BARTA’s Animal Rescue Instructor course will equip delegates with the underpinning practical knowledge and resources required to deliver training and assess students in rescue techniques required of an intermediate level Large Animal Rescue Team, within your organisation.

Intermediate level teams have the skills to resolve the majority of large animal rescue scenarios (not requiring advanced skills or equipment for animal, task or environment).

Upon completion, delegates will have the ability to implement initial acquisition and maintenance of skills training in manual and mechanical rescue methodology and demonstrate how to apply these techniques within a range of environments.

Key areas of learning include:

  • Hazard identification and managing animal and environmental risks
  • Equipment familiarisation, operational advantages/disadvantages and maintenance
  • Large animal anatomy and rationale for rescue technique choice
  • Operational considerations for the casualty centred rescue
  • Implementation of team roles and underpinning knowledge
  • Safe systems of work, organisation of equipment and relationship with hazard zones
  • Manual Stropping Techniques; restricted and unrestricted space methodology
  • Rationale and techniques for improvised strop introduction
  • Options for Time Critical techniques where persons are trapped with a large animal
  • Philosophy of lifting; advantages and disadvantages of lifting devices
  • Mechanical Lifting techniques; rescue and medical suspension
  • Considerations for rescues from; transportation; structures; entanglement; unstable ground

BARTA Re-qualification Criteria

To maintain an instructor qualification and have continued access to BARTA instructional resources, accredited instructors must: 

  1. Deliver a minimum of 2 internal training sessions per year (Initial acquisition or MOC)
  2. Successfully complete a BARTA Re-certification course every 2 years (1 day)

Module Details:

Duration: 5 days

Location: BARTA Training Facility, Buckinghamshire UK


  1. Operational or training team members who are deemed competent in role to Responder and/or Team Leader level
  2. Candidates must be qualified to provide training within their organisation and have good working knowledge of; Lesson plans, risk assessment, exercise planning, briefing and debriefing

Available dates:

  • 15th – 19th January 2024 (full)
  • 29th April – 3rd May 2024 (spaces)
  • 9th – 13th September 2024 (spaces)