Large Animal Rescue Training (LART)


Large Animal Rescue Training – Animal Emergencies in an Agricultural Environment (PA-003-RESP)

Location: Penn State University, University Park Campus

Dates: Part 1: April 26-28, 2019 and Part 2: May 10-12, 2019

Times: 6-10 PM on Fridays; 8 AM to 5 PM Saturdays and Sundays

In any area in Pennsylvania, it is highly likely that animal agriculture is an important part of the community. When animals are involved in emergencies, specialized training is required to ensure animal safety and the safety to those responding. This course will provide the training necessary for County Animal Response Team members and emergency services first responders to be able to assist on the scene with disasters and emergencies involving large (farm) animals.
The training will include classroom instruction and detailed hands-on exercises that will allow the participants to practice their new knowledge and skills. There will be extensive hands-on exercises involving live animals.The extensive hands-on training is limited to 30 participants per class.

Who Should Attend:

First Responders and CART members who want to develop operational skills and procedures for managing various farm animal related emergencies in their community. Managers of emergency response organizations who want to understand procedures, techniques, and response activities unique to agricultural emergencies and disasters.


You must be a member or employee in good standing of a first response agency or organization (fire, EMS, law enforcement, agriculture, CART, etc.) and have completed the basic training of that agency or organization in accordance with the AHJ. At a minimum, IS-100.a: Introduction to the Incident Command System, IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Haz-Mat Awareness level. All of which can be obtained online. LART Part 1 is required for Part 2.


Farm Incident Management; Animal Behavior & Handling; Foreign Animal Diseases/Biosecurity & Zoonotics; Animal First Aid; Emergency Euthanasia; Professionalism and Liability Issues. Packaging and moving recumbent large animals. Packaging and lifting large animals. Rescues from mud/water. Trailer overturns/extrication.

After successful completion of this training course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe appropriate resources that should be requested to the scene of an emergency involving farm animals.
  • Demonstrate proper incident management steps during farm animal related emergency scenarios.
  • Discuss the behavior characteristics of various farm animals and demonstrate how to safely restrain and move them.
  • Discuss the importance of teamwork between emergency responders and farm animal specialists in managing emergencies involving farm animals.
  • Demonstrate effective emergency first aid care techniques on farm animals.
  • Demonstrate how to recognize, utilize, and improvise a variety of equipment and techniques in animal rescue scenarios.
  • Demonstrate the importance of utilizing preplan information in managing a variety of simulated farm emergency scenarios.

This class is limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration is required. Click HERE to access the registration form which must be received by April 5, 2019 to the address on the registration form or emailed to Contact Stephen Brown via phone at 814-865-7158 or by email at for more information or with any questions. Additional information will be provided after you register.