On December 1st, the FSDS held canine safety training on the campus of AAEC High School, home of our unique youth-based service dog training program. This training was available to students, community members, and first responders.
In our featured photo, FSDS Board member Wayne Svoboda, DVM, head of our Canine Safety Program (right in photo) works with MCSO Officer Howard Waldrep (left) and Smithfield Police Officer Frank Keepers (middle) to help them understand heart and breath sounds. The officers were granted free seats in our Basic and Advanced Life Support training as part of our community outreach. Providing life saving training to our officers and first responders ensures that trained hands are available to assist service dogs who may be injured in motor vehicle collisions and other incidents.
In the photo at left, Board President and Animal EMT Kathe Neyer instructs our student trainers (left to right are Nia Dean, Brianna Sanchez and Tatyana Gonzalez) on advanced airway management of canines.
At right, Kat Croteau, DVM and FSDS Canine Safety Instructor works with students Meagan Carr and Lisette Borja to help them identify heart and breath sounds, using our newly acquired simulator. Students in the FSDS service dog training program learn about canine safety, first aid, CPR and advanced skills as a part of their comprehensive educational curriculum.