Op K9 Support

Please note: Our 2020 Workshop has been cancelled.

Operational K9 Handler

First Responder Emergency Care & CPR Workshop

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

Workshop Description

This training includes classroom style education with accompanying hands-on instruction utilizing volunteer demonstration K9s and models. During demonstrations attendees 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

Lead Instructor and Event Chair: Susan Barnes, DVM

Content and instructional support provided by veterinary emergency and critical care professionals.

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

Past Courses Provided

2019: Washington DC

2018: New Orleans

2017: Nashville

2016: Dallas

2015: Washington D.C.

2014: Indianapolis



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