Vicenza Veterinary Clinic Hosts K9 Injury Care Course | Item
VICENZA, Italy – Staff at the Vicenza Veterinary Treatment Facility recently combined forces with combat medics from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and managers from the 535th Military Working Dog Detachment in Caserma Ederle, Italy, to conduct casualty care in canine tactical combat training.
The students consisted of combat medics, military dog handlers, animal care specialists, and veterinary food inspectors from across the U.S. Army garrison in Italy.
The purpose of the course was to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to administer immediate medical assistance to military working dogs that are injured in a hostile threat environment.
Captain Anna Jiang, veterinarian and manager of the Vicenza Veterinary Treatment Facility organized the very first training course.
“The goal was to enable combat medics to transfer their existing medical skills to canine patients in order to better understand their basic anatomy and vital signs,” Jiang said. “They also performed physical exams to determine how to properly sort an injured dog. The K9 course is essential first aid training for combat medics.
The course combined didactic classroom instruction with hands-on training, including airway obstruction, tracheal intubation, tracheostomy, and injection of pain relievers.
“In order to train in invasive procedures, they used a K9 HERO device which is a full body medical training dummy,” Jiang added.
According to veterinary experts, the HERO is a K-9 simulator built to mimic a Belgian Malinois and provides life-saving critical task simulation. The manikin has special features, which can be changed using a remote control, including adjustable pulse, bleeding trauma sites, airway for endotracheal tube placement, training site IV and a chest that goes up and down with ventilation.
Jiang said cross-training of combat medics is key to ensuring a high standard of resuscitation care for military working dogs as far away on the battlefield as possible.
“Veterinary teams are rarely present at the point of injury,” Jiang said. “Instead, first responders are usually the real combat managers and medics. It is our responsibility as vets to do everything in our power to teach Army medics how to sort working dogs to maximize their survival until they can receive veterinary care. final.