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RSPCA calls for ‘mandatory’ first aid training for pet professionals

The organisations recently endorsed ‘The Safe Pets and People’ campaign, which aims to highlight the fact that currently, people caring for pets in a professional capacity do not have to hold a first aid qualification

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and other industry experts are calling for mandatory first aid qualifications for all UK pet professionals.

The organisations recently endorsed the ‘Safe Pets and People’ campaign, which aims to highlight the fact that currently, people caring for pets in a professional capacity do not have to hold a first aid qualification.

Alongside the RSPCA, The Groomers Spotlight and Street Paws, the campaign is led by provider the iPET Network.

Jocelyn Toner, head vet, RSPCA, said: “We advise that all professional dog walkers should have first aid training and we’d be supportive of any campaign to roll this out to include all individuals who work within the pet industry.

“Simple first aid skills could save a pet’s life or ensure an animal receives immediate care before they’re able to see a vet and we think it’s a wonderful idea that the Safe Pets and People Campaign wants all pet professionals – from groomers to breeders – to have basic first aid training.”

Rachel Bean, RVN and canine first aid course creator, added: “When we send our dogs to visit a professional, we are putting our trust in the staff that work there.

“I am so excited that the Safe Pets and People campaign is making this stand and campaigning for change. And I hope that others will join me in supporting this brilliant cause.”

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