A new one day training course focuses on giving first aid to gundogs at field trial events

Out in the field dogs can potentially face leg, paw and joint injury, eye injuries, soft tissue wounds and penetration wounds, heat stroke, seizures and cardiovascular problems.

To counteract this, the Kennel Club and veterinary specialists, Dick White Referrals are offering a new training course on Saturday 11th July in Suffolk.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Whilst injuries in working gundogs are rare in the field, this first aid course will enable owners and handlers to be prepared should an accident happen.

“The course is designed to provide solid background knowledge, both theoretically and practically, on how to treat various injuries in dogs and will be extremely useful for those who take part in working gundog activities.

“When a dog is injured, immediate attention and treatment can be crucial and the Kennel Club and Professor Dick White of Dick White Referrals wanted to offer a comprehensive training course to enable this.”

Attendees will also be taught how to manage pain and apply bandaging and other dressings and at the end of the course delegates will receive a first aid certificate for field trial events.

The training course covers:

  • Aetiology, complications and management of common orthopaedic injuries, including joint injuries, sprains, dislocations, fractures, nail injuries, muscle and tendon injuries, and long bone and vertebral fractures.  This section is presented by John Houlton, MA VetMB DSAO DVR MRCVS Diplomate, ECVS, European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, a specialist in veterinary orthopaedics.
  • Aetiology, complications and management of common soft tissue wounds, including incisional wounds and avulsion wounds, penetration wounds (such as bites and stick injuries), snake bites, abrasive wounds, firearm wounds and boar wounds.  This section is presented by Professor Dick White, BVetMed PhD DSAS DVR FRCVS Diplomate, ACVS Diplomate, ECVS ACVS, European & RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, a specialist in veterinary soft tissue surgery.
  • The collapsing dog, including heat stroke, seizures and muscular causes, cardiovascular causes.  This section is presented by Simon Tappin, MA VetMB DipECVIM-Ca CertSAM MRCVS, European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine, a specialist in veterinary internal medicine.
  • Common eye injuries, including corneal lacerations/penetration, corneal foreign bodies, blunt trauma, proptosis, eyelid lacerations.  This section is presented by Claudia Busse, Dr. med. vet., CertVOphthal, DipECVO, European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology, a specialist in veterinary ophthalmology.
  • Analgesia for first aiders, managing pain. This section is presented by Enzo Vettorato, DVM PhD CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, a specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia.
  • Practical session, including first aid for fractures, bandaging for common wounds and preventing self-trauma.  This section is presented by Tessa Croucher, FdSc VN cert ECC RVN, a nurse training coordinator.
  • Assessment, which includes 20 multiple choice questions and a practical bandaging assessment.

The cost of the course is £40, which includes lunch and refreshments and it takes place at Dick White Referrals, Six Mile Bottom, Suffolk.

Those interested should post their contact details and a payment cheque made out to Dick White Referrals, to Dick White Referrals, Station Farm, London Road, Six Mile Bottom, Suffolk, CB8 0UH, by Monday 6th July 2015.

First aid is not a replacement for veterinary treatment. Owners or handlers should still seek veterinary advice for any injury affecting their dog.