The following animal rescue classes are required for the Animal Disaster Responder certificate. Many of the topics included in this academy can be taught as standalone courses.
Basic Outdoor Safety and Survival (BOSS)
2 Days (16 hours)
Responding to rescue and disaster situations can put both humans and animals in harm’s way. Learning to be safe in these situations is a must for any professional or volunteer responder, day hiker or adventurer. The BOSS class will give you the basic skills to understand weather patterns, warning signs and precautions for severe weather, basic knots, common raising and lowering systems, principles of first aid for humans and animals, basic water safety and basic fire safety. Equipment Needed: Boots, gloves, helmet.
Basic Animal Sheltering Environment (BASE)
1 ½ Days (12 hours)
Understanding the types of disasters that can affect your area and what problems those disasters cause is the first step. You will then go on to learn about the different sheltering options, how to set up a shelter, working with volunteers, supplies needed, dietary needs, procedures for tracking the animals, basic health protocols and custodial responsibility and laws for animals.
Animal sheltering training includes four hours of tabletop and interactive exercises on the development of co-located and intake facility development for displaced animals. Exercises include proper documentation associated with planning financial and logistic needs during the event.
Exotic Awareness Training (EAT)
1 Day (8 hours)
In recent years there has been an increased need for disaster preparedness and response for the exotic animals housed in zoos, sanctuaries and back yards. The Exotic Awareness Training class will give you the basics on understanding who regulates exotics, identifying who keeps exotics and how to identify available resources. Public education and safety, disaster planning, identifying and understanding the differences between species, behavior, handling, equipment and emergency housing will be covered.
Stress Management In Life (SMILE)
½ Day (4 hours)
Stress management is an essential skill all responders must have in their everyday work as well as during disaster response. Learning how to take care of yourself and your fellow responders is one of the most essential skills you can learn.
This training includes exercises to increase awareness of self and staff stressors while minimizing their effects during and after the event.