Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

Yes, you can!

Official, certified service and therapy dogs are always welcome!


How We Train Our Students

tableWe perform our demonstrations of first aid, restraint, muzzling, and CPR/rescue breathing on state of the art Dog CPR Manikins, placed on common 6′ tables which are typically around 29″ +/- in height.

You’re also welcome to train on the ground, if physically able (this involves performing a physically intensive upper-body activity, performed while kneeling).

Our students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Austin Dog CPR TrainingUnderstanding how to use CPR on a dog or cat (which relies on intensive use of the arms, hands, and upper body and which, in a real-life situation, would typically take place on the ground, where the victim is lying)
  • Performing rescue breathing and also abdominal ‘squeezes’, for helping with circulation
  • Being able to assess for: condition of airway, breathing, and circulation (pulse, heart rate, etc)

Those with mobility impairments are welcome to take the course, but are encouraged to contact us for more information before registering.

No, Midwest Pet First Aid does not offer any kind of CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

This type of Pet First Aid & CPR course is typically offered through trained educators certified to teach the course through an overseeing body.

Our overseeing organization is the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), in partnership with Pets America (Pets America is not a certifying organization, and does not offer any kind of CEUs).

The other two overseeing organizations in the US are the Red Cross and Pet Tech.

The Pet First Aid & CPR courses taught by instructors certified by these three primary certifying bodies are typically standalone courses that students can re-certify for usually every two years. None of these national certifying bodies and their courses offer continuing education hours as relates to Pet First Aid & CPR, on a state or national level.

The Red Cross offers CEUs in other areas, but not in Pet First Aid & CPR:

Please feel free to contact the organizations above for additional information.

Yes, we do!

In Spring 2017, we will be offering courses in the Twin Cities, with plans to offer courses in St. Cloud, Rochester, Duluth, Mankato and Brainerd in Fall 2017.

We are also happy to travel throughout Minnesota for group training sessions.

If you are interested in setting up a Pet First Aid & CPR certification course in your area, please contact us.  We’re happy to offer our courses at your event or convention!


Discounts are available for EMTs, emergency responders such as fire fighters and police, 501C3 nonprofit organizations helping in animal-related areas, and other eligible grassroots human/animal services and organizations. Please contact us for more information.

For our safety, and the safety of our students, we ask that you please leave your beloved critters at home. Our class usually takes place in meeting rooms in business settings, which typically don’t have facilities for pets available.

Service Animals

Official service animals are always welcome!

For everyone’s safety, we do not use live animals in our pet first aid and CPR certification course. We train on clean, fully functional canine CPR manikins, and plush critters, in excellent condition.

We also ensure that sanitary, single-use nose/mouth barriers are provided for each participant, ensuring that each person has clean, sanitary contact with the training manikin, which also helps in preventing spread of illness to others.


Return Policy – all sales are final. There are no refunds. Please be sure to read all of the information on this website before you sign up for the course.

There is minimum number of participants for each class. If enough people do not sign up, class will be cancelled, and you will be notified at least 3 days in advance.  You will then have the option of moving your registration to any other date of your choice within 6 months of your original registration date.

If you cannot attend the full certification course on the date/time you purchased a ticket for, and the class has not been cancelled, you will need to pay the full course fee for any future dates you wish to attend.