UF VETS Training

UF VETS offers a variety of training opportunities to better prepare first responders and animal owners for technical rescue emergencies. Our courses follow learning objectives for 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).

UF VETS Awareness Class

Awareness Level

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.

You may also complete the online version of the course in a self-paced, open enrollment format. The online version is recognized by the Florida State Fire College for 7 hours of Continuing Education credit.

Click here to register for the online Awareness Level Class  

Operations Level

Register here for our next Open Enrollment Class Feb. 19-21, 2020

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 hosting 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.

UF VETS Ops Class

Technician Level

UF VETS Tech Class

This is a 2-day, hands-on, intensive animal technical rescue training course that covers advanced small and large animal rescue equipment, techniques, and scenarios. At the end of the course, participants perform a mock technical rescue scenario using a realistic training mannequin. Skills developed in this course include helicopter rescue, advanced sling systems, high angle low-point edge transitions, pick-offs, and highlines.

This course has been approved by the Florida Department of Emergency Management. The Florida State Fire College has also approved the course for 16 hours of Continuing Education credits. Classes are capped at 20 participants to ensure safety and an intensive learning environment.

Low Angle Rescue Clinics

Smaller scale clinics can be designed to provide groups with safety practices and basic skill sets when dealing with downed large animals in low-technical situations. Our team can train skills for performing low-angle assists and relocating a downed animal on a rescue glide for groups that would like to be able to perform basic first response functions (great for farm employees, ranchers, equestrian centers, etc.). These opportunities do not meet NFPA requirements nor do they result in certification, but they can enhance human safety in common, low-tech animal rescue emergency situations.

UF VETS Low Angle Clinic

Upcoming Trainings

February 19-21, 2020 – OPEN ENROLLMENT – Operations Level – Florida State Fire College (Ocala, FL)

April 14-16, 2020 – Florida SART Sponsored* – Operations Level – Bay County (Panama City, FL)

TBD 2020 – Florida SART Sponsored* – Operations Level – Martin County

*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.

Contact: Brandi Phillips