Training Volunteer Checklist

Parvo Volunteer Training Levels

Parvo has 3 discrete levels of training volunteers can receive which allow them to do progressively more complex activities to help save parvo puppy lives. Note that as volunteers are trained to perform more activities, they are still expected to perform the activities from earlier trainings; however, if they are the only (or one of the only) people on shift who can perform a particular function, they should prioritize that function (i.e. med team should focus on med team-specific activities until it is clear they will finish in the normal shift time, and then they should begin performing all volunteer duties - essential, care, and med).

The 3 levels and their capabilities are:

  • Essential - laundry, cleaning, dishes, empty-kennel cleaning; generally should not directly interact with animals
  • Care - Essential + feeding, changing bedding, filling out parts of treatment sheets, retraining animals, fecal scoring; generally should not give medications
  • Medical - Essential + Care + SQ, IV treatment administration (see Medical Trainee Curriculum)

Essential Team Training Skills Checklist

The following skills should be known by Parvo Essential team volunteers (training should generally take 45 minutes):

Care Team Training Skill Checklist

The following skills should be known by Parvo Care team volunteers (training should generally take 1 hour 15 minutes):

  • Overview of Essential Volunteer Training (ET: 20m; see above)
  • Talking about the different Guidelines within the ICU (ET: 20m)
  • How to: (ET: 20m)
    • Change Bedding
    • Give the dog(s) a new food bowl
    • Give the dog(s) a new water bowl
  • How to observe and document on a treatment sheet (ET: 5m)
  • How to restrain a dog if necessary (ET: 5m)
  • How to give Syringe Feed to a dog(s) (ET: 5m)
    • Only 1-5cc initially; wait to see if puppy holds it down

Medical Team Training Skill Checklist

The medical team training is more complex than the other trainings, generally taking 6 shifts to complete. The structure is as follows:

  • Day 1 - Introduction to Medical Treatment, Administration of Oral Medications, Administration of SQ Medications
  • Day 2 - Practice PO and SQ Treatments
  • Day 3 - Practice PO and SQ Treatments
  • Day 4 - IV Treatments
  • Day 5 - IV and SQ Practice, and Other Diseases
  • Day 6 - Practice, Efficiency, and Parvo Tests