USAR K9 TECC Course Summer 2016: VA Beach

In July 2016, Superfit Canine hosted it's first K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (K9 TECC) course designed specifically for Urban Search and Rescue Medical Specialists.

Urban Search and Rescue/Recovery Dogs perform an invaluable service to humanity by standing ready to search for victims of man-made and natural disasters of all kinds. Their unique determination combined with a keen sense of smell make them an integral part of the response system to ensure no one is left behind after a tragic event. While serious K9 injury is uncommon, the nature of this work always carries some risk. Our goal in providing this course is to prepare those that are most likely to be there when a serious injury happens. 

Medical Specialists, and K9 handlers from federal and local agencies attended our 2 day course presented by the professionals from Veterinary Tactical Group.

Attendees were presented with the latest evidence-based knowledge of the most common life-threatening injuries in working canines. Not only did students learn what can be done to mitigate the risk of injury, they also learned what steps can be taken in the field to improve survival using TCCC/TECC guidelines adapted specifically for the unique anatomy and physiology of the K9. In addition to case presentations and lecture based learning, students had an opportunity to practice their skills hands-on throughout the course in field scenarios. 

Our workshop team stood up to the challenge of creating a mock disaster environment with realistic scenarios and injuries using K9 mannequins throughout the rubble training areas. Distractions and stressors were introduced to challenge the attendees' critical thinking skills as they navigated through an injury response, from initial assessment to tactical evacuation. 

A special thanks to Veterinary Tactical Group for providing this great learning experience, and to Virginia Beach Fire Dept. and VA-TF2 for their support of this valuable learning event. 

We look forward to hosting more of these events in the near future. If you are interested in attending one of these events, please contact us directly at

This course was held immediately following our Summer 2016 Disaster K9 Workshop

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