Large Animal Rescue Awareness & Operations: Veterinary & First Responders

XTN087 – 20.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This course partnership between TEEX and TAMU VET and assumes the adherence to NFPA 1670-14 Awareness/Operations level standards for Animal Technical Rescue. The course is designed to meet the needs of responding to the different victims wherever possible and to incorporate appropriate sections of NFPA 1006 as needed.

Awareness level training prepares the participant to understand scene size-up, recognize the need for technical rescue, identify necessary resources and determine how to obtain them, demonstrate equipment identification, recognize the hazards associated with animal technical rescue, and know the methods for mitigating these hazards.

Operations level training prepares the participant to demonstrate skills of rope rigging to include hauling and lowering systems, demonstrate knowledge of rope related and animal related technical rescue equipment, edge protection, single and multi-point anchor systems, and to be able to perform simple assists, low angle lifts from a stable location, and rescue glide/patient transport packaging.

The course will discuss the necessity and operations of the Incident Command System. Understanding how ICS works as well as its role in animal technical rescue situations, particularly those with multiple agencies responding is essential.

Animal behavior and care are covered with respect to horses, cattle, dogs, and cats, as these species will likely make up the majority of animal technical rescue missions. Body language and positioning of both animals and humans are considered. Safety concerns are also addressed, as well as basic first aid for animals.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Participants Must Provide

  • a photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

Course Attire / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Level 5 (Rope Rescue) per the Student Safety Manual

Attendance Requirements

This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements.

General knowledge of ropes and knots, and rescue rigging.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • NFPA 1670 Animal Rescue Standards
  • Incident Command System
  • Ropes, Knots, and Equipment
  • Mechanical Advantage Systems and Anchors
  • Securing and Moving Animals Low Angle
  • Special Rescue
  • Large/Small Animal Behavior and Care
  • Role of the Veterinarian
  • Scenarios

Suggested Audience

  • Veterinary Personnel
  • Fire & EMS
  • First Responders
  • Law Enforcement
  • Animal Control

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • 20.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • 20.00 hours – Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • 20.00 hours – State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)

Contact Information

Emergency Services Training Institute
Phone: (979) 845-7641 | Toll-Free: (866) 878-8900
Email: [email protected]