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MRC of Dutchess County Presents First Aid for Pets Program on February 26th

Published: 2/14/2019

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County, in conjunction with the Dutchess County Animal Response Team, will offer a presentation on First Aid for Pets on Tuesday, February 26th, at 6 p.m. at Wappingers Junior High, 30 Major Macdonald Way in the Town of Wappinger. This training is free and open to the public. Registration prior to the event is required.

This program will be presented by Paul S. McNamara, DVM, Chief of Surgery at Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group and founder of Odin’s Fund, an organization whose mission is to provide free first aid training to as many pet owners as possible. This presentation will cover a variety of important topics, including pet CPR, dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia, obstructions, allergies, poisonings, burns, gastric issues, wound care, fractures, eye issues and basic animal assessment. 

“Pets are often considered part of our families, and taking steps to ensure their health adds to the well-being of their family and, ultimately, the community at large,” said A.K. Vaidian, MD, MPH, Department of Behavioral & Community Health Commissioner.

The MRC of Dutchess County is part of a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers dedicated to supporting public health infrastructure as well as disaster preparedness and response in the community. Both medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are needed.

For more information about the MRC, or to register for the training, please contact MRC Coordinator Joe Ryan at 845-486-2493 or  For information on upcoming trainings, visit