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This veterinary approved and accredited online course is suitable for dog owners or pet professionals, e.g. dog walkers, vet nurses, groomers, dog carers, dog trainers/behaviourists, etc, fulfilling continuing professional development (CPD) requirements. Covering a range of topics with video demonstrations, downloads to keep, tutor help if you need it and a final accredited course certificate.

What you’ll learn:

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

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.

At the end of the course you’ll obtain your Accredited Certificate in Canine First Aid, which like human first aid, I recommend that you refresh your skills every three years. This is because research is being conducted continually and so procedures change over time. A refresher course will be available soon.

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.
The course is not designed to replace veterinary treatment.

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by Sharon Louise Lambert August 28, 2020

Interesting and engaging and really useful. Hoping never to have to use it but will be confident in doing so if I have to. Everything explained so that it’s easy to understand and remember. Thank you

by Alison Jakins August 14, 2020

A comprehensive online course to refresh my canine first aid knowledge. During lockdown, many organisations offered their 1st aid courses online but P.E.T. offered a competitively priced course which could be taken and resumed at your own pace. The videos and downloadable resources are high quality and I would highly recommend.

by Paula Robinson May 28, 2020

Brilliant, thank you. This is a really thorough course. Due to the lockdown, I was unable to to attend a classroom training course. I looked at several online courses before I chose this one but I am so pleased that I did. It was interesting, very well explained, the video clips were very good. I will use this site for further courses.

by Liam Doyle March 31, 2020

Dear Caroline. I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful course. The format of the course is brilliant. Thank you!

by Scott Wilkie March 27, 2020

Thorough and easy to follow canine first aid course. Broken down into easily digestible sections, followed by self assessment quizzes to ensure you’re committing the important details to memory. Well worth the cost.

by Robert Pearson January 14, 2020

An excellent and well presented course. I certainly learned a lot and will recommend this to anyone who has a dog.
Vital and life saving information is explained well with text and videos.

Thank you for creating this wonderful course.

Rob Pearson

by Tara Bhat January 13, 2020

Comprehensive course from which I learnt a lot. Obviously not the same as a ‘live’ course with real animals but still very useful. The video demonstrations were particularly helpful. Thank you Caroline.

by Martin Simmons November 16, 2019

This first aid course is excellent, and very comprehensive. I found it easy to navigate and I liked the idea that you could save progress as you went along, meaning that you could study at your own pace. The Video tutorials were clear and informative. I like that there are downloads and printouts to keep on file for future use.

by Louise Mckay November 11, 2019

Really easy to understand and enjoyable course.

by Hollie Mills September 3, 2019

Really good course, learnt alot through this course and feel confident enough to carry out any emergency first aid scenarios i may come across.thankyou i have thoroughly enjoyed.

About the Instructors

Registered Veterinary Nurse / Animal Behaviourist / Qualified Teacher
Caroline is a qualified registered veterinary nurse and has a professional teaching qualification. Caroline is also an animal behaviourist and runs a referral clinic in Yorkshire. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and one of only a small number of specialists to have achieved the status of Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour Training Council. Caroline recently appeared as the animal specialist on a 20 part, Channel Four TV series ‘Embarrassing Pets’ and has written articles for peer reviewed veterinary publications.