Upon completion of the course, you will be able to access your continuing education certificate. Follow the procedure given to you by the organization for which you are seeking continuing education credit. Organizations that accept this Pet First Aid course include CCPDT, IAABC, and NADOI.
The teacher and creator of the course is DMV Bobbie Conner. Dr. Conner’s credentials are as follows:
- Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI – 2003-2007
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI – 1999-2003
- UF-CVM Teaching Academy member, 2016 – current
- ACVECC Exam Committee member, 2016 – current
- Admissions Committee member, 2013 – 2016
- ACVECC Residency Training Committee member, beginning 2012 – 2016
- University of Pretoria Internship Committee member, 2011-2012
While a "hands-on" component of the course can be beneficial, even a top-of-the-line CPR manikin dog is a poor example of the actual feel of working with a real animal. Many in-person CPR courses actually used stuffed animals to do demonstrations on. Since no specialized equipment is necessary to do a hands-on portion, you are able to any hands-on component of the course at home.
The best hands-on component of the course you can do is to actually practice the non-invasive treatments with your pet (NOT CPR or the Heimlich maneuver) if they are willing and cooperative. In addition, finding the physical landmarks shown in the videos on your pet’s body, establishing and noting normal behavior for your pet, and putting together a pet first aid and disaster preparedness kit will do a far better job of preparing you for an actual emergency than compressing on a stuffed animal in a classroom.