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Introduction to Animal First Aid

Programme Description



Students studying this on-line distance learning module should gain an appreciation of the principles and practices of administering animal first aid and be able to describe first aid techniques for a variety of common conditions in a range of species; Explore methods of safely transporting sick and injured animals to the veterinary practice; and gain understanding of the legal duties and obligations associated with the administration of animal first aid.


Programme Features



Ten separate sessions of study, each session incorporating developmental structured activities to aid the distance learner in developing the underpinning knowledge and skills required to complete the assessments.

Access to high level on-line facilities at both Coleg Sir Gar and UWTSD for learning and research materials.

Students will have allocated tutor support and one to one set tutorials to aid students before they submit work digitally on-line.


Progression & Employment



The module would benefit anyone who owns animals or are aiming to work with animals. The knowledge and skills developed as part of this module would also reassure customers of any small animal business; groomers, kennel and cattery, dog walkers etc. That pets are safeguarded and could form part of recognised continued professional development for any employee of such businesses.

This module could be considered as an optional 20 credit module for the Higher Education Certificate in Animal Science if accreditation of prior certification is applied for.


Programme Content



  • The scope of first aid, including the legal considerations relating to the provision of first aid to animals.
  • Situations that constitute emergencies in a range of species.
  • First aid techniques for a wide range of emergency presentations,
  • Dressing specific wounds, preventing and managing wound infection.
  • How to approach and handle a sick and injured animal.
  • How to restrain, carry and transport injured animals.
  • Contents of an animal first aid kit.

Programme Assessment



Individual Poster Presentation and a written assignment.


Programme Entry Requirements



Entry will be granted to applicants who demonstrate the academic ability and potential to benefit from the module study, Students entering study will be considered if they have a Level 3 qualification or who have previously worked at a level 3 standard. Students need to be over 18 years old.

Mature students (over 21) will be considered on an individual basis as industrially relevant qualifications and experience can be taken into consideration.