Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota is pleased to provide RECOVER CPR training to the veterinary community. RECOVER is the only official veterinary CPR certification recognized by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS).

We currently offer both BLS (Basic Life Support) and ALS (Advanced Life Support) courses for veterinary professionals. See below for an overview of what is covered in each course.

Basic Life Support

  • We will review how body size and shape dictate where to perform compressions.
  • Teams will be able to practice performing high-quality chest compressions and proper ventilation.
  • Communication and teamwork will be strengthened through a systematic approach to CPR.

Advanced Life Support

  • We will practice scenarios as a team, utilizing a canine simulator that will breathe, have audible lung and heart sounds, and palpable pulses when “alive”
  • This training will provide hands-on experience in group dynamics and closed-loop communication, an important tool to prevent errors that can lead to serious consequences.
  • Interactive software allows for real-time monitoring and display of ECG, ETCO2, SpO2 and BP on a large screen visible to all participants.
  • We will run four full practice codes, from initial assessment through cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) to return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), and we’ll have a structured debriefing after each code.

About Your Trainer

Kris Frykman, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC) & RECOVER Certified Instructor

Kris Frykman has worked at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota since 2009. She has a B.S. in Biology from the U of M and has worked in animal emergency and specialty referral hospitals for over twenty years. She currently serves as our Training Manager for our healthcare team. In addition to her certification as a veterinary technician, Kris is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care and attended RECOVER training at Cornell in 2019 to become a certified RECOVER instructor.

How Do I Sign Up?

Prior to enrolling in classroom RECOVER training at AERC, students will need to complete an online portion of the course. Once the online training has been completed, please email us at referrals@aercmn.com.

After you’ve completed online training, you may set up classroom RECOVER training at AERC.

How many classroom RECOVER sessions are needed? How long are they?

Most participants will require one session of classroom training. After one session, participants will take a completion test, up to two times. Additional sessions (at additional cost) will be needed if a participant does not pass the completion test after two attempts.

Basic Life Support sessions are two hours in length. Advanced Life Support Sessions are four hours in length. One RACE continuing education credit per hour of training per participant is provided.

How much does classroom RECOVER training cost?

Cost of a Basic Life Support session is listed below. Pricing to include registration through RECOVER as a certified rescuer, but not RECOVER online CE, which is paid directly to RECOVER. If you are unsure if your hospital is a member hospital, please check this list.

  • Individual: $150 members/$250 non-members *Note – best practice is to take RECOVER courses as a hospital team since successful CPR is dependent upon team cohesion
  • Group of 5: $675 members/$1125 non-members
  • Group of 10: $1200 members/$2000 non-members

Cost of an Advanced Life Support session is listed below. Pricing to include registration through RECOVER as a certified rescuer, but not RECOVER online CE, which is paid directly to RECOVER. If you are unsure if your hospital is a member hospital, please check this list.

  • Group of 5 *A minimum group size of 5 is required for this training: $1350 members/$2025 non-members
  • Add-on up to 4 individuals to a group of 5: $250 per individual for members/$380 per individual for non-members
  • Group of 10: $2400 members/$3600 non-members