ITC First Aid for Dogs

This short (2 unit) qualification is regulated by SQA Accreditation & certificated by ITC First. 

This qualification develops techniques into skills and provides essential knowledge covering regular occurrences with dogs that may or may not require a visit to the vet.


Whether on a long journey or a day out with your four-legged friend, this “ITC First Aid for Dogs” course should help your trip go without any problems as it provides tips on how to prevent emergencies and information that will allow you to recognise and deal with any situations should they occur. This ITC First, certificated course complies with The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, updated August 2016 in respect to the treatment of animals by unqualified persons. The RECOVER 2012 guidelines and The Animal Welfare Act 2006. We will not only teach you dog first aid skills but also give you confidence to deal with real life scenarios. Most of all you will have fun learning with fellow like-minded people.

Course Content:

  • Know your dog
  • Vital Signs
  • Weekly Health Checks
  • Managing an Incident
  • Restraints & Carries
  • Choking
  • CPR
  • Drowning
  • Bleed Injury
  • Shock
  • First Aid Kits
  • Illness
  • Medical Conditions
  • Burns
  • Poisons
  • Bites & Stings
  • The Effects of Heat & Cold


The course is suitable for dog owners, trainers, groomers, walkers & pet boarders. This course is also recommended for people who work with dogs as part of their employment such as, security officers etc.

We do not practice first aid on real dogs as it may provide undue stress to the animal. We use the latest resources and training aids which will make your course a very hands-on experience.

This course covers first aid for dogs, but the skills learnt can be used with all small mammals, including cats and rabbits.


  • 6 Hours typical delivery time
  • Course notes/handouts + full coloured manual based upon current best practice in UK and USA
  • Progressive, practical, contextual skill development
  • ITC produced and SQA Accreditation regulated certificate with a valid lifetime of 3 years


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