ATR Training

UF VETS offers a variety of training opportunities to better prepare first responders and animal owners for technical rescue emergencies. Our courses are FDEM approved and compliant with the 2017 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1670 Standards for Search and Technical Rescue and the 2017 edition of the NFPA 1006 Job Performance Requirements for Technical Rescue. To schedule a training for your organization, please contact Brandi Phillips (727-735-5109).

Awareness Level Class

This is the foundation course for more advanced levels of our training program and suitable for first responders in fire, EMS, and law enforcement as well as veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and pet, livestock, and exotic animal owners. Participants will get an overview of the need for animal technical rescue, resources to activate, how to assist rescue teams, scene safety in animal emergencies, and common techniques and tools used in operations level responses.

This course is available in a live format for up to 40 participants as a one day, 8-hour training. This version is recognized for 8 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Florida State Fire College.


Operations Level Class

Our 3-day, hands-on, intensive animal technical rescue training course covers small and large animal rescue equipment and techniques using scenario-based training. Originally developed to support animal technical rescue teams in Florida’s seven domestic security task force regions, this training is available to all agencies/organizations interested in preparing for animal technical rescue emergencies. Training is delivered on location based on the host agency and through open enrollment at venues including the Florida State Fire College.

This course has been approved by the Florida Department of Emergency Management and FEMA. The Florida State Fire College also awards 24 hours of Continuing Education credits for this training. Classes are capped at 20 participants to ensure safety and an intensive learning environment.

Upcoming Trainings

January 11-13th, 2021 – Martin County – Operations Level – Florida SART Sponsored*

February 10-12th, 2021 – Bay County – Operations Level – Florida SART Sponsored*

March 26-28th, 2021 – Florida State Fire College – Operations Level – Open Enrollment (Registration Coming Soon!)

*Florida SART Sponsored courses are made possible with grant funding to provide first responders in particular regions the skills and ability to safely provide this type of response to their community. Registration for these classes is closed and limited to first responders, extension agents, and veterinarians.


Brandi K Phillips

Technical Rescue Branch Director
Phone: (727) 735-5109


University of Florida


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