Call us on +44 (0)1276 608500
FREE UK Shipping over 36 kilos
Trade Customers - Sign up today!
Breeders Club - 30% off food orders

Back to Top

Swipe to the left

First Aid Course - with the UK Blind Veteran’s Association

By Natural Instinct 2 years ago 3543 Views

We were lucky to have qualified veterinary nurse, Rachel Bean, in again to run her fantastic Frist Aid Course with the UK Blind Veteran’s Association.

Former DogsTrust Assistant Manager and Head Nurse; Rachel Bean, is a listed qualified Veterinary Nurse registered with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Her many years of frontline practice have given Rachel the necessary experience in emergency situations and how to deal with trauma, accidents and life threatening conditions.

Rachel’s Canine First Aid Workshops have been successfully running for a number of years now and as her reputation has grown, she has been named as the preferred tutor for The Canine Hydrotherapy Association, The National Association Registered Canine Hydrotherapists and The Soi Dog Foundation Shelter in Phuket; Thailand, to name but a few.

Her courses are an exciting way of learning how your dog's body works and what to do in the first instance if your dog is injured or has an accident.

You will learn:

  • How to stem bleeding by applying a pressure bandage
  • Practical bandaging on real dogs - paws, head and ears
  • Identify the signs of poisoning
  • To understand the emergency of a gastric torsion (twisted gut)
  • Resuscitation (CPR)
  • How to deal with choking
  • What to do if your dog is having a seizure


Kev Alderton, a member of the Blind Veteran Association says, “Dogs play a huge part in our lives as we know, but for some of our members Guide Dogs provide a life changing lifeline to leading an independent life after sight loss.  Given that our staff has such frequent contact with Guide Dogs and their owners, both in their homes and in our centres around the country, we were really keen to ensure that our staff had the knowledge and confidence to cope with any unfortunate incidents that may occur.  

During the training we learned how to manage and deal with those all so common incidents that our dog’s get themselves into – this included Choking, Bleeding, Insect Bites & Stings, and of course CPR.  Although I have done a fair bit of human First-Aid in the past, I was really surprised how similar the trauma management was, which make learning and remembering so much easier.  Our Trainer (Rachel) was extremely knowledgeable, and the whole learning experience was simply amazing.

This initiative has been so successful for our staff that we are now considering how we could extend this training to our blind Ex-Servicemen/Women. Natural Instinct have been wonderful to our team, and we are very much looking forward to working with them more in the future.”

We loved having Rachel and the UK Blind Veteran’s team in and look forward to welcoming them again in the future. 

Share and Enjoy
Post your comment

Natural Instinct