Higher Certificate in Canine First Aid

Would you know how to save your dog's life in an emergency? This easy-to-follow course provides teaches you basic first aid treatments, how to commence CPR and so much more.

7 CPD Hrs (approx)
Written by Caroline Clark: Qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse, RVN Clinical Coach, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Qualified Teacher & Published Writer

This veterinary approved and externally accredited online course is written and designed by a qualified registered veterinary nurse and clinicial animal behaviourist. It has been designed for pet professionals, fulfilling Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. However, it is suitable for pet owners too.

The course is made up of multiple learning processes, such as written content, video demonstrations, downloadable resources and suggested tasks. There are no exams, but to obtain your certificate you must answer some multiple choice questions. Like human first aid, it is recommended that you refresh your skills every three years.

Course aims:

  • To recognise and respond to a range of first aid situations.
  • To carry out a safe assessment of the dog.
  • To carry out basic first aid treatments whilst waiting for veterinary attention.
  • Basic principles, safe handling, up-to-date CPR and much more.
  • See full course curriculum below.

Course features:

  • Written with the benefit of practical veterinary experience.
  • Information and content based on the latest veterinary standards.
  • Life saving techniques based on internationally recognised authority in veterinary CPR.
  • Easy-to-digest lessons give you the flexibility to learn at home at your own pace.
  • Recorded video demonstrations.
  • Tutor and technical support available.
  • Lifetime access to dip in and out of the course whenever you need to refresh your knowledge.
  • Accredited CPD certificate of completion.
  • CPD reflection for professional portfolio and CPD log.
  • CPD transcript for prospective employers.
  • Unique ‘Accredited First Aider’ membership graphic to use on your website or social media.
  • Quick reference E-Book.
  • Works on computers, tablets & smartphones.
Accredited by CPD Standards
Unique verifiable certificate code

10% Loyal Student Discount on further courses

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Suitable for:

  • Dog owners
  • Dog walkers
  • Dog groomers
  • Dog carers / sitters
  • Dog trainers
  • Dog kennels / hotels
  • Animal behaviourists
  • Pet professionals

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.

This course is NOT designed to replace veterinary treatment and attention. For all first aid cases, a veterinary surgeon should be contacted as soon as possible.

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Course Includes

  • 8 Modules
  • Video Demonstrations
  • Downloadable Resources
  • No Exams!
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lifetime Access
  • Platform features

    • Learn At Home
      Flexibility to learn at your own pace
    • Dark Mode Switch
      Reduces eye strain at night                    
    • Device Compatible
      Computers, tablets & smartphones
    • Help & Support
      Tutorial and technical support included
    • Secure Payments
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5 68 Reviews


by Victoria Edwards 20/11/2023

The course content was thorough and there was a great use of video footage to support the written content and provide visual explanation of certain procedures. The website is very easy to use and the quiz at the end of each topic was useful to monitor learning. The content was thorough although I would have liked to see ‘drowning’ covered in this course.

by Anna Maria Papakyriacou 12/09/2023

everything you need to know is spelt out word for word. additional research is optional but rarely necessary unless you are curious to find out more.

by Martin Simmons 25/08/2023

The course is well set out and easy to follow. I completed the course over 3 days, dipping in and out. I liked the way that you could proceed at your own pace. The content was good and informative. The videos too were excellent resources. I am very impressed that at any time I can read the course content which is very reassuring to have that facility going forward.

by Hsin-Yi Yao 23/08/2023

The course is impressively structured and planned, offering informative written explanations, diagrams, and videos. Every lesson is useful, straightforward, and simple to understand. The videos are thorough and highly valuable. I definitely feel more confident after finishing this dog first aid course.

by Karen Roche 18/08/2023

Online course suited me perfectly as I am a home dog boarder so couldn’t attend a session. Was able to complete over a few days when time and furry guests allowed. Well set out modules with a combination of learning styles used. Highly recommend.

by Monica Gameiro 15/08/2023

I found this course extremely well structured with all the necessary information delivered in an engaging format.

by Alana Georgson 25/07/2023

learned alot from this course, lots of useful information given. Easy to follow and no final exam.

by Stephen Lister 29/06/2023

No issues whatsoever. Just a good first aid course that covers everything and makes me feel more confident.

by Peter Wilson 29/06/2023

The course covers all the relevant areas necessary for giving confidence in dealing with issues requiring canine first aid. It also encourages further reading to enable the gaining of more in-depth knowledge in particular areas of interest.

by Janice Long 14/06/2023

I did this course as a follow-up to a previous short course, to gain better insight and more in-depth knowledge of canine first aid. I found the course easy to follow, well thought out and comprehensive. I learned a lot.

by Melanie Malin 29/05/2023

This course kept me engaged from start to finish

by Katey Stoker 13/05/2023

Look no further. This is a comprehensive and concise course in Canine First Aid. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it will be useful in my new business.

by EMMA MORRIS 03/05/2023

Excellent.. use of videos very useful

by Lisa Abery-henning 27/03/2023

So much to learn, yet the basics are all here. Brilliant course, so thorough and informative. Much better than any of the other courses I’ve researched so far.

by Kelly Brearley 26/03/2023

Interesting course, found the videos very useful and learned a lot of new skills