K-9 Tactical Medicine Class

The K-9 Tactical Medicine Class is designed for anyone who is involved with K-9 units either as a handler, TEMS EMT/Medic/Physician, Law Enforcement Officer or Tactical Operator. The class is eight hours in length and includes lectures by Dr. Buford as well as hands on practice labs to show proper anatomical locations on the animals.  The lab section will let students break up into small groups and focus on identifying anatomical landmarks on the dogs as well as IV placement, airway management, emergency trauma management and bandaging.  Students will also receive a handbook outlining the course material.  A certificate of completion will also be issued at the end of the class.


Topics covered in the K9 Tactical Medicine Class

  • Accidental Drug Ingestion
  • Allergic/Anaphylaxis treatment
  • Analgesia and Sedation
  • Blast Injuries Flash Bangs
  • Burn Treatment
  • BVM usage
  • Cardiac Resuscitation
  • Drug Dosages and Routes
  • K-9 CPR
  • Defibrillation
  • Defibrillator use
  • Ear injuries
  • ETT sizing and securing
  • Heat Stroke / Exhaustion
  • Intubation
  • IV sizing, placement, and Access
  • Laceration Treatment
  • Paw injuries
  • Penetrating trauma
  • Poisonings
  • Positioning and muzzling
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Stability of Spine & Movement
  • Taking K9 Vital signs
  • Toxic chemical exposure

Tactical considerations:

  • K9 First Aid Medical Kit
  • Location of Emergency Veterinarian Hospital (24 Hours)
  • Emergency Evacuation of K9 Officer from the Scene
  • Flying your K9 with the local Aero Medical service during an Emergency
  • K9 Body Armor
  • Pre Planning of Tactical Operations for K9 usage


If your department is interested in attending or hosting a K-9 Medicine Class please contact us as Tacmed@otma.org .