Large Animal Rescue Operational Level Course (hands-on)

3 Days

CE Eligible

This course will be offered by Equine Guelph in the near future.  For more information about future offerings of the LAR course, please contact Susan Raymond at [email protected], 519 824 4120, ext. 54230.

Presented by Equine Guelph

Course Goal

Best Practices

In today’s society, responding to incidents involving animals is both an expectation and an acknowledgement that such incidents will likely involve people putting themselves and others at risk.

All large animal incidents regardless of cause or scope, present a risk of injury to responders.  Through proper training and the use of specialized rescue equipment we significantly mitigate these risks and improve the odds of a favorable outcome for both animals and responders. By keeping responders safe, we improve our capacity to keep animals safe.

Knowledge – Practice – Application

Course Outline from Nov. 2017 offering (pdf)


For questions related to the course:

Susan Raymond
[email protected]
ext 54230


Lead Instructor: Victor MacPherson

Victor MacPherson has been with the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department for the past 24 years, District Fire Chief for past 19 years. This municipality covers 400 kilometers; and runs approximately 250 calls a year, from Community Service to house fires, and car accidents. Victor is also an employee with City of Vaughan Fire as a Master Emergency Vehicle Technician for past 17 years. Victor is Ex-military as a retired Master Corporal, attached to armoured units and acquired his military mechanics license for armoured vehicles.  He has serviced with NATO in Europe.

Victor has been involved with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue since 2013 and has completed several training courses in both awareness and operational levels.  He has assisted in training and facilitating courses with both Equine Guelph and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez (TLAER Inc.). Victor has been involved in operational rescues.

picture of Instructor and horseGayle Ecker is the Director of Equine Guelph and played an instrumental role in its birth. She has dedicated her energies to advancing the equine industry through education and communications. Gayle created the ‘pyramid of education’ model – an educational approach that provides learning pathways for career development at all levels (youth education > industry skills > Equine Science Certificate > higher education) in the equine industry. In collaboration with the Office of Open Learning, Gayle developed the Equine Science Certificate program an on-line program targeted to the equine industry. She also acts as an instructor in the program.


Katherine Hoffman has several years’ experience in animal health and welfare programs and policy development.   Working with animals is her passion.  She has competed successfully on a National level in various sport disciplines with her horses and dogs.  Katherine has been involved with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue since 2013.



Wendy McIsaac-Swackhamer lives in Wellington County with her 3 young children while owning and operating a hobby farm just outside of Hillsburgh. Wendy has been passionate about the Fire Service and serving her community for as long as she can remember. Wendy was accepted in the fire fighter recruit program in 2016 and is now a fire fighter and public educator with the Town of Erin Fire & Emergency Services.  Wendy began training as a Large Animal Rescue Technician in 2013. She has completed Awareness, Operations and Train the Trainer levels.


Robert Nagle began his fire service career with Severn Fire and Emergency services in 2005 and has been employed as a Training Officer with Central York Fire Services since May 2016.  Robert became involved with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training in September 2014 with attendance of course hosted by Equine Guelph and Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department. He has also been a horse owner since 2013.



Susan Raymond has been with Equine Guelph since 2003 involved in the development and delivery, both online and in-person, of educational and skills training programs. The focus of these programs is to improve welfare and safety of both animals and people on the farm during day to day activities and emergency situations.  Susan’s PhD research involved investigating the effects of exposure of horses to mycotoxins, as well as, examining stable design and management as they affect air quality. Susan has completed Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations and Rescue Ropes/Rigging courses.  Susan has also completed Colorado State University – Equine Investigations Academy Level 1.

Beverley Sheremeto is a volunteer firefighter with Severn Fire and Emergency Services since 2012.  Bev became involved with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training in September of 2014 by attending a course hosted by Equine Guelph and Adjala- Tosorontio Fire Dept.  Bev has been involved in the horse industry for 20 plus years.



Chris Watson lives in Loretto with his wife and new son born this July 2017.  Chris has been a Firefighter with Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department since 2006 and has been involved with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training since 2013 when Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department began its training program in this area.




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Below images: Photo: Susan Raymond, Equine Guelph