Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

As more and more local authorities and national organisations introduce mandatory requirements for dog walkers, boarders and kennels some require a higher level of course; which the Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) course meets.

Advanced Pet First Aid covers much more details about the different injuries and illnesses that can affect dogs and cats. The course has been designed to give the pet professional much more information; in order to be able to detect early when something is wrong and give the appropriate care.  It is aimed to meet the level 3 pet first aid requirements for pet professionals; laid down by the latest government and council guidance.

The course also covers the anatomy and physiology of animals and different first aid treatments that are available.  Although the treatment is basically the same between dogs and cats, the advanced course has a dedicated section to cats.

This course is a ProTrainings Vocational Training Qualification (VTQ) and is ideal for pet professionals or individuals.

The course is also endorsed by Training Qualification UK.

As a level 3 course the Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) is more involved; covers more topics in-depth and takes longer to complete.

Introduction to Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

  • Endorsed pet first aid certificate option (extra cost)
  • Meet your vet
  • Pet first aid and the law
  • The vet and your role in first aid
  • The role of the pet first aider
  • When is Veterinary Care Required
  • Keeping your pet safe in an emergency
  • Car Accident
  • Car accidents – injuries and treatment
  • Pet Proofing your home
  • Please rescue my pets stickers
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Dog Microchipping

Precautions and Safety

  • Dog Muzzles
  • Use Of Gloves
  • Approaching A Pet That Has Been Injured
  • Preventing accidents

Pet Anatomy and Physiology

  • External Anatomy
  • Internal Anatomy
  • Dog Digestive Process
  • Blood vessels
  • Types of bones
  • Breathing mechanisms
  • Circulation system
  • Types of joints
  • The nervous system
  • The Muscular System

First Aid Kits and Equipment

  • Pet First Aid Kits
  • Advanced Pet First Aid Kit
  • First Aid Spray
  • Blood stop powder
  • Spray on plaster
  • Elizabethan Collars
  • Pet First Aid Wipes
  • Pet wrap bandages
  • Bandage aftercare
  • Using a foil blanket

Checking a Pets health

  • Initial Assessment
  • Checking your pet’s health and finding out what is normal
  • Gum Colour
  • Collecting a urine sample
  • How pets show pain
  • How pets show pain – additional vets comments
  • Taking a Pulse
  • Taking the Temperature
  • Vital signs
  • Comprehensive assessment and checking vital signs example
  • Taking the rectal temperature

Pet Accidents and First Aid

  • Classifications of an emergency
  • Pet Recovery Position
  • What to do if your cat has an accident

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – CPR

  • Pet CPR
  • Pet CPR Practical Demonstration
  • Drowning and Treatment
  • Near and secondary drowning
  • Near and secondary drowning – vets comments
  • How realistic is Pet CPR – hear what our vet says
  • Oxygen and your pet
  • Administration of Oxygen


  • Overview of choking
  • Choking

Bleeding Control

  • Types of Bleeding
  • Dressings, bandages and controlling bleeding
  • Pets and tourniquets
  • New commercial Tourniquets for Dogs
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Haemostatic dressings on animals
  • Shock
  • Shock – vets comment

Different Conditions you may see

  • Breathing and respiratory problems
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Sneezing
  • Dehydration in pets
  • Lethargy
  • Urination Problems
  • Weakness and collapse
  • Weakness and collapse – additional vets comments
  • Hair loss and skin conditions
  • Cataracts


  • Suspected fractures
  • Pet fractures treatment
  • Spinal injury and moving an injured pet
  • Spinal injuries
  • Paw Problems
  • Paws and Claws
  • Nail and Claw Injuries
  • Eye problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Ear problems
  • General bandaging
  • Bandaging the Ear
  • Tail bandaging and tail injuries
  • Bandaging the body
  • Fight wounds
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Mouth and dental problems
  • Animal bites and scratches on pets
  • Small cuts scratches and grazes
  • Bandage aftercare
  • Stings on animals
  • Ibuprofen and pets
  • Carbon Monoxide and pets
  • Poisoning
  • Vet poison information line
  • Inducing Vomiting in a Dog
  • Inducing vomiting – vets comments
  • Snake Bites on Pets
  • Pet burns
  • Chemical Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Electric shocks – vets comments
  • Cruciate Ligament
  • Falls from height


  • Pets and Illnesses
  • Bloat
  • High Temperatures and Heatstroke
  • Hyperthermia – vets comments
  • Hypothermia Treatment
  • Hypothermia – vets comments
  • Vomiting in Animals
  • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Vomiting – vets comments
  • Vomiting causes and types
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies in pets
  • Allergic reactions
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cushings Disease
  • Nose and respiratory problems
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Coughing and kennel cough
  • More about Kennel Cough
  • Diarrhoea in animals
  • Stomach conditions
  • Rabies
  • Alabama foot rot
  • Blue-green algae
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Pyometra

Parasites that affect pets

  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Ticks and Lyme disease
  • Insect Stings
  • Fly Strike
  • Lungworm
  • Processionary caterpillars
  • Insect stings


  • Restraining a Cat
  • Cats and Heights
  • Paws and Claws
  • Cat Vaccinations
  • Cat Worming and Treatment
  • Pedigree Cats
  • The Pregnant Cat
  • Adult Cats
  • Cat flu

Different types and sizes of animals

    • The Older Dog
    • Brachycephalic dogs
    • Smaller pets
    • Reptiles

The course is a blended course – Blended training is where you complete the online module (6 hours); and a practical module (approx. 6 hours) locally with Advanced Pet First Aid where you also cover practical subjects to gain the full qualification certificate.

This qualification is also available with an Endorsed Certificate from TQUK, for an extra charge if required.

You can complete the Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) as an online course only. With this you work through the course over 6 hours and learn from videos but there is no practical training involved. You can access the online course HERE and using code UK-HPBNJO you can get a 10% discount off the list price of £34.95 (+VAT).

We always recommend you add a practical module to learn and practise the hands-on skills in person. A list of the upcoming courses can be found here

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