A workshop titled Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training will be held in Socorro, New Mexico, April 7 and 8.

“The class is open to any adult interested, but will probably be most useful to first responders and large animal veterinarians,” said Jessica Smith, program director at New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in Socorro. “It will provide those that are present at an incident, which includes a large animal, with a knowledge to assess the scenario, establish safety for all involved, evaluate how that animal may behave, know what resources they have and how to use them to assist in the rescue.”

The workshop is free and those interested must register at preparingnewmexico.org by March 30 since limited spaces are available.

“Many of our first responders, especially in urban areas, may have limited knowledge of large animal behavior, especially in emergency situations. This is made evident when you see news stories of police chasing loose animals on the freeway with their patrol cars,” Smith said. “This training will introduce people to animal behaviors so that if they are to respond to a call they will be equipped with a skill set to handle that situation. For veterinarians, it is often an eye opener to see what a fire truck is equipped with and what those first responders can do. Overall this training is important to keep first responders safe and confident in their careers and open a line of communication with their local animal care individuals.”

The workshop will also feature practical considerations, behavioral understanding, specialty equipment, techniques, methodologies and tactics behind the safe extrication of a live large animal from entrapments such as trailer wrecks, ditches, mud and barn fires in local emergencies and disaster areas.

For more information contact Jessica Smith at 575-835-0610 or jasmith@nmsu.edu