Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn in a pet first aid & CPR class?

Our pet first aid course is developed to help pet owners feel confident to act in case of medical emergency. Our information covers both cats and dogs (other species coming soon!). Some of our topics are; choking, bleeding, seizures and poisonings, including some ways to help prevent emergencies and what to expect at the vet. 

What's the difference between the online course and the in-person course? Which should I take?

Our in-person and online courses deliver the same information. The difference is with the in-person course, you get the opportunity to practice hands-on skills and ask questions of your instructors. 

If you have specific questions, are interested in getting guidance on the hands-on skills, or prefer to learn in a classroom setting, we recommend the in-person course.

If you prefer to move at your own pace, don't mind online learning, or just prefer online courses, check out the online version! 

We recommend in-person courses for pet professionals.

Can I bring my pet?

Please refrain from bringing your pet to our classes. Our classes are for humans only, however you will leave class feeling confident about how to do an exam on your own pet! Check out our dog hiking seminar for a chance to bring your four-legged friends!

Do you offer certification? 

Every student will receive a basic Pet Rescue Education certificate at the end of their class. For enhanced credibility, those who attend the professionals add-on will take a written & skills exam to become a Professional Pet Rescuer. These students must demonstrate knowledge retention and skills competence, re-certify through our organization every two years and will be listed in our registry. Professional students will also receive Pet Rescue Education window decals, wallet card and deluxe certificate.

Where do you get your information & who verifies the certifications?

Currently, there is not an agency that oversees what information is taught in pet first aid courses. There are franchises & businesses - like ourselves - who offer their own version of certification, since none exists. 

Our information is verified and updated twice a year by NVA veterinarians and taught by experienced instructors . Dr. Laura McLain DVM, our oversight veterinarian, has been working with family pets & working dogs for over 20 years. She was also a FEMA search & rescue veterinarian for over 10 years - deploying alongside our first responders in national emergencies to keep their search dogs healthy. 


Our programs, including our Pet Rescuer certification, is modeled after the human world like EMTs or paramedics. Our Pet Rescuer certification is the ONLY pet first aid certification in the nation that requires student to pass a test. 

I own a pet-related business. Can you come teach my employees or offer a private class just for my clients?

Absolutely! We offer discounts to private group classes. Please reach out to us to learn more! 

Can I get CE credit?

We are able to offer 3 CE credits through IAABC and CCPDT & 4 credits to PACCC. We can also offer NADOI CE.


Have a request for another source? Let us know and we can apply!

Who will teach my class? Can I become an instructor?

We are currently seeking instructors in our Utah, Oregon, Idaho, & Washington markets!

Our instructors must have minimum three years of experience working in the pet industry. Preference is given to candidates with veterinary clinic experience, human medical experience, and college graduates. Candidates should be self starters, enjoy meeting new people and answering questions, are well organized and ambitious within their career. 

Pet Rescue Education offers competitive pay, set your own schedule, and unrivaled support within your market! This is a great way to earn extra money on the side of a regular job.

Maddie, founder of Pet Rescue Education, is our main full time instructor. She has worked as a veterinary technician in regular and emergency vet clinics since 2011, a working EMT-A/firefighter since 2013, and FEMA K9 handler since 2013. Her certifications include: NREMT Advanced EMT & TECC, Veterinary Tactical Group T3C, FEMA IS-00010.a and more.