I would highly recommend this course.

  6. first aid for dogs

    5

    i found this course very enjoyable and full of helpful information ,the course is easy to follow and can be done at your own pace .its made me feel more confident in first aid .

  7. FIRST AID FOR DOGS - AN ABSOLUTE MUST

    5

    This is a very carefully and thoroughly structured course. There are very clear videos that make you feel you can do the crucial procedures. It is great to have online access to the course for six months. Most importantly if you need help Caroline really is there and will patiently clarify any points no matter what they are. I enjoyed this course immensely. It really gives you such a sense of achievement to complete it and to feel you are much better equipped to responsibly care for dogs.

  8. Great course

    5

    This is a great course! Thank you very much for putting everything together!!!

  9. 4

    Very informative and easy to follow.

  10. First Aid for dogs course - very informative

    5

    Caroline makes this course very informative without overwhelming. It is easy to follow and has good direction and diagrams with some video guidelines which are very helpful. I feel so much more confident and educated that I can understand signs & symptoms that need first aid treatment before vet attention can be obtained.

  11. Everyone with dogs in their life should take this course!

    5

    I started out with zero knowledge of First Aid, human or canine. Having done this interesting and very informative course, I feel prepared if anything untoward were to happen to a dog in my care.
    The modular set-up and bite-sized lessons made it easy to slot in learning around my other tasks; and I found being able to go back and re-read, and watch the videos as many times as I wished invaluable. I have been around dogs for 50 years, and many times during the course I found myself thinking “gosh I didn’t know that”. My thanks to Caroline for putting this together.

  12. First Aid Course

    5

    I found this course very imformative. I have had training previously in the 80s on standard first aid for dogs but felt it was time I redid it. I also can not thank Caroline enough for extending the time frame for me as I have been quite unwell and at times was unable to continue with the course. I would not hesitate to recommend the course to anyone.

  13. First Aid for Dogs

    4

    A good informative course and not to difficult to complete!

  14. First aid for dogs

    5

    An interesting and useful online course. I will feel more confident when faced with a dog displaying various symptoms now.

  15. 5

    I enjoyed learning about first aid for dogs. However, I felt the first module was a bit medical-technical for a novice like myself. Once I continued with the rest of the modules, I enjoyed the course very much and found it interesting and realised that sometimes a bit of common sense is required.

    I only hope that I never have to use my new dog first aid knowledge but if I do, I know I will be able to help with greater confidence than if I hadn’t taken the course.

Registered Veterinary Nurse, Cert.Ed. Full Member of The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. ABTC Registered Clinical Animal Behaviour Counsellor.

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