The seasons are changing, and as we head into spring and summer, more people will be adopting (we hope) or bringing new puppy family members into the fold. Whether its through adoption, fostering, or any other means, we’re all about pet safety and best care first. That’s why we are sharing a brief list of just some of the pet emergency first aid courses that are being held all around Ontario.
Of the organizations that we have included before, please know that we have not personally attended each course offering. We can not speak to how each course is taught, or the exact materials covered. We can however, offer up a few suggestions that help make the learning “stick” beyond the one day in the classroom.
Pet First Aid Course Helpful Learning Tips
Active Learning – this may mean doing callisthenics between topics, hands on live dogs, or practicing with a buddy and a mannequin, but in any event, the best course leaders understand that much of the first aid material you’ll be covering is not stuff you run into every day. So you need a few different angles on it to make sure its “there” when the emergency does arise.
Homework – some courses suggest follow up activities to do with your pets when you get home. For instance, using an outline of a cat or a dog, note resting heart rate, any lumps and bumps, and things like tender spots or discolouration on your pet’s skin. That gives you a baseline for comparison when you do your monthly checks for changes (you do do monthly checks, right?!)
Stay Connected – the standard protocols for ceratin areas of health concern, or how to manage an emergency situation change as new information, research and case studies come to light. Just like in human medicine, veterinary medicine is a dynamic subject. Its great if your pet first aid course provider has a means to keep in touch even after the course – easy enough by means of a Facebook Group or website forum.
Allopathic and Naturopathic – in the best of all possible worlds, the instructor or course provider will have some amount of naturopathic, homeopathic information to share with course participants. Their position can be neutral, i.e. they need be neither for or against either, but the people taking the course should be made aware that there are often natural remedies to supplement and enhance traditional veterinary approaches.
Here are just a very few of the pet first aid course providers of which Furever Network has become aware through our work with rescue groups and dog care professionals.
Where to Take Pet First Aid Courses in Ontario
Julie Ott, Canine Foundations
* HEADS UP: Furever Members and owners of Doggy xo Daycare Janet Krawec and Andrea Krawec both took this course with Julie Ott, and recommended it highly. Julie’s course is unusual (by our research so far) in that the certification it offers is recognized by educational institution Georgian College as well as dog professional organizations International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT).
Canine Emergency First Aid Certificate Course
When: May 31st, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Georgian College, Barrie Campus
Registration: can be done on line at Georgian College or by phone by calling Georgian College at (705) 329 – 3129
More info for Canine Foundations at this link
Cheryl Orletsky, Dog Guru
* HEADS UP: Furever Member Judith Keenan took this course, so we have a little more first hand experience with this pet first aid course. Read the whole review of our time with Cheryl in this article: DogGuru Pet First Aid Course in Toronto Full of Saving Grace
Pet First Aid Certificate Course
When: Sunday May 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT
What: Toronto Pet First Aid – Rated Best and Most Practical! This vet-approved, certificate course is recommended for all Pet Lovers, yet is specifically designed to provide Pet Care Pros the needed tools to safely care for other people’s pets, and to know what to do, should a pet become ill or injured. Hands-on with video, slides & real pets!
Where: PawsWay Toronto, 245 Queens Quay West,North Building, Toronto, ON
More info for DogGuru at this link
St. John’s Ambulance
St. John’s Ambulance is the organization many know due to their First Aid courses for humans, as well as their therapy dog training and certification. They do Pet First Aid in some of their locations in Ontario. We also understand that they may set up a course with one of their instructors for rescue organizations with a minimum number of attendees required. Here is their next course in Toronto – their website has a search function for any of a number of other cities in Ontario.
What: Pet First Aid Class Number: 1-297621649
When: Saturday May 17, 2014 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Where: PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre, 245 Queens Quay West,North Building, Toronto, ON
More information about this and other dates / locations at St. Johns Ambulance
Walks n’ Wags
Apparently Nurse Ethne Dickinson of Oakland Educational Services Ltd. spent 18 months of development, in consultation with veterinarians and animal health technologists, to build the foundation of what is now the Walks n’ Wags pet first aid course for dogs and cats. In Canada, they offer classes in Ontario as well as British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland. Walks n’ Wags advertises their willingness to work with rescue groups, dog daycares, and other animal organizations to run a custom course that suits the organization’s schedule. They also have a distance learning package. There are seven different host organizations and locations coming up in April and May – see their website here for all the details.