Monthly Archives: March 2020

Training for Surrey Veterinary Students

BARTA teamed up with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service to help prepare over 100 Surrey University final year veterinary students for the challenges they will face when dealing with animals at emergency incidents. Veterinarians are often called to help emergency services deal with the animal component of many situations they face, which could be fire, flood or other type of rescue. Awareness training like this gives vet students an appreciation of the way emergency responders operate and how the vet fits in to the team. They also learn how the approach to a trapped animal is very different from everyday clinical work. BARTA veterinarians provide guidance on how to adapt veterinary skills to tackle the challenges within an evolving aspect of veterinary medicine. Despite very wet conditions students had the chance to practice internationally recognised techniques used to move large … Continue reading

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Oxygen therapy training for emergency responders

BARTA have launched new guidance for emergency service responders who regularly support pets caught up in fires and other traumas. Whilst the intention is always for animals to see a veterinarian as soon as possible, immediate lifesaving actions are often delivered by first responders. In recognition of this, BARTA are developing protocols to support national operational guidance through collaboration with veterinary critical care experts and animal behaviourists, plus end users such as the National Fire Chiefs Council technical group for animal rescue. To view the training go to: Oxygen therapy is the first package to be released and coincides with the charitable activities of Smokey Paws, a Community Interest Company dedicated to enabling first responders to give the best care possible to the nation’s pets. Smokey Paws have provided fire appliances across the country with oxygen therapy masks for … Continue reading

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