Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training

July 27-28 , 2024

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Be Prepared for Large Animal Emergencies

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will be offering the awareness level Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training (TLAER) on July 27-28, 2024 taught by expert, Dr. Rebecca Husted. The training is a 2-day course consisting of lectures, demonstrations, and practicum hands-on laboratory techniques. The TLAER training courses bring together people from all disciplines by introducing the latest concepts, techniques, procedures, and equipment that is being used today in large animal emergencies. The program is intended for veterinarians, firefighters, EMS, animal control officers, livestock breeders, horse trainers, and any large breed owner who wants to make sure they are prepared.

Participants are required to bring:

  • a helmet of any kind as long as it has a harness,
  • a pair of work gloves, and
  • wear closed toe shoes to the training.

This program includes:

  • 2 full days of training (hands on and classroom),
  • breakfast, lunch and snacks for each day,
  • certificate of completion, and
  • up to 16 hours of continuing education (CE) for eligible licensed professionals as well as written materials.


You must be 18 years old to register. 

For additional program information, contact:


Saturday | 07/27

Lynn Hall Room 1136

  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration / Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Class Room Instruction
    • Introduction
    • Basic Concepts in Large Animal Emergency Rescue
    • Review of Large Animal Behavior and Senses - Normal and Under Stress
    • Containment and Restraint of Large Animals (Physical and Chemical)
    • Agro-Terrorism and Foreign Animal Disease, HAZMAT Issues in TLAER
    • Critical Medical Concerns During Large Animal Incidents
    • Basic Life Support Measures During Large Animal Incidents
    • Introduction to Emergency Decontamination of Animals (Gross Methods)
    • The Incident Command System in TLAER Incidents
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 PM - Lunch / Shuttle to Farm

Purdue Farm

  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Hands on and Live Animal Demonstrations
    • Introduction to Basic and Advanced TLAER Rescue Supplies and Equipment
    • Forward Assist, Backward Drag, Hampshire Slip and Sideways Drag Manipulations
    • Manipulation on Recumbent Animals and Operational Exercises
    • Manipulations in a Ditch
    • Barn Fire Prevention and Evacuation Planning
    • Barn Fire Evacuation Operations! Exercise
    • Containment of Live Animals
    • Approach, Handling, Restraint of Live Animals
    • Loading and Leading Live Animals
  • 5:00 PM - Shuttle to Lynn Hall

Sunday | 07/28

Lynn Hall Room 1136

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Hands On Clinical Situations and Scenarios
    • Vertical Lifting in Confined Spaces
    • Drags, Slides and Manipulations
    • Rescue Glide
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunch
  • 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Classroom Instruction
    • Trailer Incident Response Considerations and Livestock Trailer Overturns
    • Evacuating Planning (Emergencies and Disasters)
    • Emergency Field Humane Euthanasia
    • Large Animal Ambulances
    • Simple Vertical Lifting and Manipulations Considerations
    • The Rescue Glide
    • Overview of Large Animal Slinging and Helicopter Operations & The Anderson Sling
    • Water Rescue Scenarios (Water, Ice, Unstable, Ground, Mud)
    • Response and Prevention of Fire (Barn Fires, Wild Fires)
    • Prevention and Mitigation of Disasters for Large Animals - Flood, Fire, etc.
    • Real-Life Scenarios - Tabletop Exercises