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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
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    About the course

    Your pet is yelping in pain or in shock. You want to help her but do you know how? Our course will guide you through the basic first-aid skills to help animals.

    You’ll also be able to step in and save lives by knowing how (and when) to correctly perform CPR.

    Be the one to take control in an emergency situation

    When accidents happen or in an emergency, many people panic or freeze. Someone needs to take charge. To assess how serious the problem is and what needs to be done.

    You can be the one to help animals in their hour of need. This will help to ease their pain and could save their life.

    Our pet first-aid certificate course has lots of practical advice about what to do if your pet is injured. You’ll even know what to put in your pet first-aid kit so you’re always ready to deal with any situation.

    Know how to check vital signs

    You'll be able to assess the patient or patients. Look out for signs of shock.

    Know how to take their temperature, check their heart rate and pulse.

    All these are vital clues as to how serious the problem is and will definitely help the vet if you need to call one.

    Basic first-aid techniques to master

    Many animals are adventurous, which can lead to accidents. They could fall while out playing. Or eat something nasty they found on the street. Or get run over.

    With our course, you'll master first-aid techniques for treating injured pets such as cleaning wounds, bandaging techniques and controlling blood.

    Your calm presence will reassure the animal and you'll be able to ease their pain as quickly as possible.

    When and how to perform CPR

    Knowing how to perform pet CPR could be a matter of life and death. If your pet isn’t breathing or you can’t find a pulse, the sooner someone can perform CPR the better for him or her.

    By studying the steps of pet CPR in our course, you’ll be able to step in to resuscitate an animal should the need arise.

    First-Aid directory from allergies to wounds

    It’s alarming to think of how many occasions an animal puts itself at risk. And the number of ways he or she can become injured or harmed.

    Our A-Z of first-aid lists many of the problems you could come across such as chocolate toxicity, bite wounds, breathing difficulties and skin infections.

    Handy online pet first-aid course is always available

    Our first aid and pet CPR certification online course will help you know what to do if your pet is injured. As it’s online, you can study any time, anywhere.

    You can take this pet first-aid course with you wherever you are as it’s available on your phone or tablet. You never know when you might need to refer to it.

    What you will learn

    • Your decisions can make the difference between life and death - literally - so anyone who lives or works with animals should be familiar with these nursing skills
    • Keep calm in an emergency by knowing the basic first aid to look after your pets the best you can
    • Pets have accidents so know the best way to treat them to ease their suffering as quickly as possible
    • As well as learning first-aid techniques and CPR, you’ll be given an A-Z directory of common conditions which may require first aid
    • You’ll know what to do and what not to do after an incident
    • You’ll know how to correctly handle injured pets
    • To be prepared with a fully-equipped first-aid box for any scrape your pet gets into
    • What to do if an animal’s heart stops or she isn’t breathing
    • To assess the problems, prioritize emergencies, handle patients in pain and take control
    • By knowing what to do and how to treat a wide range of symptoms, you will be confident you are doing the best you can for the animals in your care


    Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Be Prepared
    • 1.1 First Aid Equipment
    • 1.2 Register with a Vet
    • 1.3 Practical First Aid Experience
    • 1.4 Safe Use of Medications
    •  1.4.1 Speak to a vet
    •  1.4.2 Safe medications for pets
    •  1.4.3 Medications for dogs
    • 1.5 The Safe Way to make a Pet Vomit
    Module 2: Taking Control In A First Aid Situation
    • 2.1 Minor problems vs emergencies
    • 2.2 Assessing the patient
    • 2.2.1 Circulation
    • 2.2.2 Heart rate and pulse
    • 2.2.3 Respiratory rate
    • 2.2.4 Dehydration
    • 2.2.5 Temperature
    • 2.2.6 Signs of shock
    • 2.3 Prioritize the most serious problems
    • 2.4 Safe handling of patients in pain
    • 2.5 Move out of harm’s way + stabilization
    • 2.6 Call for help
    Module 3: First Aid Techniques
    • 3.1 Treating shock
    • 3.2 Controlling blood loss
    • 3.3 Cleaning wounds
    • 3.4 Basic nursing
    • 3.5 Bandaging
    • 3.5.1 Bandaging materials
    • 3.5.2 Bandaging techniques
    • 3.5.3 Improvised dressings
    Module 4: Cpr
    • 4.1 CPR flow chart (Emergency summary)
    • 4.2 Respiratory arrest
    • 4.2.1 Check for breathing
    • 4.2.2 Giving artificial respiration
    • 4.3 Cardiac arrest
    • 4.3.1 Check for a heart beat
    • 4.3.2 Give cardiac massage
    • 4.4 Combined CPR
    Module 5: First Aid A-z
    • Abscess
    • Allergic reaction
    • Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
    • Asthma attack
    • Bite wound
    • Bleeding
    • Bloat
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Broken bones (see Fractures)
    • Broken nail or claw
    • Burns
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Chocolate toxicity
    • Choking
    • Collapse (patient conscious)
    • Collapse (patient unconscious)
    • Constipation
    • Cuts, lacerations and wounds
    • CVA – Cerebrovascular accident [see Stroke]
    • Dehydration
    • Diabetic coma
    • Diabetes (unstable)
    • Diarrhea
    • Dislocation
    • Drowning
    • Dystocia
    • Electrocution
    • Eye injury
    • Fits [see: Seizure]
    • Fever
    • Food poisoning
    • Fractures
    • Frostbite [see Hypothermia]
    • GDV – Gastric Dilation and Volvulus [see Bloat]
    • Giving birth [see Dystocia]
    • Heat stroke
    • Hemorrhage [see Bleeding]
    • Hypothermia
    • Insect sting
    • Kittening (see Dystocia)
    • Lacerations [see Cuts]
    • Poisoning
    • Seizures
    • Skin infections
    • Smoke inhalation
    • Shock
    • Snake bite
    • Straining [see: Urination or Dystocia]
    • Stroke
    • Sudden swelling
    • Trauma (Road traffic accident)
    • Urination difficulty
    • Vomiting
    • Whelping [see Dystocia]
    • Wounds [See cuts]


    Who is this course for

    • Everyone should take this course. You never know when you might see an accident involving animals and you’ll want to be in a position to help and not be a bystander
    • All pet owners who want to be able to deal with minor accidents and incidents as well as life-threatening situations
    • Everyone who handles animals at work who wants to act confidently, correctly and quickly to any incident
    • If you love animals and will do anything for them, you need to take this course as it could be a life-saver

    How will it help me

    • You will help injured or distressed animals to get treatment as fast as possible
    • Broaden your knowledge so you can recognise symptoms, treat them and take care of more issues at home, so less stressful vet trips
    • Deal with emergencies and accidents through your knowledge of first aid and CPR, which will also help you deal with unusual situations
    • Show potential clients or employers that you’ve taken the time to study an accredited course to help animals

    Career path

    • Surrogate carers, animal trainers, pet sitters and anyone who works or volunteers with animals can learn better techniques for controlling and looking after them
    • Studying an accredited course will give professionals a competitive advantage over their rivals
    • Certification will prove to employers that you are serious in your wish to land a dream job with animals
    • Your first-aid training could set you thinking about continuing your training to be a veterinary assistant or other professional position where you help animals

    We've proudly trained thousands of dog lovers and pet parents from around the globe. Will you become the next addition to our community? Do it for you and for your pets! They'll thank you for it


    Certification details

    • Holly and Holly and Hugo is a professional company with an international team of experts, including veterinary surgeons, compiling the courses
    • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students our commitment to high standards of online education
    • We are also a recognized member of the CPD Certification Service
    • Our CPD accredited courses will count towards your CPD hour records. Through Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CE), individuals show their commitment to gain new skills to contribute to their personal and professional development, improve their job prospects, enhance and evolve in their career
    • At the end of each module there is an exam to pass to make sure you have fully taken in each stage
    • The modules are easy to understand and, therefore, easy to remember
    • You can revisit the material for a refresher if you want to look something up
    • Once the course is completed, all modules saved and exams passed you'll get a pdf certificate
    • You will be also eligible to apply for an ICOES hard copy certificate
    • The courses are designed to be easy to use without the need to download material
    • Should you need any assistance, we have a help centre available in your student area 24/7 or you can contact our awesome Customer Support team during the working hours