Large Animal Rescue Operational Level Course

Nov 17 – Nov 19

3 Days

CE Eligible

Presented by Equine Guelph

Course Outline (pdf)

This hands-on course will be held at the Meaford Fire Department Training Centre, in Meaford, ON.   For more information about the course, please contact Susan Raymond at [email protected], 519 824 4120, ext. 54230.

Friday November 17th (evening)
Saturday November 18th
Sunday November 19th

Cost: $295 +HST (includes lunch) – Please note that registration numbers for Participants is limited to 30 students.

Auditors: $175 + HST

(note: Registrants must be minimum of 18 yrs of age (both Participants and Auditors)).


Individual Registration: To register for the course by credit card, please select the “Large Animal Rescue Enrollment” button below, which will take you to the registration screen.

Invoices: If you prefer or require to receive an invoice from Equine Guelph, please contact Matt Houlahan at [email protected] (ext. 54205), and one will be prepared for you.  Please make all cheques out to Equine Guelph.

Multiple Registration: For groups of registrations, please contact Matt Houlahan at [email protected] (ext. 54205) with your information, including the names of all attendees and your station address, and we will prepare you an invoice.  Please make all cheques out to Equine Guelph.

For questions related to the course:

Susan Raymond
[email protected]
ext 54230

For questions related to registration:

Matt Houlahan
[email protected]
ext. 54205

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.


Penny LawlisPenny Lawlis is CCSAW Associated faculty, and has over 34 years of experience developing animal welfare policy, delivering animal welfare programs and auditing animal welfare across the value chain including on-farm, during transport, at livestock auctions, slaughter plants, research facilities and dog pounds. Penny is a current member of the Dairy Farmers of Canada Animal Care Technical Committee and the Canadian Pork Council’s Technical Committee developing on-farm animal care programs and recently developed and delivered practical animal welfare assessment training.  Penny is also a Certified PAACO auditor (red meat and poultry) and trainer and developed and delivered the first Canadian PAACO red meat training (2008) and routinely shadows auditors from across North America. She is currently working as an auditor and consultant for Professional Livestock Auditing Inc.

Robert Nagle is a firefighter with Severn Fire & Emergency Services since 2005 and employed as a Training Officer with Central York Fire Services since 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.




Large Animal Rescue Operational Level Course 

Meaford Fire Department Training Centre, Meaford ON (April 2017)











Below images: Photo: Susan Raymond, Equine Guelph












































Large Animal Rescue Enrollment (Participants)

access until 11/26/17

Large Animal Rescue Enrollment (Auditors)

access until 11/26/17