K9 Down – Life-Saving Emergency Training to Protect Working K9s

K9 Down is a highly specialized program designed for professional working dog handlers and emergency rescue personnel – anyone who may respond to canine health emergencies in the field. The course is tailored for police officers, firefighters, medics, search and rescue teams, military dog handlers or other canine handlers with specialized training.

Online Course:

The course lectures will be available online in an attempt to accommodate even the busiest of schedules. A series of lectures will be presented on topics ranging from the normal canine physical exam to toxicities and heat exhaustion. You will need to complete each lesson’s quiz in order to obtain your Certificate of Completion. The course handouts and additional appendix items are available to download and keep for future reference in the field. Post questions and interact with other course attendees via the K9 Down Q & A Forum and Social Forum. Access to the online course will be issued once registration payment is received in full.

Skills Lab:

April 26-28, 2019 we will host the lab session that builds on the techniques taught in the online curriculum. Students will get hands-on experience of techniques using scenario-based training. The class will be split up into small groups rotating through different topics and scenarios throughout the day. Space is limited to 32 registrants for the lab. The online lectures and associated quizzes must be completed as a pre-requisite to attend the corresponding skills laboratory sessions. On Friday, April 26th, we will host an brief anatomy and course content review session in the evening from 5pm-7pm at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Registration for the K9 Down Lab closes on April 19th at 5pm.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Four Points by Sheraton Raleigh Arena. Click here to make your reservation online.

Online Lecture Topics

  • Online Course Lecture Topics Overview (Subject to Change)
    • Introduction to the Operational Canine
    • Physical Exam/Know Your Dog
    • Intravenous Fluid Therapy and Interventions for Shock
    • Restraint, Oxygen Administration, Respiratory Emergencies
    • Anesthesia/Analgesia
    • Wound Management/Penetrating injuries
    • Gastrointestinal Complications
    • Smoke Inhalation, Burns, and Heatstroke
    • Toxicities
    • Preparedness
    • CPCR/BLS
    • Point of Care Ultrasound

Laboratory Schedule (tentative)

  • Saturday April, 27, 2019

Techniques demonstrated: Physical exam, oxygen administration, restraint, catheter placement (A), bandaging, intubation (A), basic CPR, EKG, passing a stomach tube, and other stabilization techniques.  (A) indicates advanced laboratory session only.

Time Topic
0700 Arrival for Optional TIVA section Pre-Registration Required
0720-0900 TIVA
0900-0920 Introductions / Continental Breakfast
0930-Noon All Groups A-E - Physical Exam, Intubation, Catheterization Lab
Break (15 min)
1215-1330 Lunch (provided) / Course Review
1330-1500 Bandaging / CPR - Groups D + E Emergency Procedures -
Group A, B, C
1515-1630 Bandaging / CPR
Group A,B,C
Emergency Procedures -
Groups D, E
Break (15 min)
1645-1715 Closing Remarks / Guidelines / Hotwash

*speaker(s) and/or topic subject to change

  • Sunday April 28, 2019: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm 

Participants rotate through 3 stations of “scenario based” training. The stations include: 1) A scenario based toxicology session, 2) A models based smoke inhalation and CPCR session, 3) A models based blunt trauma scenario.  

Online Course Only 
Credit Card Only
Group Rate/3+ for $150 ea – enter the discount code “K9DGroup” at checkout. Additional participants can be added at checkout.


Online Course and Skills Lab (lunch included)
Check or Credit Card

Skills Lab Only (see course outline for prerequisites)
Check or Credit Card

Registration for the K9 Down Lab closes on April 19th at 5pm.

Click Here to view resources and to access to the latest Best Practices Guidelines for Canine & Feline Critical Care.

These guidelines are due to be published in the next edition of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care(JVECC), and they will be available as an Open Access article for 6 months post – publication. Please pass the word along as we all work together to improve the available care for these amazing animals.