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Pet First Aid Courses with the PDSA

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Did you ever do a first aid course on people?   Well, now you can do a Pet First Aid Course with the PDSA.

The PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity.  It’s got a network of 48 pet hospitals, and it provides treatment for millions of poorly pets who are sick and injured and who belong to people in need – there are criteria you need to meet to have your pet seen to by the PDSA.

The PDSA also promotes responsible pet ownership.   And one of the things they are doing is running Pet First Aid Courses!  

Pet First Aid Course

The main focus of the training is to help you identify when something isn’t right with a pet and then how you can act accordingly in an emergency situation before you get to a vet.  The course also looks at how you can prevent  some emergencies happening in the first place. 

  • Recognising normal for your pet
  • Heatstroke
  • Bandaging
  • Bloat
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Choking
  • Resuscitation
  • Being prepared

These take place around the country and you can find a list of pet first aid courses here.   They are delivered by the PDSA’s Community and Education Nurses, using some theory work, group discussion, case studies, video examples and practical exercises.  You can test your knowledge afterwards by completing an online quiz – you’ve got 7 days and 3 goes to pass the quiz and then a course certificate will be emailed to you.

Find a Course Near You

The course is free but not surprisingly it’s very popular so the PDSA have introduced a £5 admin fee for booking. 

Please note - due to the increase in demand for their Pet First Aid courses, the PDSA have had to introduce an administration / booking fee of £5.00 per person (that’s non-refundable & non- transferable) (Including VAT)

You can also sign up online for their Free Pet First Aid Guide

Why not take out Pet Insurance with the PDSA and help support them that way?  It’s one way they raise funds to continue providing free vet care to the UK’s most needed pets and to promote responsible pet ownership.  Find out more here


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