Large-Animal Rescue Training Scheduled at EKU

First responders, emergency medical technicians, veterinarians, firefighters, and other emergency/rescue personnel are encouraged to register for an upcoming training opportunity taking place in Richmond, Ky.: the Technical Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training provided cooperatively by USRider and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

USRider and EKU first began offering this valuable training opportunity in March 2005 to educate fire/rescue personnel, first responders, veterinarians, and horse enthusiasts about techniques and procedures to assist large animals involved in transportation accidents and other emergencies.

"We've found that while emergency responders are trained experts in human rescue and extrication, they oftentimes have no training in large-animal rescue," said Bill Riss, general manager for USRider. "Because of this lack of training, responders are put at great risk. Moreover, in many accidents and disasters, animals without life-threatening injuries are injured further or even killed by use of incorrect rescue techniques."

Scheduled for March 30 - April 1, 2012, the Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training is open to EKU students and the general public. Taught by Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, and Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, authorities in large-animal rescue, the session will include 30 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training with live animals.

Instruction covers the use of sedatives and tranquilizers, chemical restraint, rescue ropes and knots, rescue from barn fires, mud rescue, helicopter rescue, and water rescue, among other situations.

Specially-trained demonstration animals will be brought in to help provide realistic hands-on training during the seminars. The training qualifies each EKU student to receive FSE 489 credit for the class. Space is limited for the public, so those interested in attending are encouraged to enroll now by contacting Demita Kubala at EKU at 859/622-1051 or

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