Large Animal Rescue Class


This class, entitled “Technical Large Animal Rescue and Emergency Patient Management,” is designed for veterinary students. We debuted this course at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2014.

This course provides an overview of the most important aspects encountered in large animal emergency rescue through lectures and an immersion-learning environment to allow students to have a practical, hands-on understanding of technical rescue. These skills are not only beneficial during emergency rescue situations but can also be utilized in daily practice to increase the safety of staff and patients.

Course topics include:

UW Veterinary Students Technical Rescue

UW Veterinary students learning large animal technical rescue

  • Large animal rescue (LAR) history, concepts, community outreach, preparedness, traditional response, and issues surrounding traditional response
  • How LAR ties into Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Individual LAR roles, including veterinarian, animal control, fire, law enforcement, state, county, owner, animal care giver, public, and media
  • Personnel protection equipment and other equipment
  • Approach and arrival to scene: size-up situational awareness and work zone
  • Animal behavior: flight zone; senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing; understanding large animals in distress; reactions: fear, flight, herd mentality
  • Specific rescue techniques: forward, backward and sideways assist, rollover in confined and unconfined space, lifting for rescue and medical suspension, trailer, mud, ice, water well/hole extractions
  • Veterinary specific issues: triage, medical management, euthanasia (emergency issues & firearms)
  • Containment, and adaption of emergency response equipment
  • How to integrate concepts into daily work/practice: loading and unloading patients, standing v. rescue glide.
  • Hazmat/decontamination techniques, foreign animal disease/general disease outbreak

Hands-on practical learning includes:

  • Utilization of equipment (rescue knots, emergency halter, vertical lift tie)
  • Techniques for rolling, assists, lifts
  • Loading/unloading patients
  • Bundling, rescue glide
  • Mechanical advantage system, live horse containment
  • Rolling/righting a trailer
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