Canine First Aid Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

An estimated 92% of pets will experience some type of emergency situation during their lifetime, and up to 60% of veterinary visits are an emergency. Moreover, preventable accidents are the leading cause of death among pre-senior dogs.

Many people assume that if their dog becomes unwell or has an accident, the only option is to transport it to a vet. However, knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life or death, and can buy precious time until veterinary care can be provided. Take the Canine First Aid Course and you will be ready for an emergency should it ever happen.

This Online Canine First Aid course begins by familiarising you with the normal signs of a healthy dog so that when a dog becomes unwell, you can tell the difference. You will come to recognise indications of ill health in dogs, gain an understanding of when it is necessary to contact a vet and understand when emergency care is required.

Next, you’ll get to grips with some standard first aid equipment and products and learn about some of the risks associated with administering first aid to dogs. You’ll increase your understanding of canine safety in the home and become aware of common household items that can pose a risk to a dog’s health.

Dogs can be very good at hiding pain, so it’s up to us to be familiar with the signs that something is not right. You’ll learn how to recognise these signs, the risks associated with handling dogs experiencing pain, and how to safely handle and move a dog who is injured or in pain.

The Canine First Aid Course explains the reasons for bandaging, the principles of basic bandage selection, the many types of dressings and bandaging materials available and how to select the appropriate materials for the condition being treated. You’ll be shown how to apply bandages to the limbs, head, body and tail.

By completing this dog first aid course, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge of how to respond to common first aid situations and emergency situations concerning the eyes, nose and mouth. You’ll learn about disorders of the digestive tract and be aware of signs of poisoning and how to respond. You’ll understand the different types of shock, be able to assess and respond to different types of haemorrhage, determine types of fractures and be able to treat them accordingly and understand different wound types.

You’ll gain an understanding of canine pregnancy, including the length of gestation, how to assess different stages of labour, how to determine if there is an emergency situation, and how to resuscitate newborn puppies.

The primary skills of a first aider include the ability to assess a dangerous situation, ensure personal safety and to apply first aid in an accident situation. You’ll learn how to do these, deal with the outcomes and apply self-care. You’ll also learn about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), when and what aspects of CPR are required in a given situation and how to apply CPR methods.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Be able to recognise, assist and care for dogs in emergency situations
  • Know what to do in an emergency and administer first aid
  • Understand the difference between a healthy and unhealthy dog
  • Be able to assess risk and act in a safe manner
  • Know how to transport injured animals safely
  • Be ready to recognise and use first aid equipment effectively
  • Understand the importance of managing your own stress and self-care
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Healthy Dog and How to Check Vital Signs
  • Part 2: Indicators of an Unhealthy Dog and When to Call the Vet
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: First Aid Kits
  • Part 2: Safety in the Home
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Understanding Pain in Dogs
  • Part 2: Moving the Injured Dog
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: When to Apply a Bandage and Basic Bandaging Rules
  • Part 2: Bandaging Techniques
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Burns, Scalds, Hyperthermia
  • Part 2: Bites, Seizures and Paw Injuries
  • Part 3: Facial Injuries
  • Part 4: The Digestive Tract
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Shock and Haemorrhage
  • Part 2: Treatment of Wounds
  • Part 3: Fractures
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Pregnancy and Whelping
  • Part 2: Whelping First Aid Situations
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Part 2: The Techniques
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Managing the Scene of an Accident
  • Part 2: Road Accidents
  • Part 3: Self-Care
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Case Studies
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Equipping you with the knowledge you need to attend canine first aid situations and be able to carry out quick and comprehensive assessments, apply first aid techniques and manage safety aspects carefully, the Canine First Course is essential for every dog owner.

Those who work with dogs and, in particular, those who care for others’ dogs, should know canine first aid. Primarily so you know what to do in an emergency but also to instil confidence in those who are using your services.

We also offer various other Animal Care courses, including Canine Holistic Health and Canine Nutrition for those wishing to further expand their animal care knowledge.

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Accreditations

The Canine First Aid Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Many Centre of Excellence courses are Fully Accredited by the world’s leading professional membership association for natural medicine – The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA).

You can apply to join The CMA as a Student Member while you are still studying, and if you do so you will be eligible to use the post nominal letters SCMA after your name.

Upon graduation from a CMA Registered course you will be eligible to apply for CMA Membership and this will give you numerous professional benefits including being able to use the letters MCMA after your name – Member of The Complementary Medical Association. This will demonstrate your commitment to excellence and professionalism in the natural healthcare field.

Register with The CMA as a Student or fully qualified Practitioner via The CMA website where you will be asked to submit your certificate of graduation, and proof of insurance.

The CMA’s recommended insurers are Westminster global.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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In this Canine First Aid course, you will learn about common injuries and illnesses that can affect dogs, as well as how to respond in emergency situations (such as by performing CPR and controlling bleeding). The course also covers preventive measures and the appropriate supplies and equipment for a dog first aid kit. Upon completion of the course, you'll have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide effective first aid to dogs.

Yes! The Canine First Aid Diploma is an accredited Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points. Upon completion of your course assessments, you’ll receive 2 certificates: a certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course. It is fully accredited by the Complementary Medical Association (CMA): the world's leading professional membership for natural medicine.

Unfortunately this course is not available as an audio course.

Learning first aid for dogs can give you the ability to provide immediate care and potentially save a dog's life in an emergency situation. By knowing how to recognise and respond to common injuries and illnesses, you can help to prevent further harm and alleviate pain and discomfort for the dog. Additionally, this knowledge can help you to be a more responsible and prepared dog owner or caretaker.

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