KANSAS CITY – Tactical medics ensure that all members of a SWAT team get the best possible medical treatment, whether those officers have two legs or four.
In an effort to better serve their K9s, Kansas City Metro Tactical Officers Association is teaming up with BluePearl Veterinary Partners for a one-day course on pre-hospital care for police service dogs.
The event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital at 11950 W. 110th Street in Overland Park.
The course, which is limited to 20 tactical medics, will feature presentations by BluePearl veterinarians as well as hands-on demonstrations for participants. Members of the media may be particularly interested in the following segments:
- Outdoor exercises with police service dogs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- A wet lab, where participants will get hands-on opportunities to practice techniques such as bandaging and inserting IVs on volunteer dogs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The course was organized by Johnson County Med-Act Captain Chris Winger and Dr. Kristen Hollcomb-Wallace, an emergency veterinarian from BluePearl.
Winger said he received interest in the class from officers from as far away as Council Bluffs, IA, Springfield, MO, and Topeka, KS. He said they plan to hold additional classes in the future.
Winger said his goal is ensure tactical medics have the knowledge and training to provide effective medical care to K9s, who are being used more frequently on tactical teams. Not only will this help the dogs, it gives peace of mind to their human handlers, Winger said.
“These dogs are a valuable resource to each jurisdiction,” Winger said. “If the officers know the K9s are receiving effective care, it will help them stay engaged and focused on their jobs.”
Event sponsors include the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, Rolling Acres and Patterson Veterinary Products.