Op K9 Support

Operational K9 Handler

First Responder Emergency Care & CPR Course

Each year the VECC Foundation hosts a free First Responder Emergency Care & CPR Course for police officers, EMTs and fire fighters. The course includes lecture and hands-on instructional training.

Course Description

The course will include some practical classroom style education with accompanying hands-on instruction utilizing volunteer demonstration K9s and models. There will be demonstrations and registrants will participate and experience real-life scenarios. This is a fast-paced course with much to cover. Lecture topics and hands-on instruction incorporate the following ranging from basic to the more advanced in practical scenarios:

  • Physical Exam/Normal vs abnormal
  • Major Trauma overview/Blast Injury
  • Disaster preparedness/Triage, Shock, Pain
  • Wound Care/Wound Packing
  • Immobilization/Bandaging
  • Principles of toxicology/Narcan use
  • CPR - RECOVER BLS & ALS /scenario drills
  • Bloat/Heat Stroke
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Assessment
  • Protective gear for the OpK9

2019 Course Schedule

Date:                   Friday, September 6th 2019

Time:                   0800-1600

                           (Registration begins at 0800)

                           45 minute lunch break - to be provided

Location:             The Meridian Center
                            2869 Towerview Rd, Herndon VA 20171

Instructors:          Susan M. Barnes DVM, Lisa Peters DVM, DACVECC & Lee Palmer DVM, MS, DACVECC

Sponsored by:     The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (VECCF) Foundation

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The deadline for registration is Friday, August 6th, 2019

Please direct inquiries or comment to Dr. Susan Barnes: SusanBarnesDVM@aol.com

Lead Instructors:

  • Susan Barnes, DVM
  • Lisa Peters, DVM, DACVECC
  • Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC, NRP, EMT-T, WEMT, CCRP, TP-C

Project Support:

  • Lyn Schuh, CVT

Fake DogSupply coordination provided by the amazing IVECCS Lab Crew

Financial support provided by:

  • Purina
  • VECCS
  • IDEXX

Special thanks to our amazing volunteer instructors who arrive for IVECCS early, miss lectures and donate their time and expertise.       

Past Courses Provided

2018:   New Orleans

2017:   Nashville

2016:   Dallas

2015:   Washington D.C.

2014:  Indianapolis



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