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Operational K9 Medical Team of Wisconsin

Point of Injury K9 medical care training

We are the leading organization that provides education to First Responders on point of Injury care for Operational K9s throughout the State of Wisconsin. This highly technical content and hands-on training, covers K9 emergency medical treatment to be rendered at the scene of injury prior to transport to higher level veterinary care.

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K9 Falco
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The OPK9’s team puts on exceptional trainings for handlers all across the state.  This training allowed for early detection of our K9 Falco suffering from heat stroke during a track.  Additionally, the responding ambulance crew, who also attended an OPK9 class, were able to utilize skills they had learned to stabilize our K9’s body temperature until we arrived at Blue Pearl.  Without the team at OPK9 and the classes they teach, I am certain that our K9 wouldn’t be working in the field today and doing what he loves.

Brad Shearer
View K9 Riggs Testimonial

In October of 2021, K9 Officer Riggs suffered a gunshot wound to the head during the successful apprehension of a double homicide suspect.  He was treated at the scene and quickly transported to a level one trauma center and survived.  His handler Deputy Sheriff Terry Tifft commented “Had I not applied what I learned at training I would have transported K9 Riggs myself in my squad and the outcome could have been much different.” K9 Riggs initially returned to duty but later took an early medical retirement.  K9 Officer Riggs survived because he received complete medical care from the emergency scene, transport, and veterinary hospital.


Terry Tifft
Proven Results
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Our Mission

The Mission of the Operational K9 Medical Team of Wisconsin is to provide point of injury care education and support for those assisting wounded Operational K9’s throughout the State of Wisconsin.

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Point Of Injury Care Training

Specialized courses are designed for emergency rescue personnel and K9 handlers that would be present for Operational K9 emergencies in the field.
Champions For Our K9 Community

2018 Senate Bill 435

The OPK9 Medical Team was instrumental in the passage of Bill 435 in 2018. In addition future advocacy efforts would include working to develop Statewide K9 Transport laws for K9s injured in the line of duty.
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Volunteers, financial donations, veterinary supplies, you name it we need it! If you would like to make a specific donation to our blood typing project, transportation van, courses or medical equipment please specify!