Vet hospital staff get first aid training
Staff at Karratha Veterinary Hospital have received training in how to treat their less furry, two-legged visitors after undertaking a first aid course with St John Ambulance last week.
St John Ambulance North West first aid trainer Cassie McIntyre visited the vet office for a short session last Monday in a first-time initiative between the first aid service and local vets.
She said the short course included the medical skills vet staff would be most likely to need in their work with pet owners, as well as the basic principles of first aid.
“I was thinking fainting, shock, animal bites, for (vet staff ) or for the pet owner, bleeds — just some of the basic things that they might see in here and some help they might need to give somebody,” she said.
Karratha Veterinary Hospital nurse Laura McPartlan said learning how to treat people with first aid would be another useful skill for staff to add to their medical repertoire.
“One of the nurses was interested in getting her first aid upto-date, and that then spread on to thinking about the rest of us taking a course that would help us be able to give first aid in common situations that we see,” she said.
“It’s very rare that we do have to treat people, but in saying that, we do have people present to the vets because they’ve been bitten by a snake or bitten by a dog.”
“There’s also staff getting bitten and scratched . . . and potentially light-headedness or fainting from seeing needles or blood.”
Ms McIntyre said St John hoped to do more training with community organisations.
St John Ambulance North West first aid trainer Cassie McIntyre, right, trained Karratha Veterinary Hospital vets and nurses in first aid for pet owners.