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Veterinary Medicine

Pet first aid workshop April 3

March 17, 2010

Cat and dog owners are occasionally confronted with emergencies involving their pets such as insect bites, snake bites, wounds, and heat stroke. If you'd like to know what you can do to manage emergency situations to increase your pet's chance of survival, you will benefit from this pet first aid workshop being given by Colorado State University veterinary students on Saturday, April 3.

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Saturday, April 3
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road

Interested in learning what to do if a cat or dog is facing a medical emergency?

Colorado State University’s veterinary students are sponsoring a day-long workshop on first aid for cats and dogs. The program is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 at the University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 West Drake Road.

Range of emergencies addressed

“First Aid for Cats and Dogs” will cover handling a range of emergency situations including:

  • Safe transportation to a veterinary clinic
  • Overall safe pet care
  • CPR
  • Bandaging
  • Common poisons
  • Insect stings
  • Snakebites
  • Trauma
  • Heat stroke

While this class cannot replace emergency veterinary care, it does help pet owners manage emergency situations to increase the pet’s chance of survival before the pet arrives at a veterinary clinic.

The six-hour class is a combination of lectures and labs presented by CSU veterinarians and veterinary students. The class is sponsored by the CSU student members of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Register before March 20 for a discount

Registration before March 20 is $20; registration after that date and at the door is $25. People planning to register at the door should call (970) 214-0723 to ensure that space is still available in the class.

  • Registration forms (use the link titled, "First Aid Course" on the left side of the page)

Animal first aid kits will be available

Animal first aid kits also will be available as part of the class for $30. The kits include basic emergency gear including a guide for normal health measurements such as heart rates and temperatures for cats and dogs, along with items such as bandaging supplies and a thermometer.


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
E-mail: DellRae.Moellenberg@ColoState.edu