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Providing Prevention Response & Recovery for Animal Emergencies


Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER)



Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER)

Training for Region 4 SART members, CERT members, Firefighters, First Responders, Animal Control Officers, Large Animal Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians

Tuesday, July 14 – Thursday, July 16
Location: Chaplin Firehouse, Route 198
Class runs from 8 AM to 5 PM each day
Night rescue operation at 6:30PM Wednesday
Lunches and dinner Wednesday provided

Topics to be covered include:
Basic concepts in Large Animal Rescue
Containment, handling and restraint of live animals
HAZMAT issues in TLAER
Incident Command Systems in TLAER
Emergency Field Euthanasia
Mechanical and rope systems in TLAER
Forward Assist, Backward Drag and Hampshire Slip
Simple Vertical Lift Systems
Trailer Incident Response
Response to Fire
Agro-terrorism & Foreign Animal Disease
Evacuation Planning
Night Search and Rescue Operational Exercise
Water Rescue Scenarios (water, ice, mud)


Tomas Gimenez, DVM, has been teaching TLAER certificate courses around the country for more than 10 years.  He is actively involved in disaster animal preparedness in his home state and southeast region, and with the National Disaster Medical System/Veterinary Response Team (NVRT), the AAEP Disaster Task Force, International Society of Fire Service Instructors & the National Fire Protection Association.

Rebecca Gimenez, Ph.D., MAJ (USAR), has also been a TLAER instructor for more than 10 years.  She trains the demonstration animals who participate in the TLAER courses and gives clinics on ground handling skills to local equine enthusiasts.  She is an active member of the National Disaster Medical System/National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT) and the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society.
Assistant Instructors

Bethann Rau is an equine trainer at working level III in Parelli.  She will be teaching the large animal behavior and senses section.

Michelle Melarango is the manager of Pineland Farms in Gray, Maine, and has assisted with the TLAER operational level course several times as well as teaching at the Lexington Mounted Police Consortium in 2008.  She will be teaching the barn fire section.

Nancy Ebert runs an equine ambulance service in New Jersey and has done several successful rescues.
Demonstration Animals

The true instructors!   Trained demonstration animals (horses and a llama) assist the instructors to provide realistic, hands-on training scenarios.  They are rainsed and trained from birth using imprinting methods and desensitization techniques.  At about 6 months of age, they attend their first TLAER course and become important players on the demonstration team.
Torque helps train the TLAER students

Registration Form





Phone:             (home)  and                 (cell)


Cost: $50 by July 1
Fee is to provide lunch each day and dinner before the night exercise to all participants.
Textbooks (as seen on the first page) are available for $82 each (list price $124.99) if you include that sum with your registration.  The authors will autograph books for participants.

Make checks payable to NECTAR and mail to
NECTAR, PO Box 362, Storrs, CT 06268-0362

For more information contact
Linda Wenner
860-455-7604 or 860-622-8699