Large Animal Rescue Training to Return to EKU in 2011

First responders, emergency medical technicians, veterinarians, firefighters, and other emergency/rescue personnel are encouraged to register for one of the best annual training opportunities in the U.S. – the Technical Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training provided cooperatively by USRider and Eastern Kentucky University.

USRider and EKU first began offering this valuable training opportunity in March 2005 to educate fire/rescue personnel, first responders, veterinarians and horse enthusiasts about techniques and procedures to assist large animals involved in transportation accidents and other emergencies.

USRider offers a nationwide roadside assistance program designed especially for equestrians. Since its establishment in January 2002, the company has endeavored to raise awareness of the need for training in large-animal emergency rescue.

“We’ve found that while emergency responders are trained experts in human rescue and extrication, they usually have no training in large-animal rescue,” said Mark Cole, managing member for USRider. “Because of this lack of training, responders are being put at great risk. Moreover, in many accidents and disasters, animals without life-threatening injuries are being injured further or even killed by use of incorrect rescue techniques.”

Scheduled for April 15-17, 2011, the Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training is open to EKU students and the public. Taught by Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez, experts in large-animal rescue, the session will include 30 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training with live animals.

Instruction covers the use of sedatives and tranquilizers, chemical restraint, rescue ropes and knots, rescue from horse barn fires, mud rescue, helicopter rescue and water rescue, among other situations. Specially trained demonstration animals brought in to help provide realistic hands-on training during the seminars. The training, which consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training, qualifies each student to receive academic credit (FSE 489) for the class. Space is limited for the public, so those interested in attending are encouraged to enroll now by contacting Beth McCoy at EKU at 859-622-1051 or at beth.mccoy@eku.edu.

A demonstration on HAZMAT Decontamination of Large Animals, on April 14, will cover issues related to rescuing large animals that have encountered chemical, biological or radiological contamination. Local and state emergency preparedness officials are encouraged to attend. The HAZMAT demonstration is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact McCoy at 859-622-1051 or at beth.mccoy@eku.edu.

The Large-Animal Emergency Rescue Training is funded through the Large-Animal Rescue Endowment Fund, administered by USRider. Through its Leg-Up Fund, USRider has provided backing for numerous large-animal rescue initiatives, including equine ambulances and individual responder training. In 2005, the company took its efforts in a new direction by creating the first Large-Animal Rescue Endowment Fund at EKU. The unique endowment fund was established to promote large-animal-rescue training efforts and support related training programs.

Contributions to the Large-Animal Rescue Endowment Fund may be sent to the Division of University Development, CPO 19A, Jones 324, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Ky., 40475-3102. The Development office may be reached at 859-622-1583.

USRider Equestrian Motor Plan is a nationwide member-based organization providing roadside trailering assistance, including towing and roadside repairs for tow vehicles and trailers with horses, emergency stabling, veterinary referrals and more. For more information, visit www.usrider.org or call 800-844-1409.

Published on October 26, 2010