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)
Created 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. Easy-to-digest lessons give you the flexibility to learn at home at your own pace.

There are no exams, but to obtain your certificate of completion you must answer some multiple choice questions, which have been designed to ensure that you have learned the material. Like human first aid, it is recommended that you refresh your skills every three years.

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What you'll learn



Caroline is a qualified member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and a registered clinical animal behaviourist with the Association of Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is also a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Caroline holds a professional teaching qualification.


  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.

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Buy as a student Suitable if you are buying this course to use yourself, for your own business or independently.

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Suitable for veterinary practices, businesses & colleges. Allows the business to pay for the course so students can enrol using their own name.

This course includes

  • 7 Modules, 30 Topics
  • Video Demonstrations
  • Downloadable Resources
  • No Exams!
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lifetime Access
  • Platform Features

    • Study From Home
      Flexibility to learn at your own pace
    • Device Compatible
      Computers, tablets & smartphones
    • Priority Support
      Tutorial & technical support whenever you need it
  • Secure Payments.
    No Hidden Fees.

    The price you see is the price you pay. No hidden fees for enrolment or e-certificates. Checkout securely with your credit or debit card.

5 41 Reviews


by Kerry Schofield September 30, 2021

I like to say I recommend this courses to anyone who loves animals or to further into Education in Animals of all sectors.

The course was amazing and enjoyable and well understanding.

A massive thank you to Caroline my tutor in putting my forward in the right direction.

by Neil Law August 19, 2021

Really informative, well laid out and easy to take on board. I would definitely recommend the course even if you only have a dog as a pet.

by Chloe Plachcinski August 18, 2021

Great layout, easy to understand information & good test questions. This has really helped my confidence in being able to deal with unexpected first aid situations at work. Highly recommend. Thank you so much.

by Sue Malcolm March 18, 2021

I will recommend this course to my animal therapy colleagues, students and volunteers and to dog owners who wish to develop greater first aid knowledge and skills. The fact that the course can be revisited at any time and is supported with videos, written resources makes it especially beneficial.
Sue, Founder of Friends Of Baxter Animal Care

by Sharodene Naomi Mellis March 8, 2021

Clear, concise and informative. Videos and other resources are very useful. Would recommend!

by Catherine Fisher February 2, 2021

I found this course very professionally put together, easy to follow but full of content and more information than I remember receiving in my last course in 2016. Very impressed and would definitely recommend for others in my line of work.

by Nicola Wearing January 6, 2021

This is a fab course. Easy to complete from the comfort of your own home. I liked that you can pick up where you last left and the videos and diagrams are simple and easy to follow.
Very good cause, thanks!

by Lauren Moore November 28, 2020

Great insight into canine first aid! Very informative and easy to understand the sections, along with video demonstrations allowing a ‘hands on’ learning experience! Thank you very much!

by Karen Lancett November 1, 2020

The course was easy to access and covered all of the relevant topics very well. The short video demonstrations were particularly helpful in understanding “hands on” techniques. I liked the way that the course could be approached in chunks. I found that 2 modules (about 2 hours) at a time worked for me and this facilitated good learning and understanding of each topic.

by Skye McDonald October 28, 2020

Great comprehensive course to set me onto my way to working in the dog world. After over 20 years of doing BASP first aid course it was fun to change the human into a dog! Very interesting to see how much is the same between the species. Especially appreciated the ‘how to ‘ videos.
Thanks Skye