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Cancelled!-Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Clinic with Dr. Rebecca Gimenez

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This clinic has been cancelled due to lack of registrants. 

There will be lectures upstairs & hands-on scenarios outside or in arena.  Max 50 participants, $100 for ATRA members.  Registration deadline is January 18, 2018 (if clinic not full, registrations will be accepted after this date.)  

TLAER is not disaster or field medicine.  It does not refer to salvage/rescue of neglected, starving, abused animals – although many of the techniques may be utilized on scenes or in rehab facilities. 

TLAER is the practical Considerations, Behavioral Understanding, Specialty Equipment, Techniques, Methodologies and Tactics behind the safe extrication of a live large animal from entrapments (trailer wrecks, ditches, mud, barn fires) in local emergencies and disaster areas.

TLAER offers training for emergency response services, veterinarians, facility operators, animal rescue organizations, large animal transporters, and large animal owners.

Large animals are different – they do not follow rules of physics or chemistry – but instincts of fight or flight under fear and stress.  Innovation is often required by rescuers as each incident and rescue operation is different than the last one.  Prevention, Safety and Education help owners and learn to prevent the common types of incidents, focus can be shifted to the unusual and highly technical ones.

ABOUT THE CLINICIAN:  Rebecca Gimenez was born in central Florida and had the wondrous privilege of being able to ride her horses just about as much as she wanted to within a 5 mile radius of her home from the time she was about 12 years old. Occasionally she saw a horse or person get a minor injury - but she remained blissfully unaware of the tragedies between people and large animals that happened all around her.  Traumatically separated from horses while she attended college for a BS in Biology at Wofford in Spartanburg, SC when she graduated she purchased her very own appaloosa. She enjoyed her military career in the US Army Reserves, working thru the ranks, eventually getting deployed in 2006 to Kuwait and Iraq, and is currently serving in the Reserves with HQ, US SOUTHCOM in Miami, FL.  In 1994 she decided to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University.  Working at a 150 horse student research and teaching farm producing numerous foals each year, she was exposed for the first time to the horrific injuries, disease processes, and realities of emergencies that horses and their people could get themselves into. Over 4 years, she saw just about every worst case scenario that could happen (trapped recumbent, severe laminitis, colicing, death, euthanasia, nasty injuries and lacerations, dystocia, orphaned foals, hung in the fence, killed by lightning, stuck in a trailer)  In 1997 Rebecca graduated with a PhD in animal physiology, and began a teaching career in Biology, Immunology and Microbiology at Anderson College.

She has continued to gather ideas, techniques and procedures that firefighters and veterinarians all over the world were employing to various levels of success- then showcase the variety of tactics available to students in their courses, and share her knowledge.  Rebecca is an active speaker at various venues from international to local, her passion for the subject is impossible to miss.  Today, Rebecca happily fills her schedule with speaking engagements, TLAER trainings, and working and playing with her horses on a farm that she purchased in Macon, GA.  She has moved the use of mannequin horses into the mainstream - starting to import them to the USA in 2010 and promoting their use worldwide to get better quality realistic training in situations that are very dangerous to emplace live animals (although her trained team of horses still does many demos).



Earlier Event: February 4
Gaited Horsemanship Clinic
Later Event: February 19
Family Day Hay Ride