Canine First Aid, Rachel Bean

Essential knowledge for dog owners and professionals. All participants will receive a certificate.

Close and personal tuition in a small group of maximum 12, real demo dogs, and real veterinary professional knowledge by a RCVS Veterinary Nurse. No PowerPoint! See below for more detail on the workshop content.

Date: 22 January 2017 (Sunday)

Location: Comfort & Nourish, Chobham, Woking, Surrey

Ticket price: £55. Please visit Enjoy Your Dog to check availability and purchase.

Rachel Bean RVN MCFBA, a veterinary nurse for 18 years, is experienced in dealing with accidents, emergencies and life threatening situations. She has been in Veterinary Practice for 18 years, six of which as a Head Nurse. She is a Registered Veterinary Nurse registered with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and qualified in 2002.

This length of time in frontline practice gives her the necessary experience in Emergency situations and how to deal with trauma, accidents and life threatening conditions.

Her Canine First Aid Workshops have been running regularly now for a number of years and as her reputation grows she is now the preferred tutor for The Canine Hydrotherapy Association and The National Association Registered Canine Hydrotherapists.

Rachel’s website: Rachel Bean


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Comfort & Nourish, 58-62 High Street, Chobham, Woking, Surrey, GU24 8AA

Parking is free at weekends in the Chobham Village Car Park (you might still need to take a ticket from the machine). Car park entrance is past Chobham Rider. Once you've parked, look for a footpath to your left as facing where you came from, it should be a one-minute walk to the High Street.

What to bring

This is a theory based course without dogs, except for two demo dogs. Please wear clothing you are comfortable to do practical exercises in.

Lunch will be your responsibility, but for those who would like to have lunch as a group (a great opportunity to network and share), we can book a table at The White Hart next door.

Topics covered

Introduction to First Aid
The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 – its boundaries and limitations.
Assessing a patient – A, B, C’s, pulse rates
Handling and restraint
Haemorrhage, arterial bleeds.
Wound classification, open and closed wounds
Insect stings
Poisons, symptoms, common toxins
Shock, hypovolaemic, vasculogenic, cardiogenic
Unconscious and collapse,
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Epilepsy, differential diagnosis, poisoning etc
Choking, stick in roof of mouth, opening a dogs mouth safely, Heimlich Maneuver
Fractures, cruciate ligament injuries, growth plate injuries.
Injuries to eyes, ears, nose, prolapsed eyeball.
Gastric dilation/bloat
First Aid Kits

Locating the femoral artery
Calculating a pulse rate
Emergency muzzling
Heimlich Maneover positioning
Bandaging fore paw
Bandaging hind paw
Pressure bandage of head/ears
Application of emergency tourniquet and its dangers
CPR – two sessions on CASPER model dog.


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