Briana & Ryan - APFA

Learn With Dedicated, Experienced Animal Care Professionals

Midwest Pet First Aid was first established as a leader in pet first aid and CPR certification courses as Austin Pet First Aid in Austin, Texas in 2007. Beginning in March 2017, we will be based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Midwest Pet First Aid partners with local animal care professionals, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, and animal-welfare focused groups to provide the best in pet care and wellness education, pet safety training, and pet first aid and CPR certification.

We also offer a module on Midwest-focused disaster and emergency preparedness for pet owners as part of our full certification course.

About Us

  • We are both Pet First Aid & CPR Certified pet sitters, focusing on overnight and live-in care for senior and special needs pets, reptiles and exotic pets (including chickens, ducks, pot belly pigs and more).
  • We are dedicated defenders of pet and animal welfare, and as full-time pet sitters, we are patient, intelligent and compassionate pet caregivers.
  • We have both taken and passed the FEMA Instructional Skills Course. This course prepares instructors to assist with State-delivered emergency management training and provides a foundation from which instructors can develop or enhance their instructional delivery skills within a classroom setting.
  • We are Certified Pet First Aid Instructors through ECSI (Emergency Care & Safety Institute)
  • Both of us lived in the Minneapolis area for over 13 years (Briana is a U of MN-Twin Cities graduate) before moving to Austin, Texas in 2010. We’re familiar with the weather challenges and potential local emergencies inherent in living in the Midwest.
  • As members of the Pet Professional Guild, we do not support the use of prong or spike collars, shock collars, or any other means of restraint or control relying on pain and fear.
  • We’re ready to help you prepare for any local or weather emergency that may come your way!

Learn more about Briana

Learn more about Ryan

We bring professional animal care experience to Midwest Pet First Aid. We both have many years of combined training and teaching experience and really enjoy helping others learn how to protect and care for their critters!

Courses are now open for registration!

View our upcoming certification courses! Discounts are available for EMTs, emergency responders such as fire fighters and police, 501C3 nonprofit organizations helping in animal-related areas, and other human/animal services and organizations. Get more information about special rates here.