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A veterinary technician teaches a medic how to check a dog for signs of a medical problem.

MED-ACT medics trained to care for working dogs

Did you know that a small group of Johnson County MED-ACT medics are specially trained to take care of working dogs?

These medics can provide medical care to dogs working at the scene of an emergency such as a tornado or flood.

"Our end goal with working dogs is to provide life-saving procedures until they are able to get to the vet," said Lt. Rochelle Hobart, one of the disaster medical specialists.

Hobart took a multi-day class at the Blue Pearl Veterinary hospital with veterinarians from the City of Olathe animal shelter and the Great Plains SPCA, then she provided day-long training for other disaster specialists. Sarah McCoy, a registered veterinary technician with the Great Plains SPCA, also recently gave the medics hands-on experience with dogs at the animal shelter.

"This was great for our team and gave us hands-on experience with canine vital signs, patient restraint, emergency airway management, bandaging and shock management," Hobart said.

MED-ACT medics aren't trained to take care of residents’ pets or other animals. If you think your pet is having a medical emergency, contact your veterinarian or a 24-hour veterinary hospital.

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