First Aid for Pets

Be prepared for pet emergencies: build a first aid kit + learn what actions to take for a range of traumas and diseases.
  • Lectures 12
  • Video 1 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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Course Description

This course is run by our veterinarian, Dr Katherine, and will equip pet owners with the basic knowledge they need to help their pets in emergencies. It includes a series of explanatory videos, demonstrations with the one and only Delilah the Pitbull, and printable instructions for assembling your own pet-friendly first aid kit at home. We've thrown in a few quizzes to help with learning, too! Dr Katherine will conduct live sessions to take questions and respond to comments about the material. Please note that this is not intended to replace veterinary advice and you should always seek veterinary attention in case of emergency.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic cat and dog handling skills
  • Participants need to be comfortable around pets
  • Understand basic anatomy (where the chest, nose, throat are located)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 12 lectures and 33 mins of content!
  • You'll learn how to identify and respond to different types of emergency scenarios; how to safely handle your pet when they are injured; and how to build your very own pet first aid kit
  • By the end of the course, you'll have the confidence to know how to best help your pet in case of an emergency

What is the target audience?

  • Pet owners


Section 1: Build Your Own Pet First Aid Kit

Learn what essential items to include in your pet's first aid kit.

Items for your first aid kit
3 questions
Section 2: Safe Ways to Handle Injured Pets

Learn how to handle injured animals in ways that minimizes further hurt, or danger to you.

The do's and dont's of handling injured animals
4 questions
Section 3: Responding to Emergencies

Give your pet the best chance of survival by learning how to respond to a range of emergency conditions and symptoms.


Give your pet the best chance of survival by learning how to respond to a range of emergency conditions and symptoms.


Give your pet the best chance of survival by learning how to respond to a range of emergency conditions and symptoms.

Symptoms: seizures and choking
Symptoms: collapse, shock, and heatstroke
Poisonings and inappropriate ingestions
What to do in case of emergency
8 questions
Section 4: Poisonous Food and Household Items

Know which foods can be toxic to pets and save trips to the emergency clinic!


Know which common household items can be dangerous for pets so you can keep them out of trouble!

Food and household items to avoid
6 questions

Instructor Biography

Dr Katherine is a veterinarian, and director of Animal Consultants International. She has worked as a veterinarian in various mixed and small animal practices, including the RSPCA, as well as a veterinarian for the Victorian state government in Australia. She has also trained local veterinarians surgical skills and vaccination programs abroad, and performs veterinary outreach services for the homeless at VetSOS, and the Pryor Foundation, working with underprivileged youth.


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    • Brian Kasper

    Well done!

    Dr. Katherine van Ekert Onay, gives a very educational course, even though it's a little short; it covers many topics for animals health and safety.

    • Kristie Middleton

    Great content, knowledgeable source

    This info is vital for any pet owners. The course content was really helpful -- I took notes and learned a lot. Dr. van Ekert Onay is really knowledgeable about the subject matter and presents the information in an easy to understand way.

    • Mark Middleton

    Excellent so far

    It's really helpful to have a course like this to be prepared to help your pets in the case of an emergency or if you can't reach a veterinarian in time. I like how Dr. van Eckert Onay communicates clearly and concisely, and demonstrates what she is talking about on her assistant Delilah.

    • Heather Van Tress Poindexter

    Very easy to understand and very valuable information

    Thank you Dr. Katherine and Delilah. This course has been a big help to me and my puppies. There is so much I don't know and with puppies, which get into everything, it is very important to know what can happen and what to do if something does happen. Great idea and thank you again!

    • Flora Charles

    Review of First Aid for Pets by Dr Katherine

    This is brilliant. I loved Dr Katherine's clear speech and professional presentation. The information was perfectly pitched to pet owners and Delilah did a great job of looking cute and tolerating that muzzle! More please!

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