About The Program

This course is designed to teach effective pet first aid for emergencies, early detection, common medical conditions and preventative care for dogs and cats. While this course is very comprehensive it does not replace regular Veterinary visits or emergency care.


  • Preventative Medicine
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Vital Signs
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Airway Obstruction
  • Shock
  • Wound Care
  • Eye/Ear Injuries
  • Bone/Joint Injuries
  • Foreign Objects
  • Poisoning
  • Safe Restraint and Transport
  • Parasites
  • Burns
  • Heat Stroke
  • Frostbite
  • Hypothermia
  • and more…

You will be taught how to administer emergency care prior to transporting the animal for Veterinary care. Work with live dogs (when available) or stuffed cats and dogs while practicing techniques. Practice real life scenarios, play interactive games, and review instructional videos.

The course was originally developed by Nurse Ethne Dickinson of Oakland Educational Services Ltd. and her team of Veterinary professionals in 1993. Walks ‘N’ Wags has been offering Pet First Aid Courses since 2003.

The course curriculum is approximately 8.5 hours. 10 hours in total, breaks included.

We offer two different course formats:

One day: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm, includes breaks.

Two day: one evening 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and the following day 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, includes breaks.

Private courses are available for a minimum of four participants or more. For further details please Contact Us

Certifications are valid for three years.

Course fee is $160 CAD (tax included)