Veterinary nurses at Davies Veterinary Specialists organised and ran a first aid course for pet owners at the small animal referral practice at Higham Gobion, Hertfordshire last weekend (27 April).
It kicked off a series of events planned for Vet Nurse Awareness Month this May and the fully booked event gave cat and dog owners the opportunity to learn the principles of animal first aid while raising more than £400 for the Dogs Trust Freedom Project.
During the practical, educational morning registered veterinary nurses Danielle Banks and Nichole Neate discussed how to identify when something isn’t right with a pet and how to act in an emergency situation before getting to the vet. They explained the principles of first aid, wounds and bandaging and common problems encountered. Attendees were also given the chance to try their hand at bandaging and practice CPR on animal models.
Banks said: “The course was fully booked almost immediately which shows how keen pet owners are to learn about emergency first aid. Our 24 attendees were very engaged and really seemed to enjoy learning and putting their skills to the test in the practical session. Nichole and I are looking forward to running additional courses to help even more owners.”
Pet owner and attendee, Liz Ward, added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the morning and found it really educational and useful. I now do feel equipped to handle more situations and a lot more confident in my first aid skills. I would definitely recommend this workshop to pet owners.”
All funds raised from the first aid course have been donated to the Dogs Trust Freedom Project, which is Davies chosen charity of the year. The Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse.