Equine Guelph Offers New Industry Certificate


Equine Guelph has announced it will offer a new Equine Emergency Preparedness Certificate. Requirements for the new certificate program include completion of two of Equine Guelph’s online short courses: Equine First Aid and Fire & Emergency Preparedness. 

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In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week (May 2-8, 2021), a national event supported by Public Safety Canada, Equine Guelph is offering both courses in May, with the Equine First Aid course starting on May 3. Equine Guelph is offering $50 in savings to students that take both Equine First Aid and Fire and Emergency Preparedness online courses this May.  For a total of just $125, students can double down on their preparedness while earning Equine Guelph’s new Equine Emergency Preparedness Certificate! 

Horses rely on their owners for good daily care and to provide the essentials of friends, forage and freedom.  Horse owners are quick to care for their every need and tend to notice when they are not feeling themselves, but what happens when the really unexpected occurs? 

No one wants to think an emergency or disaster could happen to them.  “Hope is not a strategy!” Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker often advises.  “We are very pleased to offer this wonderful opportunity for horse owners and care givers to invest in prevention and preparedness.” 

The new Emergency Preparedness Certificate is comprised of two short online courses running just one week each with a time commitment of 5 – 10 hours each (with opportunities for explore additional resources).  Students love the flexible study with no set times to be online. They are also granted two additional weeks after the courses are completed to finish up learning activities and earn their certificate.  The interactive community is what really sets Equine Guelph online courses apart, boasting lively discussion boards and access to expert instructors and guest speakers.

Photo by Kathleen Kocmarek

Equine First Aid will be offered May 3 – 10, with instructor, Dr. Laura Frost, from Halton Equine Veterinary Services.  Dr. Frost was previously on the Advisory Committee for the Ontario Veterinary College and has a keen interest in lameness, diagnostic imaging, reproduction and dentistry.   In one week she introduces students to the do’s and don’ts of first aid, covering: how to perform a horse health check, common and severe injuries/sickness, wound management, eye injuries, bandaging, and your first aid kit.

“This course was amazing. I learned so many new things as well as refreshed what I already knew about equine first aid. The instructors are so thorough and really drive the information home with you so it sticks. As much as I don’t want to be in a situation where I have to use what I learned in this course, I feel that I could use what I learned and be confident doing so.”
Paige Kreutzwiser, Owner (Wingham ON). Student – Equine First Aid

Firefighter rescuing horse from barn
Photo by Barbara Sheridan

Fire & Emergency Preparedness will be offered May 17 – May 25, with returning guest speaker, Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted, internationally renowned for her instruction of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue.  The discussion boards will be on fire as Husted shares her vast array of experiences with emergency rescues and her expertise in disaster preparedness. Topics will include: reducing the risk of a barn fire, identifying local resources, how to connect with your local fire department, identify disaster risks in your area, learn what to do if a fire occurs, assessing your farm and creating your own safety plans and disaster plan.

“Equine Guelph’s Fire & Emergency Preparedness course was even more helpful and interesting than I thought it would be! In a week, I learned so much from experts in and out of the horse community, and would definitely recommend it to anybody who owns or cares for horses.”    Kathryn G. – Horse Owner and Groom (Chris Delia Stables, Mohawk Racetrack).

Accidents and injuries can happen at any time and anywhere.  It is essential that everyone involved with horses invests in education on both emergency preparedness and first aid.  Don’t let an unpredicted circumstance result in panic.  Preparation and knowledge are the keys to executing a plan calmly and confidently for a successful outcome. Take advantage of the deep discounts for the courses beginning May 3 and 17 to complete the New Equine Emergency Preparedness Certificate.  Register Today at TheHorsePortal.ca!