With 62 per cent of Australian households owning at least one pet, [1] there’sno denying that pets play a big role in the lives of Australians. For many,these furry friends are more than just a pet, they’re a part of the family andtheir health is extremely important.

In the summer months, pets are exposed to higher risk of injury from snake andspider bites, dehydration and even sunburn. To ensure that pet owners areequipped with the essential tools to react effectively when emergencysituations like this occur, TAFE NSW Richmond will deliver a TAFE PlusStatement in First Aid/Medication Techniques for Pets Seminar on 16 November.

The one day course will cover the basic first aid techniques needed to care ofpets in an emergency. Participants will also learn how to prepare a pet firstaid kit, correctly bandage a wound, perform CPR and learn how to react in thefirst few minutes of an incident, which could help save a pet’s life.

TAFE NSW Head Teacher Animal Studies, Rebecca Coventry said, “There are morethan 24 million pets in Australia[2] and each one plays a big role insomeone’s life. When a pet gets sick it has a ripple effect on its owners andthe loss of a pet is always devastating.

“This course is designed to provide pet owners and people working in theindustry with a range of skills that they can use on their pets when they’reill or emergencies arise. They’ll learn how to correctly medicate a pet, applyear and eye drops, how to look after diabetic animals, the correct way torestrain animals and how to administer CPR.

“Knowing how to act in those first few minutes when your pet is injured orunwell can be crucial, so it’s important that all pet owners are educatedcorrectly.”

A recent study in America found that a third of parents surveyed said thattheir pet was their favourite child and that 67% said their pet was their bestfriend[3]. You’d learn first aid for your child and your best friend, now it’stime to learn it for your pets.

To find out more about this short course visithttps://www.tafensw.edu.au/course/-/c/c/162-29038V01/TAFE-Plus-Statement-in-First-Aid-Medication-Techniques-for-Pets-Seminar or call 131 601.

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