Valuable training for first responders with working dogs from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Urbana, IL (WCIA)

Joining us is Dr. Caroline Tonozzi, a small animal emergency and intensive care resident veterinarian who heads that service at Veterinary Teaching Hospital, with details about their partnership with the Illinois Police Academy.

Here is more from the University of I Veterinary Teaching Hospital:

Late last month, Dr. Tonozzi provided continuing education at the Illinois Police Academy for officers pairing with a K9 officer. The training covered first aid, triage, CPR, administering naloxone for opioid exposure, and field injury management, including heat-related illness, hemorrhage, trauma, and an emergency life-threatening condition called bloat.

There was also a short session on canine dentistry from Dr. Katie Kling, a resident veterinary dentist.

Outside of COVID times, this is a one-day event, but last month’s training spanned 3 days, 4 hours per day, 20 officers per session. With COVID restrictions, we were limited on how to present the material, so it was delivered through a mix of power point and hands-on options for managers.

Our faculty has been providing these trainings for first responders with working dogs since 2017.

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Bette C. Alvarado