Training targets large animals

Purdue Extension is offering a workshop for emergency responders to train them how to deal with large animals that are on the loose or stranded.

The workshop will be noon to 3:30 p.m. June 27 at the Columbus Municipal Airport terminal building conference room. Dr. Jodi Lovejoy of the State Board of Animal Health will give a classroom presentation followed by a hands-on demonstration with livestock at Columbus Animal Care Services on Arnold Street.

The training is appropriate for firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical services, animal control, humane society, vet technicians, individuals who work with livestock and large equipment operators. Skills that will be taught include forming a response team, approaching and handling livestock in a safe manner, determining the safest method for rescue and appropriate field euthanasia techniques.

Steve Cain, Purdue Extension disaster specialist, will speak at lunchtime about response coordination and biosecurity when disease strikes a large population of livestock.

The session is free and lunch is included for those who register by June 20. To register, call Kevin Konetzka at 812-376-2505 or email kkonetzka@columbus.in.gov.

For more information: 812-379-1665.