Animal Disaster Responder (ADR) Level II

Course Details

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The following animal rescue classes are required to receive the Animal Disaster Responder certificate. Many of the topics included in this academy can be taught as standalone courses.

Small Animal Safe Handling (SMASH) 
1 Day (8 hours)
This small animal behavior and handling course will give you the understanding of how to safely handle companion animals that are under stress, using humanely acceptable techniques. Through class instruction and hands-on work you will learn common behavior, body language and flight zones, handling precautions, fear and aggression warning signs, signs of stress, methods of catching and restraint and basic first aid. Equipment needed: Gloves, sturdy closed- toe shoes or boots.

General Rules About Biosecurity (GRAB)
½ Day (4 hours)
This class will cover the commonly encountered organisms that may be hazardous to humans and other animals as well as specific diseases that could be used in bio-terrorism. Emphasis will be placed on what is normal and how to recognize what is abnormal. Personal protective equipment and bio-security will be demonstrated.

Big Useful Livestock Lessons (BULL)
2 Days (16 hours)
When it comes to small companion animals, rescuers can usually count on enough strength to overcome most situations. But what happens when the victim is up to ten times your weight? This training gives you classroom and hands-on instruction with some of the large animals we rescue. You will learn how to safely deal with large animals in emergency situations; affect a rescue by modifying and using equipment you already have; types of specialized equipment that can make rescue more efficient; rope and harnessing systems to move large animals; and what to do with them after you rescue them. Equipment needed: Gloves, sturdy closed- toe shoes or boots.

Maps and Navigation (MAN)
½ Day (4 hours)
Whether in an urban or rural environment, this class will orient you to the basics of GPS use in addition to compass and map use to navigate new locations. Students will work through practical situations using a map and compass in a new environment, simulating a real disaster response in an unfamiliar location. This class examines the basics of both road maps and topographic maps used in emergency situations. Practical scenarios will differ given class locations. Map and compasses provided.

Ropes and Common Knots (ROCK)
½ Day (4 hours)
This class is designed to wrap the students into the basics of rope rescue knots and mechanical advantage used by both rescue and fire department personnel. Based on the family of figure eights and simple mechanical advantage systems, this class offers participants a chance to examine in detail commonly used rescue knots and haul systems used in both technical small and large animal rescue. In rescue, safety comes first! Know your knots so you can haul your weight!

Practical Scenarios 
½ Day (4 hours)
Practical scenarios encompassing the subjects covered during the week will vary based on class location. These scenarios may include instruction and practice driving a variety of livestock trailers, extricating a “dummy” horse from a hole or down an incline and/or rigging a technical advantage to move a heavy load.

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