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NC State Holds 4th Annual “K-9 Down” Lifesaving Program for Working Dog Handlers

North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is offering a “K-9 Down” seminar on Feb. 7 and 8 as part of a national program that instructs working dog handlers and rescue personnel in life-saving procedures for their canine partners.

The two-day seminar – designed for police officers, firefighters, tactical medics, search and rescue  personnel, border patrol agents, and military dog handlers – involves one day of intensive classroom
instruction and a second day of hands-on experience with dogs in a laboratory environment to gain emergency treatment skills.

Participants will learn how to protect their dogs from health hazards and how to provide emergency treatment when their dogs suffer from smoke inhalation, burn wounds, heat stroke, hypothermia, gunshot wounds, poisoning, broken bones, internal injuries and other issues.

“This is our fourth year of ‘K-9 Down’ seminars, and they are always well attended,” says course organizer Dr. Rita Hanel, a clinical assistant professor of emergency and critical care medicine at the CVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “The participants appreciate how critical this training may be to the health of their dog.”

In addition to Hanel, CVM instructors for the North Carolina seminar include Dr. Steve Marks, a clinical associate professor of critical care and internal medicine; Drs. Brian Trumpatori and Angela Parker, both
residents in small animal surgery; Dr. Dave Dorman, a professor and associate dean who specializes in veterinary toxicology; and Dr. Alison Clode, an assistant professor of veterinary ophthalmology.

For more information or to register, visit the Web at

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