CPR Package: Basic and Advanced Life Support for Veterinary Technicians and Students

CERTIFICATE ID: VETC02

Certificate Overview

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Over 100 board certified veterinary specialists from around the world collaborated to develop the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines. Two of RECOVER’s leaders have designed these courses with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students to learn the core veterinary CPR skills needed to increase survival rates in animals experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest.

Choose between our Basic and Advanced Life Support courses or bundle the two for additional savings. Special offers available for technicians, students, or practices with 5+ staff. These comprehensive and highly engaging courses include videos, assignments, and quizzes covering the latest in CPR techniques.

These courses are peer reviewed and offer official certification in CPR by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). They are endorsed by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and teach the most current, evidence-based guidelines developed by the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative, making them the gold standard in veterinary CPR training.

  • Rapidly recognize patients with cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Properly administer high-quality chest compressions using the most up-to-date approaches in dogs and cats
  • Provide mouth-to-snout or intubated ventilation according to current evidence-based guidelines
  • Utilize effective communication and team skills that will improve your ability to manage emergent and critically ill patients
  • Choose the most useful monitoring devices for patients in cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Read and interpret the data from the various monitoring devices
  • Rapidly diagnose the arrest ECG rhythm to help choose the best ALS therapies for your patient
  • Administer the most effective drugs and other adjunctive therapies for patients with cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Perform life-saving procedures such as venous cutdowns, intraosseous catheter placement, and open chest CPR
CPR: Basic and Advanced Life Support are targeted at veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students.

Faculty Authors

Daniel J. Fletcher, PhD, DVM, DACVECC
Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Certificate Courses

Did you know that when CPR is done correctly, 50% of dogs and cats that arrest in the peri-anesthetic period survive to discharge?

Course Description

CPR: Advanced Life Support

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Total Modules: 5
  • RACE C.E. Credits: 5.0
  • NC credits: 5.0
  • NY Credits: 5.0

CPR: Basic Life Support is the first peer-reviewed small animal CPR course that teaches the essential concepts needed to maximize outcomes in patients with cardiopulmonary arrest. When a cardiopulmonary arrest occurs in your practice, having a well-trained team ready to provide high-quality CPR may be the difference between life and death for your patient.

Authored by Daniel J. Fletcher, PhD, DVM, DACVECC, Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, this course teaches the evidence-based Basic Life Support (BLS) guidelines developed by the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) Initiative (http://acvecc-recover.org). It is the only BLS course endorsed by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and is the only course that provides official certification in veterinary CPR through the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care (ACVECC).

Certification in BLS by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care will be conferred upon completion, and a certificate suitable for display in your practice will be provided.

CPR: Advanced Life Support (ALS) picks up where CPR: Basic Life Support (BLS) finishes, covering the bottom half of the RECOVER veterinary CPR algorithm.

Course Description

CPR: Advanced Life Support

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Total Modules: 1
  • RACE C.E. Credits: 3.5
  • NC Credits: 3.0
  • NY Credits: 3.5

Topics include use and interpretation of important monitoring equipment, how to diagnose the ECG arrest rhythm, and drug therapies and other advanced interventions that can improve the likelihood of saving a life.

After completing both courses, you’ll have an understanding of the entire CPR algorithm. Cardiopulmonary arrest happens. This course, authored by Daniel J. Fletcher, PhD, DVM, DACVECC, Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, will help prepare your team and maximize the chance of a successful outcome for your patients.

Certification in ALS by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care will be conferred upon completion, and a certificate suitable for display in your practice will be provided.