Kentucky Large-Animal Rescue Training Session Scheduled

First responders, emergency medical technicians, veterinarians, firefighters, and other emergency/rescue personnel are encouraged to register for the Technical Large-Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) Training, provided cooperatively by USRider and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

USRider and EKU first began offering this 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 often times have no training in large-animal rescue,” said Bill Riss, USRider general manager. “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, the TLAER Training is open to EKU students and the general public. Instructors will include Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, and Rebecca Gimenez, PhD—authorities in large-animal rescue—and 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 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

The Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training is funded through the Large-Animal Rescue Endowment Fund, administered by USRider. In 2005, the company took its efforts in a new direction by creating the first Large-Animal Rescue Endowment Fund at Eastern Kentucky University. The unique endowment fund was established to promote large-animal rescue training efforts and support related training programs.

Contributions to the Large-Animal Rescue Endowment Fund can be sent to the Division of University Development, CPO 19A, Jones 324, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Ky., 40475-3102. The Development Office can be reached at 859/622-1583.

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