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For Equine Vets Everywhere

Equine Rescue – what to do, and not to do, at equine emergencies

04 Sep 2017 09:30 - 17:00

BEVA/BARTA large animal rescue courses provide essential training in how to work with the emergency services as part of an equine rescue team.

BEVA has been at the forefront of developing (Large Animal) Equine Rescue procedures with the Fire & Rescue Services. BEVA is collaborating with BARTA (the British Animal Rescue & Trauma Care Association), to provide two one-day workshops in 2017 exclusively for BEVA Members. 

This second one-day workshop will take place on Monday 4th September. In preparation for the workshop, there will be an online eLearning element that will need to be completed before the full day workshop, consisting of 11 hours of learning in bite size pieces. The eLearning will commence, exactly 6 weeks prior to the workshop, on Tuesday 26th July. Please note, due to the online learning BEVA are unable to take bookings for this course after Friday 11th August 2017.

eLearning Tutor:
Laura Holmes MRCVS

Laura Holmes MRCVS
Adrian Knight - Hampshire Fire and Rescue

BEVA Member only: £350

BARTA Veterinary Large Animal Rescue - Level Two

BARTA VLAR 2 Qualification

Role Descriptor (VLAR-2)

Scope: Support the resolution of an incident involving animals by operating safely as part of a trained animal rescue team within the designated risk area.

Skills: Large animal veterinarians with a minimum of 6 months in practice trained in animal rescue techniques, procedures adopted for rescue situations and support rescue teams in providing triage, advice to inform the tactical plan, chemical control, pre hospital care and where required, euthanasia

Knowledge objectives: are gained through the BARTA VAR-1 and 2 training syllabuses, VAR-2 acquisition delivered by BARTA accredited Instructors made up of veterinary and Fire and Rescue Service Animal Rescue Specialists.

Main roles and responsibilities of VAR2 trained personnel

Liaise with FRS Incident Commander and Animal Rescue Team leader

1. Assess casualty animal, triage and determine immediate viability for the purpose of rescue
2. Discuss rescue options with the FRS AR Team Leader to include preferred extrication method, timescales, levels of expected stimulation, risk to rescuers and final destination
3. Give additional risk information if available and appropriate
4. Determine whether sufficient veterinary resources and support are available to complete the rescue
5. Provide robust chemical control to enable safe rescue to the pre-determined place of safety
6. Monitor welfare of the animal and risk to rescuers throughout
7. Closely monitor lifting or other transportation evolutions during rescue
8. Advice on Health and Safety implications such as identified zoonosis and other bio hazards
9. Provide advice and/or instigate post incident veterinary support to casualty animal/s
10. Participate in the FRS post incident hot debrief and provide feedback

Terms and conditions:

  • Cancellation more than 6 weeks prior to the start of the course: A refund will be made less a 10% administrative charge.
  • Cancellation less than 6 weeks prior to the start of the course: No refunds can be guaranteed, but if BEVA can resell the place a refund will be made less a 20% administrative charge.
  • Transfer of Delegate: Booked places can be transferred to another person. If the transferee is not a BEVA Member he/she will be liable for the difference between the Member and Non-Member delegate rates.
  • Insurance: All delegates must have appropriate liability and professional indemnity insurance.
  • Safety: Delegates must bring appropriate safety wear (coveralls, hard hats, boots etc) to courses involving practical sessions.
  • Data Protection: I understand that BEVA may pass my details to the organisers or sponsors of the courses unless I have specified otherwise.
  • Compliance: I am a qualified to undertake the procedures being taught, or I am in training for such a qualification, in which case I will make the organisers aware of my status.

By registering for this event, I confirm that I accept the above terms and conditions.

University of Liverpool Equine Hospital,
Chester HIgh Road,
CH64 7TE

Note: only online payments are accepted when booking via the website. If you do not wish to pay online please contact the office on 01638 723555