AVC to Offers Large Animal Emergency Rescue Course

The University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) will be offering a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) course for veterinarians, emergency responders, horse owners, and rescue organizations, July 5-7. The course is being organized by AVC ambulatory veterinarian Erica Koch, DVM.

Course instructors Tomas Gimenez, DMV, and Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, have taught TLAER across the United States, and in the U.K., Australia, and Colombia, but this is the first time that they will teach in Canada.

"TLAER is not disaster medicine, and it is not only field medicine," says Tomas Gimenez. "Participants learn practical techniques for safely rescuing live large animals from entrapment situations like trailer wrecks, ditches, mud pits, and barn fires."

The course is designed for emergency responders such as firefighters, police and rescue teams, as well as animal rescue organizations, and large animal owners and transporters.

Koch says the course also includes education about animal behavior, which is important for nonveterinary emergency responders.

"Large animals like horses and cattle are 'flight' animals," she says. "A responder may not know that horses rescued from a burning barn may try to run back into it. To the horses, the barn is their 'safe' place even though it's on fire."

While the course primarily covers livestock and horses, the techniques are applicable to emergency situations involving zoo and exotic animals, and commercial livestock, and animal cruelty investigations. The course instructors use specially trained animals to demonstrate rescue techniques used in a variety of emergency situations.

For more information or to register for the TLAER course, please click here, or contact Koch at 902/393-6104 or ekoch@upei.ca. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the course, please click here, or contact Catherine Daley, AVC Development Officer, at 902/566-6001 oredaley@upei.ca.

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