Guidelines regarding prevention and treatment of heat injury in the field are often complicated or altogether impractical for the field environment. This is not surprising, as most treatment guidelines arise from the veterinary academic setting or fully staffed and equipped emergency and specialty referral hospitals. In this presentation, we break down these guidelines to a practical level, and discuss what the canine handler or response team veterinarian needs to know about recognizing early signs of heat stress, mitigating heat injury from an operational standpoint, as well as how to provide potentially life-saving treatment with the limited resources of the deployed or field environment.
Presentation by: Janice Baker, DVM
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Dr. Janice Baker graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and completed internship at North Carolina State University from 1999-2000. She has served 14 combined years of service in the US Army Veterinary Corps on active duty and in the U.S. Army Reserve, the majority with units within U.S. Special Operations Command. Between her military service and other federal government service, she has deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Africa, specializing in medical contingency planning for high-risk operations. She uses this experience now with her company, Veterinary Tactical Group, providing training and consulting for civilian law enforcement and military tactical canine programs to mitigate hazards for working dogs and their human counterparts in high-risk tactical canine operations. She has a research focus in the area of occupational hazards and effects of environmental extremes on working dogs. When not on the road with Veterinary Tactical Group, Dr. Baker works in emergency practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
This video qualifies for 0 trainer CEUs and 1 behavior consultant CEUs