Continuing Education Classes for Credit

Canine Basic Life Support (BLS)

The Canine Safety Program runs under the direction of Dr. Kat Croteau, DVM.  The FSDS offers a full Canine Safety and CPR class, designed to safeguard the lives of working dogs and pets in our community.  It is recommended for all individuals who are teamed up with working dogs, individuals who work with dogs and pet owners. This comprehensive, six hour training program offers basic training on a range of topics including:

  • Puppy-proofing your home or work environment
  • Selecting safe treats and toys
  • Heat and cold related emergencies
  • Bites and stings
  • Poisoning emergencies
  • First Aid
  • Choking emergencies
  • CPR

This course is open to all individuals ages 8 and older, regardless of physical abilities.  For individuals who are interested in receiving Instructor Training, or Advanced Life Support Training, this course is a prerequisite.  FSDS Instructors are available to come to your work site, school, or organization to run a class on site for you.

The FSDS uses life-sized canine manikins with pulses and working lungs in order to provide our students with a realistic training experience.  The cost of this training is only $75 per person in-County, and $90 per person outside of Maricopa County, with a class size of 12 students.

Canine Advanced Life Support (ALS) Workshop

The FSDS offers this four hour workshop as an introduction to paramedic level pre-hospital canine life support training.  This course is recommended for individuals who work with dogs or are emergency first responders in the community. Examples of such individuals include, but are not limited to paramedics, police officers, firefighters, nurses, veterinary technician and doggie day care workers.  We recognize the value of dogs in our community and in our lives, and realize that there are cases where aggressive pre-hospital emergency care can make the difference between life and death.  The FSDS has partnered with a local veterinarian to ensure that our training meets the current standards of care that are established by the veterinary community.  The Advanced Life Support Course includes training on:

  • Canine anatomy and physiology


    Board VP Dr. Wayne Svoboda DVM works with students using our state of the art heart and breath sound simulators.

  • Introduction to canine pharmacology
  • Administration of IV fluids
  • Advanced airway management and intubation
  • Aggressive trauma intervention

Pre-requisite:  FSDS Canine BLS Certification

Course information:  The FSDS uses a life-sized critical care manikins, and state of the art equipment to acquaint students with the basics of intubation and IV administration. Students are given ample opportunity to practice and develop skills, under the expert guidance of a practicing veterinarian.

AZ POST Continuing Education Credits

The following courses have been determined to qualify for AZ POST continuing education credit:

Canine Basic Life Support (6 CEU hours) – this course focuses on prevention of common illness and injury, as well as first aid and CPR certification, and is recommended for K9 handlers, Animal Control Officers and all other personnel who have a likelihood of encountering animals in the course of their duties. Prerequisite: none

Canine Advanced Life Support Workshop (4 CEU hours) – this course is an introduction to advanced lifesaving skills such as IV’s, intubation, recognition of heart and breath sounds and emergency medications. Prerequisite: Canine BLS.

Service Dogs and the Law (3 CEU hours) – this class is designed to provide officers with an understanding of different types of service dogs, and the laws as they pertain to these dogs. Distinctions are also made between service dogs and other types of working dogs such as therapy dogs, companion animals and facility dogs. Recommended for all officers. Prerequisite: none.