About this course

Keep calm and in control when animals have accidents. From cut paws to cardiac arrests, learn first-aid methods to ease the pain - and save lives!

Every pet owner or professional working with animals should know how to perform first aid. From cut pads, insect stings, and snake-bites, to chocolate poisoning, traffic accidents and choking, the unexpected can and does happen to the pets in our care. This comprehensive course equips you with the expertise to handle these situations and many others besides. In addition, you learn how to assess the patient and prioritize the most life-threatening problems.


What you'll learn

Be Prepared:

  • What to have in a first aid box
  • Know where the emergency vet clinic is
  • Acquire first aid training

Types of First Aid

  • Conditions you can treat at home
  • Recognizing emergencies
  • Stabilizing a patient until help arrives

Taking Control in a First Aid Situation

  • Keeping safe: How to restrain a patient in pain
  • Assessing the patient
  • Prioritizing the most life-threatening problem

Do No Harm

  • Human medications: What you can and can’t give
  • Pet medications: How much and when?
  • When to contact the vet


  • Bandaging
  • Nursing skills
  • Treating Shock


  • Summary Flowchart of what to do
  • What to do when the pet’s not breathing
  • What to do when there’s no heartbeat

First Aid

  • A comprehensive A-Z list of all major first aid eventualities
  • What to do and what to avoid
  • Cross-referenced conditions

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for:

  • Pet owners wanting to educate themselves on proper first aid.
  • Animal lovers, interested in learning more about medicine and exploring the basics of veterinary medicine.
  • Those interested in a career as a vet tech, veterinary doctor, or veterinary support assistant.
  • Anyone interested in working with animals in any of the many jobs in the animal care industry.

Career path

  • Candidates with an interest in working with animals.
  • Anyone interested in a career in veterinary medicine or animal care.
  • Those interested in owning animals, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
  • Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion.
  • Those seeking to improve the lives of pets at any age, particularly senior pets.


International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


PDF Certificate already included in price.

  • This course is CPD/CE accredited. CPD accredited courses count towards the total of CPD hours to submit for your job role. CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.
  • ICOES (International Council for Online Educational Standards) accredited.

Course Breakdown:

Module 1: Be Prepared

1.1 First Aid Equipment

1.2 Register with a Vet

1.3 Practical First Aid Experience

1.4 Safe Use of Medications

1.4.1 Speak to a vet

1.4.2 Safe medications for pets

1.4.3 Medications for dogs

1.5 The Safe Way to make a Pet Vomit

Module 2: Taking Control In A First Aid Situation

2.1 Minor problems vs emergencies

2.2 Assessing the patient

2.2.1 Circulation

2.2.2 Heart rate and pulse

2.2.3 Respiratory rate

2.2.4 Dehydration

2.2.5 Temperature

2.2.6 Signs of shock

2.3 Prioritize the most serious problems

2.4 Safe handling of patients in pain

2.5 Move out of harm’s way + stabilization

2.6 Call for help

Module 3: First Aid Techniques

3.1 Treating shock

3.2 Controlling blood loss

3.3 Cleaning wounds

3.4 Basic nursing

3.5 Bandaging

3.5.1 Bandaging materials

3.5.2 Bandaging techniques

3.5.3 Improvised dressings

Module 4: CPR

4.1 CPR flow chart (Emergency summary)

4.2 Respiratory arrest

4.2.1 Check for breathing

4.2.2 Giving artificial respiration

4.3 Cardiac arrest

4.3.1 Check for a heart beat

4.3.2 Give cardiac massage

4.4 Combined CPR

Module 5: First Aid A-z


Allergic reaction

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)

Asthma attack

Bite wound



Breathing difficulties

Broken bones (see Fractures)

Broken nail or claw


Carbon monoxide poisoning

Cardiac arrest

Chocolate toxicity


Collapse (patient conscious)

Collapse (patient unconscious)


Cuts, lacerations and wounds

CVA – Cerebrovascular accident [see Stroke]


Diabetic coma

Diabetes (unstable)






Eye injury

Fits [see: Seizure]


Food poisoning


Frostbite [see Hypothermia]

GDV – Gastric Dilation and Volvulus [see Bloat]

Giving birth [see Dystocia]

Heat stroke

Hemorrhage [see Bleeding]


Insect sting

Kittening (see Dystocia)

Lacerations [see Cuts]



Skin infections

Smoke inhalation


Snake bite

Straining [see: Urination or Dystocia]


Sudden swelling

Trauma (Road traffic accident)

Urination difficulty


Whelping [see Dystocia]

Wounds [See cuts]

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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Last updated November 11, 2019
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