I was certified in April of 2014 (expires April 2016) by the Pet CPR and First Aid 8hour course by PetTech. There are several different times, dates, places it’s held and instructors who teach you. Mine was held in one of the Classrooms at Foothills Animal Shelter, it cost $89 and my instructor was Dawn Olsen.
She was a great instructor, friendly, competent, and passionate. She owns the Ken Karl Pet Spa, teaches several different classes for your and your dog, and I’m pretty sure she even does more than that (I’ll give you a link at the bottom for her site) so obviously she has a love for animals.
The class teaches you restraining and muzzling, rescue breathing, canine and feline CPR, choking management, bleed and shock management, assessing vitals, insect and snake bite/stings, heat and cold injuries, and that my friends is only a small fraction of what you’ll learn.
Parts of the class are lectures (not the kind your mom gave you but the kind your professor gave you) and other parts are hands on so you really leave the class feeling educated and prepared. Err.. I guess rather as prepared as you can be if any of those scary scenarios were to happen.
You are given a small booklet and some handouts that you can refer to after you’ve ben certified. Which is great for me because there is no way I’d be able to remember all of the 8hours worth of education I retained for a whole two years with out a little refresher.
8hours is a long time for one class but you get breaks every now and then so your butt doesn’t completely fuse to your seat and time actually goes by pretty quick.
There were probably only around 15 people in my class including pet owners, pet sitters, and future vets, all ranging form the age of 18 to 60 so this class is for anyone and everyone.
I am happy to say I have yet to use this class for any serious purposes (knock on wood,) I’ve just used it when a dog I was sitting got a bee sting (don’t worry he was all good he just looked a little funny for a few hours) and I’ve checked my dogs pulse when they weren’t acting like themselves.
It’s nice to have al little piece of mind that God forbid something were to happen I wouldn't be completely helpless.
One thing you’ll want to have, certified or not, is PetTech’s “Pet Saver” app. It has info like tips, poisonous items, and CPR steps. Note: this app does not substitute the class it’s merely a helpful tool. DO NOT try CPR if you are not certified!
In my opinion this is one of the most important things you can do to be a great pet owner. Especially when you go on adventures like we do! Please, please look into getting certified!
Here's the PetTech course link!
Dawn Olsen's Website