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RECOVER Instructor Certification Course

May 22-23, 2024

24 CE credit hours (RACE approved) | $2,500

Course Description

This two-day session offers veterinary professionals certification as RECOVER CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) Instructors, approved to certify veterinary professionals as RECOVER BLS and ALS Rescuers. Participants will learn how to conduct the BLS and ALS Rescuer certification courses and administer standardized assessments to certify others in BLS and ALS. Participants will learn how to run hands-on BLS certification workshops with CPR mannequins and how to deliver standardized assessments to certify others in BLS. Attendees will then learn to run a hands-on ALS certification workshop with a canine patient simulator running a series of CPR simulations, and ultimately a final “mega-code” certification simulation.

The first day will be focused on learning and practicing how to run and facilitate learning through BLS and ALS Rescuer workshops. The second day will be spent conducting a Rescuer workshop with the guidance of experienced instructors.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must be RECOVER Certified Rescuers in BLS and ALS and a licensed veterinarian or credentialed veterinary nurse or technician. Attendance for both days is required. There is a two-step application process to obtain a seat in this workshop.

Step 1. Applicants will need to complete and pass the Instructor Workshop Assessment. This is a rigorous assessment where a hearty review is recommended. Your test scores will be held for 6 months in the event that you need to apply to another workshop. If you have already completed this step within the last 6 months, you do not need to do this again.

Step 2. Fill out the Instructor Workshop Application. Choose the “NAVC Institute 2024” option on the final question asking which workshop you are applying to attend. If you have successfully completed Step 1, this application will link your assessment scores to your application and notify the NAVC staff you have qualified for attendance.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, all attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the steps necessary to run a RECOVER CPR Rescuer Certification course, including participant registration requirements and tracking, flow of the Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) practice scenarios, scoring of the BLS and ALS assessments, and registering successful certified Rescuers with the RECOVER organization.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the RECOVER BLS and ALS algorithms and underlying physiologic principles suficient to train veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
  • Run all simulation exercises for RECOVER BLS and ALS Rescuer certifications using approved software (Open VetSim or iSumulate), including the pre-brief, standardized simulated scenarios, and debrief.
  • Explain the importance of psychological safety in simulation-based education and how to establish psychological safety during a simulation exercise.
  • Facilitate a learner-centered debrief for RECOVER BLS and ALS scenarios using the 5 stage model of setting the scene, reactions, description, analysis and summary.

Course Leader

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), (SAIM) 

Ken has been reimagining veterinary nursing over the course of the past 23 years in the eld. He is a double VTS in emergency and critical care and small animal internal medicine, and has a master’s degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer for Veterinary Emergency Group, and the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative. Over the years, he has received multiple Veterinary Technician of the Year Awards for his work to bring further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary technicians and nurses through work with organizations like NAVTA. Ken co-edited the Veterinary Technician and Nurse’s Daily Reference Guide for Canine and Feline, and the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking. He also publishes articles and presents internationally on topics in ECC, transfusion medicine, and the veterinary nursing profession.

Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our eld, and to continually pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.


  • Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), (SAIM)

Additional Instructors

  • Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC
  • Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC
  • Daniel Fletcher, PHD, DVM, DACVECC

Required Prerequisites to Participate:

    1. Licensed Veterinarian or Credentialed Veterinary Technician
    2. RECOVER Certified Rescuer
    3. Accepted through the instructor workshop application process on RECOVER website

Recommended Supplemental Reading

    1. Certification as a RECOVER Certified Rescuer
    2. RECOVER Guidelines, Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Open Access)