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K9 Down: Combat Casualty Care

  • Columbia Police Department: Regional Training Center 5001 East Meyer Industrial Drive Columbia, MO, 65201 United States (map)
Wikimedia K9 West Midlands Police UK

Wikimedia K9 West Midlands Police UK

Combat Casualty Care for the Working K9 (1 Day)

This course trains personnel who work with emergency services dogs. This is much more than a first aid course and is facilitated by a tactically-trained veterinarian. We will work through medical emergencies and traumatic incidents that pose life threats for our K9 partners. 

This course is for:
K9 officers and handlers, USAR and rescue team members, all EMS responders.


Topics include

  • Logistics and Planning
  • Contents of a K9 Medical Kit
  • How to Safely Restrain a Working Dog
  • Risks in Handling an Injured Animal
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Hemorrhage Management and Control
  • Airway and Respiratory Management
  • Thoracic and Gastric Trauma
  • Poisoning and Anaphylaxis
  • Shock, Dehydration, Environmental Issues
  • Injuries to Paw Pads
  • Orthopedic Fractures

Equipment required

  • Knee pads for groundwork
  • K9 Aid Kit for Review (Optional)

Note: You are not required to bring your working dog with you. If you do bring your dog, you must have the proper vehicle and kennel to accommodate K9. Most of our hands-on skills and physical assessments will be performed on the working dogs that our faculty will bring.