RSPCA NSW runs training programs about animal care and welfare.

Basic animal first aid (non-accredited)

This comprehensive course is an ideal introduction to emergency and first aid response in the animal care field. It is suitable for members of the public wishing to extend their knowledge to care for their own pets, as well as those people working and volunteering in the animal care industry such as animal attendants, council rangers, dog walkers, rescue groups and foster carers.

Topics covered include:

  • Assessing emergency situations involving animals
  • Assessing an animals condition and vital signs
  • Planning your response
  • Capturing and transporting the animal in a humane manner
  • Common poisons in the home and how to recognise signs of poisoning
  • What to do if your dog is bitten by a snake and how to recognise these signs
  • Ticks: the different types, dangers, where they are commonly found, and how you can prevent them
  • How to attend to an animal which might be suffering from shock, fractures, heat stroke, burns, minor wounds, allergies or grass seeds
  • Basic introduction to wildlife first aid
  • Workplace health and safety
  • When advice and assistance must be sought from appropriate personnel

This course will be based on cats, dogs, birds and some common wildlife species.

Course delivery options

This course is available online or face to face. To enrol in a course please click below to select either face to face or online options.

If you have any questions, please contact or phone (02) 9782 4478.

Please note that undertaking training through RSPCA NSW does not guarantee an interview for a paid or volunteer position at RSPCA NSW. You can find a list of any available positions at RSPCA NSW here.

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