Tampa FL: K-9 Down

  • Date: March 9, 2013 – March 10, 2013 @ All Day
  • Location: BluePearl Veterinary Partners
  • Address: 3000 Busch Lake Blvd Tampa FL 33614
Life-Saving Emergency Training
to protect working dogs


K-9 Down was developed to address the unique set of risks canine teams encounter in their work. While many course participants have training in human first aid and emergency life support, in the past the lives of some of these highly trained animals were lost because their human partners did not know how to correctly administer life-saving techniques. Space is limited to 40 registrants. The next BASIC COURSE is being offered in Tampa in March.

To review the curriculum for both the BASIC COURSE and the ADVANCED COURSE, click here.

REGISTER HERE for the basic course being offered in Tampa.

This two-day course is for police officers, firefighters, medics, search and rescue teams, military dog handlers or other canine handlers with specialized training. A series of lectures are presented the first day on topics ranging from the normal canine physical exam to toxicities and heat exhaustion. On the second day, the group is divided and assigned to one of two half-day sessions, which offer hands-on training in small group sessions.

This BASIC COURSE is offered at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital locations and at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The ADVANCED COURSE is offered only at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and is reserved for personnel who have previously attended the Basic K-9 Down Course and desire further training, or those who already have advanced medical training such as physicians, tactical medics, paramedics, etc. This advanced course is only offered at NCSU. Please click here to open the NCSU website for more information and to register for the advanced course.

Please direct questions about the curriculum and content to course coordinator Rita Hanel, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, at rmhanel@ncsu.edu. Dr. Hanel is clinical associate professor in emergency and critical care at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.