Canine First Aid and CPR

Canine First Aid and CPR


Level 2 Vocational Training Qualification (VTQ) 4 hours CPD time credit conformation. Delivered in accordance with Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and advice from registered Veterinary surgeons

Tailored or bespoke canine courses also available.



About this course

Learn essential first aid for your dog so you are ready to help them no matter what situation they get into.

The course fee includes a student manual, and ‘Canine CPR Trained’ car/window sticker, as well as access to regular refresher training videos, Canine CPR posters, and an extensive library of resources. These additional resources ensure your knowledge remains current.

We are really proud of out 5 star Pet First Aid Courses, (as rated by our students!) An Interactive, 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. For a shorter course please see our Essential Life Support and CPR for Pets Essential Pet First Aid course.

This is also a great Petworking opportunity. We have seen many dog walkers/ pet sitters share experiences and ideas. New connections and friendships are also created on many of our courses.

All our animal classroom content, is verified by practising veterinary surgeons. Pet first aid supports your vet and is not meant as a replacement.
If you have specific queries in addition to the syllabus please let us know prior to the course so we can arrange to discuss these afterwards.

We often deliver bespoke canine course on-site for national house and pet-sitter clients or small groups who are usually very happy to have a couple more too. We are careful that class sizes stay small in order for participants to have the best possible learning experience.

Alternatively why not schedule your own course and we can come to you with animal CPR manikins and training materials, at a time that is convenient. Min 5 students, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and North London.


Curious responsible dog owners
Dog Groomers
Dog Walkers
Pet Sitters
Canine Crèche
Pet stores
Dog Trainers
General Canine enthusiasts
Charity workers

Course topics

Objectives “Certified Canine First Aid course” include understanding, recognition, safe response, or appropriate first aid in reference to the list below.

• What is Pet First Aid?
• Pet First Aid and the law
• Pet First-aider roles and responsibilities
• The vet and your role in first aid
• Limitations of Pet First Aid
• Monitoring health, vital signs
• Prevention, restrains, barriers, safety
• Brachycephalic syndrome
• First aid kit contents
• Drowning, respiratory conditions and choking
• Canine and feline CPR
• Hypovolemic shock
• Broken bones and spinal injury
• Minor injuries. Ears, eyes, mouth, paws, tail
• Bites, stings, allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, poisons
• Seizures and epilepsy
• Burns
• Hypothermia, hypermedia
• Bloat and GDV

Additional extras or tailored learning
Please contact us about attending a longer (full day) Advanced Canine First Aid Course. New for 2020. We can also tailor courses to include Human First Aid and CPR based on your own business or work environment and risk assessment. These courses can be delivered proceeding an animal First Aid course and include relevant topics such as dog and cat bites.

Canine Diabetes
Travelling with your pet
Fly strike
Cushing ’s disease
Coughing and kennel cough
Use of Muzzles. Baskerville Muzzle
Collecting a urine sample
Near and Secondary Drowning
Septic Shock
Neurogenic shock
Inducing Vomiting in a dog
Human First Aid – Tailored for your needs.


Assessment usually takes the form of continuous observation by the trainer and or written assessments.
We do not want you to be daunted by this prospect. It is our job to ensure you understand and retain the knowledge you are being assessed on. This is what we do best.


Successful candidates will receive a wall mount certificate. If you are a business or pet professional your certificate can be used as evidence for CPD time credits (if applicable), to prove your continuing professional development when you have finished your training.

Certificates are posted within 7 working days of the course and are valid for three years.

Regulated Qualifications
This qualification is also available with an Endorsed Certificate from TQUK, for an extra charge if required. The Bridge First Aid offer Regulated and endorsed qualifications through TQUK who are Ofqual registered. The assessment and administration criteria to be undertaken for a regulated certification carries a small extra certification charge of £10 per delegate.

Please visit our course accreditation page to learn more.

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, Full PPE is optional, and included in the course cost.
  • 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 a level 3 qualifications).
  • 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 and your accident report forms. 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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