Essential Life Support and CPR for Pets

Essential Life Support and CPR for Pets


Level 2 Vocational Training Qualification (VTQ). Delivered in accordance with Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and advice from registered Veterinary surgeons

  • This course is partly funded by Adult Education Cambridgeshire
  • Venue  location map below

This course can also be delivered on site, subject to our risk assessment.

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About this course

Learn basic first aid for your pet, to assist them and prevent them from getting worse, before professional help is given by your vet.

Our furry friends can be very curious and unfortunately accidents do happen. Just as it is important to provide food, attention, and toys, it is also important to be able to help your pet in an emergency situation. This Basic pet first aid course focuses mainly on domestic dogs, with some references to cats and other small animals.

An Interactive, 4 hour, practical course taught in a fun and friendly environment, delivered by First Aid and Companion Animal Professionals. Suitable for those working with animals or just curious responsible pet owners. Upon successful completion students will receive a detailed First Aid Manual, and certificate of attendance.

We also deliver this Essential Life Support and CPR for Pets course to local Homeless charities for free, please get in touch for further information. If you are working professionally with animals our longer CPD certified advanced courses may be more appropriate.



Responsible and curious pet owners.
For those who work in any capacity with animals we recommend one of our longer CPD certified, or TQUK endorsed courses.

Course topics

What is pet first aid?
Pet first aid and the Law
The vet and your role in first aid
Limitations of pet first aid
Foundational knowledge
Checking your pet's health and understanding what is normal
Different breed and sizes of dogs/cats
How dogs/cats show pain
The older pet, puppies, kittens and young animals
Keeping yourself safe
Breathing and respiratory problems
Drowning and treatment
Spinal injury and moving an injured pet
Dressings and bandages
Pet first aid kits


An informal assessment takes the form of continuous observation by the trainer.
We do not want you to be daunted by this prospect. It is our job to ensure you understand and retain the knowledge. This is what we do best.


Students will receive a wall mount certificate of completion which specifies the core learning objectives.

Additional information

Accessibility: Please contact us in advance if you have any accessibility questions or requirements.

On the day: Important Information 

If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of the Coronavirus disease, please do not come to the training. Instead, stay at home and follow the advice on the NHS website

Call us on 07880 542663 if you need to postpone and we will arrange an alternative classroom date.

We have worked hard to make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy the course despite social distancing and new non-contact ways to teach.

What to expect and how to prepare for your classroom training:

  • On arrival, you will be allocated everything you need for the course. Because this is a socially distanced delivery throughout
  • You may wish to bring a notebook for any additional notes
  • Do wear comfortable clothing as this course has an element of physical/ practical activity.
  • If it is suitable weather and the learners are all in agreement, some of the training may take place outdoors.
  • You will need to bring some Photo ID to the classroom (required for funded training courses).
  • If you do not have any pet first aid kit please do not purchase a pet first aid kit until after the training as we will cover how to make your own using items found in your home, and the most suitable additions for your specific requirements.
  • If appropriate, we encourage you to check the status of your current animal first aid kit. Please also bring these along to the course. If this is not applicable to your circumstances, do not worry, we will go through this during the course.

If you are running late or have any issues on day of the course, please contact your trainer. You will be notified of their name and mobile number by email prior to the training.


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