Nelson, Cheryl

Cheryl F. Nelson grew up in Colorado has been a practicing veterinarian since 1980.  Immediately after graduation from Colorado State University Veterinary School she practiced in in Arizona and Colorado as a resident veterinarian. Since 1983 she has been owner of Nelson Reproductive Services working throughout the US with veterinary licenses in multiple states. She has been a speaker at the Western Veterinary Conference, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Embryo Technology Society.  She is a member of Louisville Metro Police Department Hazardous Incident Response Team, Bluegrass Emergency Response Team and Kentucky Technical Large Animal Rescue.   She has been a Hazardous Materials Technician since 2010 and has trained at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the University of Florida, Purdue University, and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.  She has taught K9 TCCC/TECC and K9 decontamination since 2014.

CLASS: K-9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

Trauma is a common cause of death in working dogs across all age groups, and includes injuries such as blunt force impact, penetrating wounds, crushing injury or acceleration-deceleration injury. The three leading causes of death for police operational canines are being stuck by a vehicle, heat stroke and penetrating ballistic trauma.

After attending this presentation, attendees will understand the role of the canine handler in providing canine tactical emergency care. This course is designed to present veterinary knowledge and advanced first aid/trauma care techniques to people who may not have a medical background.   Attendees will understand the concept of MARCH (modified as M3ARCH2 for K9 TECC): Move, Massive blood loss control, Muzzle, Airway, Respiration, Circulation, Hypothermia, and Head); and PAWS: Pain, Antibiotics, Wounds, Splinting. Attendees will learn how to assess the health of the working canine, and K9 handling techniques will be discussed. Mission threat analysis and scene safety and medicine in the hot, warm and cold zone will be covered. Triage tips, Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV/Bloat) and hyperthermia will be covered in depth as well as treatment for falls, fractures, burns and anaphylaxis. Bandaging will be covered for sharp and blunt force trauma and ocular injuries. The minimal and advanced canine individual first aid kit will be presented and discussed.  

This presentation will impact the canine handler community by discussing the important differences in human and canine anatomy and physiology, and which emergency medical interventions can be used to save an injured K9s life in the field. Practical applications will include slides and hands-on use of an advanced, animatronic canine medical simulator to demonstrate hemorrhage control, pulse determination, bandaging techniques, anatomy, handling, tension pneumothorax, and more.