Help Educate Local EMS

Recently passed legislation ("Nero's Law") allows EMTs to provide treatment and transport of Police Canines. The scope of what treatment may be given is limited to primarily Basic Life Support. Every EMT (approx. 20,000) in MA is required to take this class by February 2024. The class must be taught by a veterinarian or a technician who is credentialed as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America in Anesthesia, Surgery, Internal Medicine, or Emergency and Critical Care. Also present must be a large dog (not a police dog) on which the EMTs would practice landmarking, as well as mannequins for backup. A police K9 with its handler must also be present.

Courses will consist of a 1.5 hour online didactic section and a 1.5 hour hands-on class. We need everyone's help in delivering the hands-on class. Training for instructors will be made available. 

If you prefer to write your own course, you may certainly do that but all courses must be approved by either the state or your regional EMS office. CLICK HERE for information on OEMS.

First Responders:

You must view the didactic portion of the program BEFORE hosting the hands-on session. You can access that HERE (the access code is EMT-2023cmemsc)

Once you're ready to schedule a training, please contact Jamie Falzone.
You will need to include a date, time, and location. If more than 20 EMS are expected at a session, we will need to coordinate two volunteer veterinarians. You are responsible for obtaining OEMS credit. If you need a K9 officer team, please let Jamie know as well. Please submit requests at least 2 weeks in advance of the desired date.

MVMA's Role:

MVMA will be assisting in matching veterinary staff with local EMS who request trainings.
Interested in helping out? Fill out THIS FORM or email

24/7 Hospitals

Location Facility Phone #
Boston MSPCA - Angell 617-522-7282
Boston BluePearl Pet Hospital 617-284-9777
Bourne Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists 508-759-5125
Lawrence Bulger Veterinary Hospital 978-725-5544
North Grafton Cummings Vet Medical Center, Tufts 508-839-5395 (option 3)
South Deerfield Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital 413-665-4911
Walpole Tufts Vet ER Treatment & Specialists 508-668-5454
Waltham MSPCA Angell-West 781-902-8400
Waltham BluePearl Pet Hospital 781-684-8387
W. Bridgewater New England Animal Medical Center 508-584-1600
Westford Westford Vet ER Referral Center 978-577-6525
Weymouth VCA-South Shore Animal Hospital 781-337-6622
Woburn MA Veterinary Referral Hospital 781-932-5802