Pet CPR and First Aid Course Info

How we teach

Our classes are hands-on and based on real world experiences. You can't watch a video or click through an anonymous website and expect to learn lifesaving techniques. Our pet CPR and first aid classes are designed to be fun and engaging while learning the serious business of saving a pet's life. There are cheap and fast online pet CPR classes out there. Your Veterinarian didn't learn it that way. You shouldn't either. 

What we teach

Here's a sample of what you'll learn in class:

  • Recognize and react to an emergency situation
  • Safely restrain and muzzle an injured animal
  • Assess injury to an animal and formulate an emergency treatment plan
  • Take vitals and recognize signs of distress
  • Initiate and sustain cardiopulmonary respiratory resuscitation (CPR)
  • Recognize and react to seizures
  • Recognize and reduce a choking
  • Control bleeding through proper bandaging techniques
  • Immobilize broken bones for transport
  • Treat for shock
  • Recognize and react to household and environmental poisoning 
  • Build your home or facility First Aid Kit

Who teaches our classes?

Dave Grooms is a pet care professional who owns and operates the Oak Brook Kennel Club. He is a former US Army Officer and PetTech™ Instructor. Dave has taught hundreds of caring pet parents, pet care professionals - groomers, walkers, sitters and more. He's trained rescue and foster groups as well as fire fighters and search and rescue teams. Dave serves on the Board of the Hinsdale Humane Society

For pet parents

It's unfortunate, but calling 911 won't work in a pet emergency. YOU are the first responder. You'll need to start emergency treatment and transport your pet to a Veterinarian. Most pet emergencies happen at home, at the dog park or just walking around the block.  How you react in the first few minutes of an emergency may save your pet family member's life. 

For pet care professionals

Give your customers peace of mind knowing that you and your entire team are trained to recognize and react to an emergency. Having a trained and competent staff is also a differentiator in a crowded marketplace. Promote your status as a trained facility with trained staff on your website and in social media. 

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the source of content for your classes?

A: We are a licensee of PetTech™. PetTech is the first international training center dedicated to CPR, first aid and care for dogs and cats. We use PetTech's handbooks and our instructor was trained by PetTech. 

Q: I see a lot of different CPR videos on the internet. What do you teach?

A: The protocols we teach are contained in the Journal of Veterinary and Critical Care, released in June 2012. This document prescribes the number and rate of compressions, hand positioning, breathing rate, etc. These are the same techniques taught to Vets and Vet technicians. 

Q: What makes your class different from the others I see out there?

A. First, an online quickie course will teach the basics, but there's no substitute for hands on, personalized instruction. PetTech is the partner of choice for many pet care professional organizations including: the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, the International Boarding and Pet Services Association and Pet Sitters International. Most importantly, choose an Instructor who's trained hundreds of pet parents, pet care professionals, rescue groups and first responders. Experience counts.

Q: Do you offer discounts for large groups? Will you come speak to our students or civic organization?

A: Yes. Give us a call to discuss it in more detail. We love to visit schools and community organizations. 

Q: Why do I need to renew every two years?

A. Protocols change. We learn and adapt to new techniques and experiences from the field. Just like your human CPR certification, ours needs to be renewed every two years so that you stay current.

Q: I took the course from another instructor and it's time to renew. Can I take the class from you?

A: Of course. You may renew your training through any PetTech instructor. We offer classes monthly at our own facility. That makes finding and scheduling a class super easy and convenient.