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Phone: 919.513.6421
Fax: 919.513.6689
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

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K9 Down

Life-Saving Emergency Training to Protect Working K9s

About the course

K9 Down is a highly specialized program designed for professional working dog handlers and emergency rescue personnel - anyone who may respond to canine health emergencies in the field. The course is tailored for police officers, firefighters, medics, search and rescue teams, military dog handlers or other canine handlers with specialized training.


Online CE: The course lectures will be available online in an attempt to accommodate even the busiest of schedules. A series of lectures will be presented on topics ranging from the normal canine physical exam to toxicities and heat exhaustion. You will be able to choose either the basic or advanced track depending on your professional development needs. You will need to complete each lesson's quiz in order to obtain your Certificate of Completion. The course handouts and additional appendix items are available to download and keep for future reference in the field. Post questions and interact with other course attendees via the K9 Down Q & A Forum and Social Forum.

Lab: On February 21, 2015, we will host a one-day lab session where you will get hands-on experience of basic and advanced techniques you learned in the online course. The class will be split up into small groups and placed into the basic or advanced labs depending on the course track completed. Space is limited to 32 registrants for both basic and advanced labs. The online lectures and associated quizzes must be completed as a pre-requisite to attend the corresponding basic or advanced hands-on laboratory sessions. Virtual office hours will be scheduled on a weekly basis 1 month prior to the lab.

Choosing a track:

The Advanced online course and lab includes advanced medical training. This is for personnel who have previously attended a K9 Down session and desire further training, or if you already have advanced medical training in your current profession (i.e., physicians, tactical medics, paramedics, etc.). This advanced course is only being offered at NCSU.


Registration for the online lectures only includes access to pre-recorded lectures and corresponding notes, and optional forum discussions and live chat sessions with the instructor to be announced prior to the lab session. Please contact our office for Group Rates.

Click Here to Register for the Advanced K9 Down Online Course.

Click Here to Register for the Basic K9 Down Online Course.

Registration for the online course + lab includes all of the above plus your spot in the next basic or advanced lab training session offered at the CVM. Lunch is also included. Registration for the 2015 lab is now closed.

Registration for the lab only is restricted to those who have taken the K9 Down course in the past, or have completed the online K9 course. Proof of prior attendance may be required. Registration for the 2015 lab is now closed.

Online Course Only: Per Individual: $200 // Group Rate (Please Call): 3+ for $150 ea / 10+ for $100 ea

Online Course + Lab: Non-Profit /Government Agency: $350 // Private organization: $450

Lab Only (pre-req: K9 Down Live Course &/or K-9 Down Online course): Non-Profit /Government Agency: $199 // Private organization: $250

Registration payment can be made with credit card or paid by check.

If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration within three (3) days, please check your spam file if you have one, or you may contact us at 919-513-6421 with any questions about your registration status.

Location & Lodging

The lab will be held at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at 1060 William Moore Drive, Raleigh, NC. A block of rooms will be reserved at the Ramada Inn Blue Ridge, 1520 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. This hotel is next door and walking distance to the the College. To make your reservation, please call 919-832-4100 and reference the group code GCK9DOWN. For information on other area hotels, visit our informative website.

ADA Statement

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in the activity, please contact to discuss your needs at least 30 days prior to the event.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be granted for notices received in writing or via e-mail seven days prior to the course. After that time, there will be a 25% cancellation fee. No refunds will be granted after the course has begun.

Online Lecture Topics


General Lectures for BASIC &


Introduction and Disaster Planning: Dr. Sheilah Robertson

Physical Exam/Know Your Dog: Dr. Rita Hanel

K9 Sick Call: Dr. Rita Hanel

Toxicities: Dr. Dave Dorman

Smoke inhalation/Burn wounds/ Hemostatics: Dr. Rita Hanel

GDV (Bloat): Dr. Brian Trumpatori

Wound mgmt/penetrating injuries: Dr. Meredith Kapler



Restraint, Oxygen, Transport: Dr. Sheilah Robertson

Intravenous fluid therapy & interventions for shock:

Dr. Rita Hanel

Fluid Therapy and hydration: Dr. Steve Marks


Restraint, O2, Transport: Dr. Sheilah Robertson

Anesthesia/Analgesia in the field: Dr. Sheilah Robertson

Heatstroke: Dr. Rita Hanel
CPCR/BLS: Dr. Rita Hanel

Laboratory Schedule
February 21, 2015


Techniques demonstrated: Physical exam, oxygen administration, restraint, catheter placement (A), bandaging, intubation (A), basic CPR, EKG, passing a stomach tube, and other stabilization techniques.  (A) indicates advanced laboratory session only. 

9:00am - 3:30pm

*speaker(s) and/or topic subject to change


Physical Exam Lab - Advanced

Drs. Robertson, Hanel, Marks, & Long

Models Lab - Basic

Drs. Kapler & Walton


LUNCH (provided)

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Physical Exam Lab - Basic

Drs. Robertson, Marks, and Long

Models Lab - Advanced

Drs. Kapler, Walton, & Hanel

NEW: February 22, 2015

Sunday (optional)

8:30am - 12:00pm

Participants will rotate through 3 stations of "scenario based" training. The stations include: 1) A scenario based toxicology session, 2) A models based CPCR session, 3) A models based blunt trauma scenario.