Large-Animal Rescue Training Scheduled at EKU

The training is scheduled for March 30-Apr. 1, 2012 and will take place in Richmond, Ky.
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First responders, emergency medical technicians, veterinarians, firefighters, and other emergency/rescue personnel are encouraged to register for an upcoming training opportunity taking place in Richmond, Ky.: the Technical Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training provided cooperatively by USRider and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

USRider and EKU first began offering this valuable training opportunity in March 2005 to educate fire/rescue personnel, first responders, veterinarians, and horse enthusiasts about techniques and procedures to assist large animals involved in transportation accidents and other emergencies.

"We’ve found that while emergency responders are trained experts in human rescue and extrication, they oftentimes have no training in large-animal rescue," said Bill Riss, general manager for USRider. "Because of this lack of training, responders are put at great risk. Moreover, in many accidents and disasters, animals without life-threatening injuries are injured further or even killed by use of incorrect rescue techniques."

Scheduled for March 30 – April 1, 2012, the Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training is open to EKU students and the general public. Taught by Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, and Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, authorities in large-animal rescue, the session will include 30 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training with live animals

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