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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
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    About the course

    Every pet owner or professional working with animals should know how to perform first aid. From cut pads, insect stings, and snake-bites, to chocolate poisoning, traffic accidents and choking, the unexpected can and does happen to the pets in our care. This comprehensive course equips you with the expertise to handle these situations and many others besides. In addition, you learn how to assess the patient and prioritize the most life-threatening problems.

    What you will learn

    Be Prepared:

    • What to have in a first aid box
    • Know where the emergency vet clinic is
    • Acquire first aid training


    Types of First Aid

    • Conditions you can treat at home
    • Recognizing emergencies
    • Stabilizing a patient until help arrives


    Taking Control in a First Aid Situation

    • Keeping safe: How to restrain a patient in pain
    • Assessing the patient
    • Prioritizing the most life-threatening problem


    Do No Harm

    • Human medications: What you can and can’t give
    • Pet medications: How much and when?
    • When to contact the vet



    • Bandaging
    • Nursing skills
    • Treating shock



    • Summary flowchart of what to do
    • What to do when the pet’s not breathing
    • What to do when there’s no heart beat


    First Aid

    • A comprehensive A-Z list of all major first aid eventualities
    • What to do and what to avoid
    • Cross referenced conditions



    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Be Prepared
    • 1.1 First Aid Equipment
    • 1.2 Register with a Vet
    • 1.3 Practical First Aid Experience
    • 1.4 Safe Use of Medications
    •  1.4.1 Speak to a vet
    •  1.4.2 Safe medications for pets
    •  1.4.3 Medications for dogs
    • 1.5 The Safe Way to make a Pet Vomit
    Module 2: Taking Control In A First Aid Situation
    • 2.1 Minor problems vs emergencies
    • 2.2 Assessing the patient
    • 2.2.1 Circulation
    • 2.2.2 Heart rate and pulse
    • 2.2.3 Respiratory rate
    • 2.2.4 Dehydration
    • 2.2.5 Temperature
    • 2.2.6 Signs of shock
    • 2.3 Prioritize the most serious problems
    • 2.4 Safe handling of patients in pain
    • 2.5 Move out of harm’s way + stabilization
    • 2.6 Call for help
    Module 3: First Aid Techniques
    • 3.1 Treating shock
    • 3.2 Controlling blood loss
    • 3.3 Cleaning wounds
    • 3.4 Basic nursing
    • 3.5 Bandaging
    • 3.5.1 Bandaging materials
    • 3.5.2 Bandaging techniques
    • 3.5.3 Improvised dressings
    Module 4: Cpr
    • 4.1 CPR flow chart (Emergency summary)
    • 4.2 Respiratory arrest
    • 4.2.1 Check for breathing
    • 4.2.2 Giving artificial respiration
    • 4.3 Cardiac arrest
    • 4.3.1 Check for a heart beat
    • 4.3.2 Give cardiac massage
    • 4.4 Combined CPR
    Module 5: First Aid A-z
    • Abscess
    • Allergic reaction
    • Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
    • Asthma attack
    • Bite wound
    • Bleeding
    • Bloat
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Broken bones (see Fractures)
    • Broken nail or claw
    • Burns
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Chocolate toxicity
    • Choking
    • Collapse (patient conscious)
    • Collapse (patient unconscious)
    • Constipation
    • Cuts, lacerations and wounds
    • CVA – Cerebrovascular accident [see Stroke]
    • Dehydration
    • Diabetic coma
    • Diabetes (unstable)
    • Diarrhea
    • Dislocation
    • Drowning
    • Dystocia
    • Electrocution
    • Eye injury
    • Fits [see: Seizure]
    • Fever
    • Food poisoning
    • Fractures
    • Frostbite [see Hypothermia]
    • GDV – Gastric Dilation and Volvulus [see Bloat]
    • Giving birth [see Dystocia]
    • Heat stroke
    • Hemorrhage [see Bleeding]
    • Hypothermia
    • Insect sting
    • Kittening (see Dystocia)
    • Lacerations [see Cuts]
    • Poisoning
    • Seizures
    • Skin infections
    • Smoke inhalation
    • Shock
    • Snake bite
    • Straining [see: Urination or Dystocia]
    • Stroke
    • Sudden swelling
    • Trauma (Road traffic accident)
    • Urination difficulty
    • Vomiting
    • Whelping [see Dystocia]
    • Wounds [See cuts]


    Who is this course for

    This course is ideal for:

    • Pet owners wanting to educate themselves on proper first aid
    • Animal lovers interested in learning more about medicine and exploring the basics of veterinary medicine 
    • Those interested in a career as a vet tech, veterinary doctor, or veterinary support assistant
    • Anyone interested in working with animals in any of the many jobs in the animal care industry

    Career path

    • Candidates with an interest in working with animals
    • Anyone interested in a career in veterinary medicine or animal care
    • Those interested in owning animals, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
    • Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion
    • Those seeking to improve the lives of pets at any age, particularly senior pets.


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation