St. John Ambulance Pet First Aid Course

Yesterday, Calverton SJA unit set up a pet first aid course. I was the only cadet from my unit there so I didn't know anyone.

Also I mummified a cat.... It was break and I was bored... 
A PDSA veterinary nurse was there to teach us, which I was surprised at. I learned a lot of very interesting things there, Including where to find a pulse on a dog and different diseases that pets can develop and what affects they have. The CPR was interesting too.

There were different subjects such as poisoning, bloating, seizures and different stuff like that. The bloating one was my favourite, I always thought it was just a bit of air in the stomach, but no, with dogs their whole stomach can twist, blocking off the blood supply to other vital organs. This was one of the more relevant ones considering our dogs are deep chested and deep chested dogs are more likely to have this happen to them.

 The seizures were interesting as well, especially the video that she showed of some pets having seizures, the first one was shocking (It was a husky having a full blown seizure) to some of the kids and I noticed a couple of them turned away.


As I am hoping to become a vet myself so it was really interesting to see what sort of stuff I might see. Overall this was really fun and interesting experience and I hope they do more stuff like this in the future, I would definitely do this again.


  1. Hi I am Ben- I am from Calverton's SJA cadet unit. The PDSA pet first aid course was very interesting, as I have pets my self.

    What unit do you come from??

    Ben Neal Calverton SJA CDT

    1. Sorry, I only just found the comment. I come from the Worksop Cadet Unit.


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