Large Animal Rescue Technician Level: Veterinary & First Responders

XTN088 – 36.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This course partnership between TEEX and TAMU VET and assumes the adherence to NFPA 1670 Awareness/Operations/Technician level standards for Animal Technical Rescue. The course is designed to meet the needs of responding to the different victims wherever possible and to incorporate appropriate sections of NFPA 1006 as needed.

This course covers situations involving confined space, below grade, low and high angle rescues. Techniques for each type are discussed and applied to a variety of scenarios that a responder is likely to encounter. A capstone experience at the end of the course requires that participants apply the knowledge gained throughout the course to a practice scenario involving a mannequin with limited assistance from the instructors.

The course will discuss the necessity and operations of the Incident Command System. Understanding how ICS works as well as its role in animal technical rescue situations, particularly those with multiple agencies responding is essential. The ability to employ ICS to a scene not only improves the speed and efficiency of the rescue, but also its effectiveness, as the order provided minimizes risk of death or injury to the rescuers and the victim as a result of miscommunications.

Rigging systems are also covered in depth, with special attention given to rope and knots, various types of equipment that are important to animal technical rescue, how to use anchors effectively, and the use of simple and compound mechanical advantage systems. Participants will be able to set up appropriate rigging systems for a given situation and have a general understanding of how the equipment functions.

Animal behavior and care are covered with respect to horses, cattle, dogs, and cats, as these species will likely make up the majority of animal technical rescue missions. Body language and positioning of both animals and humans are considered. Safety concerns are also addressed, as well as basic first aid for animals.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Participants Must Provide

  • a photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

Course Attire / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Level 5 (Rope Rescue) per the Student Safety Manual

Attendance Requirements

This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements.

General knowledge of ropes and knots, and rescue rigging.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • NFPA 1670 Animal Rescue Standards
  • Incident Command System
  • Ropes, Knots, and Equipment
  • Mechanical Advantage Systems (Simple & Compound)
  • Anchor systems
  • Securing and Moving Animals Low Angle/High Angle/Confined Space
  • Special Rescue
  • Large/Small Animal Behavior and Care
  • Role of the Veterinarian
  • Scenarios/Cap Stone

Suggested Audience

  • Veterinary Personnel
  • Fire and EMS
  • First Responders
  • Law Enforcement
  • Animal Control

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • 36.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • 36.00 hours – Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • 36.00 hours – State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)

Other Information

This course requires PPE Level 5 as described in the TEEX Student Safety Manual. All participants are required to follow this manual at all times.

You must wear regular work attire for training activities and classroom sessions.

You may not wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, or open-toed shoes to any class or field activity.

Annual School Information

A late fee of $50.00 will be assessed to payments made after the registration deadline for the Annual Fire Training School.

Class Limit: 20 Students

Class Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – finished

Contact Information

Emergency Services Training Institute
Phone: (979) 845-7641 | Toll-Free: (866) 878-8900
Email: [email protected]