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  • 6 Months
  • Number of Modules6
  • Typically takes 1 hour per module
  • Progress in your own time
  • Caroline Clark
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Welcome to this veterinary approved and externally accredited First Aid for Dogs course.

CPD-accreditation-21220The 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:

  1. Recognise a range of First aid situations.
  2. Be able to carry out a safe assessment of the animal.
  3. Be able to respond to a range of first aid situations.
  4. Have the confidence to carry out basic first aid treatments whilst waiting for veterinary attention.

The course is not designed to replace veterinary treatment.


The course is made up of six modules, please see the curriculum below.

Frequently Asked Questions

This depends on how much time you have to devote it. Everyone works at a different pace and the course is designed for you to manage your own learning schedule. To ensure that you absorb all the material do not be tempted to rush through it. I also strongly advise that you participate in the practical activities that I set you at the end of each module.

There are NO exams just some self-assessment tasks.

At the end of each module there are some suggested activities along with some self-assessment questions. These have been designed to ensure that you have learned the material and will help to reinforce the facts in your memory. Once you have completed the tasks you mark the module as being completed. You can then can move onto the next one.

YES. After completing all the modules you will be able to download your own personal certificate. The certificate will contain the unique CPD Standards Office code. This is a seal of approval by an external body, giving you peace of mind that the course meets high professional standards.

Yes. You will be able to pose a question to me privately or on the student forum and I will respond as soon as I can.

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Course Curriculum

Introduction 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 – Task 2 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 – Task 2 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 – Task 2 00:00:00
Module 6
Sprains and Strains 00:00:00
Fractures and Dislocations 00:00:00
Module 6 – Task 1 Unlimited
Module 6 – Task 2 00:00:00

    Course Reviews


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    1. Caroline Clark

      Brilliant Course

      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.

    2. Caroline Clark

      Brilliant course!

      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!

    3. Caroline Clark


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

    4. Caroline Clark

      An educational and thorough course

      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. Caroline Clark

      An educational and user-friendly course

      The course is very easy to use, I was able to navigate easily between lessons and pick up where I last left off on different devices. The course is written well and I found it really beneficial as a pet owner.

    6. Caroline Clark

      A great course for pet owners - absolutely recommend!

      Our vets are brilliant, but I’ve always worried about what would happen if there was an emergency in the night or when we were out in the fields, when it would take longer to get someone to us. With sudden illness and injuries I’ve felt completely helpless, knowing how crucial those first few minutes could be.

      This course has really given me peace of mind. It’s obvious how much time and care has gone into creating it – everything was explained really well, the videos (especially with CPR) were massively helpful and I learned a lot.

      I’d definitely recommend to all dog owners and look forward to further courses. Thank you! 🙂

    7. Caroline Clark

      Informative and clear

      This was a fantastic course. It was very informative about key first aid elements whilst being easy to understand and clear to navigate. Can’t wait for the next course.

    8. Caroline Clark

      Excellent, definitely recommended for all

      I’ve been doing this course in my spare time in the evenings and just completed it now. The course is a combination of video and simple text which is easy to follow and understand. Each unit ends with a multiple choice test which lets you flick back to the module notes if you get stuck. If you fail, you can always re-take the test so no pressure!! I recommend this to all pet owners as it’s really good thorough information to know in case of emergency.

    9. Caroline Clark

      A very easy way of learning the basic skills required in an emergency situation

      A very well presented course that has provided me with a basic knowledge of Pet First Aid when out and about with my Cross Staffordshire Bull terrier / Bull Mastiff “Bailey” who is full of life and loves to run and explore. If you own a dog you need this course to ensure you can cope in any situation, remember other dog owners may not have your knowledge and you might oneday use your skills to help others and save their pets. Many thanks and I will continue to keep my knowledge updated.

    10. Caroline Clark

      Great course - full of informative content.

      I really enjoyed completing the first aid course for dogs. The information was interesting and informative, whilst being well structured and simple to comprehend. It was good to be able to come back to the course whenever I wanted to and take it at my own time and the videos and diagrams were helpful in backing up the information. I feel more confident I could take care of my own dogs and the dogs I work with in an emergency now. Thank you Caroline.

    11. Caroline Clark

      Very informative course.

      Topics were broken down so that even those with no education in this field can understand it. I feel more equipped to deal with any emergency that arises with my own dogs and I enjoyed the relaxed way I was able to complete this course without any pressure or deadlines. Thank you Caroline!

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