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Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine Offering Large Animal Emergency Response Course


Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a two-day continuing education course in large animal emergency response in January to teach technical emergency response through interactive classroom activities and hands-on training.

The course, scheduled for Jan. 11-12, is approved for 14 hours of continuing education credit through the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and the Alabama Fire College.  Licensed veterinary professionals attending from other states will also receive continuing education credit. Online course registration is through the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Continuing Education. Cost of the course is $85 prior to Dec. 18 and $95 after that.

Taught by Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, an internationally recognized expert on the topic and author of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, the training will prepare attendees for safe and successful outcomes in large animal emergencies.  Several veterinary medicine faculty – including Dr. Misty Edmondson, Dr. Aime Johnson, Dr. Jennifer Taintor, Dr. Amelia Munsterman and Dr. Julie Gard – will be conducting wet labs using a variety of species including equine, bovine and small ruminants.

The course is sponsored by Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine student chapters of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Association of Bovine Practitioners as well as Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine student chapter of the AAEP. 

The course will feature an introduction to emergency and disaster preparedness for large animals; basic concepts of large animal emergency and disaster rescue; an understanding of large animal behavior; and containment and restraint of large animals.  Also to be covered will be agro-terrorism; foreign animal disease and hazmat issues related to large animals; emergency decontamination; and critical medical concerns.

Several scenarios will be discussed including fires – barn, wildfire and trailer fires – as well water rescues, unstable ground and surface ice rescues.

“The outcome of overturned trailers, animals trapped in wells, barn fires, and other large animal emergency situations can rapidly progress from scary to life threatening,” said Dr. Jennifer Taintor, faculty advisor to the Auburn student chapter of the AAEP.  “Ensuring that veterinarians are equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage these cases is vitally important to the safest possible outcome. 

“Likewise building relationships with first responders and providing them education about animal behavior and approaching and handling large animals is a key component in managing these scenarios safely and humanely.”

Participants will learn to perform maneuvers for handling a trapped large animal using an equine mannequin.  “Practicing safe extraction techniques and identifying and working with appropriate equipment is paramount to the safe and successful removal of trapped and down animals and determine the outcome for the animal and responders,” she added.

First responders and veterinary professionals lacking large animal or small ruminant experience will have the opportunity to learn how to safely approach, restrain and handle live animals both contained and running at large. Those participants with more large animal experience will learn proper methods for casting a cow and calf.

Other topics to be covered include proper methods of stabilizing a horse with a broken limb, applying bandages and practice moving the horse with the bandage as well as learning to apply a belly wrap.

More information on technical large animal emergency response can be found online at  To register for this course, visit