Animal Rescue Training
GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dr. Rebecca Gimenez is an expert when it comes to handling large animals, especially horses.
“This is what I’ve been doing for over twenty years now and it’s huge because we’re making huge impact for horses and for their people,” said Dr. Gimenez.
Gimenez is the president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue which is based in Gray. In Middle Georgia she’s known rescuing horses, but internationally, she’s known training professionals on how to handle large animals in an emergency.
“A horse in the mud, a cattle trailer that’s overturned or an animal upside down in a ditch”, Gimenez has trained people for multiple situations.
This weekend, she’s hosting her sixth annual training at her TLAER facility in Gray. Firefighters, animal technicians and veterinarians from all over the world came to Middle Georgia to join in the class.
Jackson Zee, traveled from Austria, “What we’re trying to do is collaborate with the TLAER team here and provide training to my team and to some of our partners overseas.”
The training focused on the safe transfer and handling of large animals.
TLAER trainers from all over the country came to help out and share techniques and experiences with each other.
Students were able to use real animals for some of the training. They were also taught how to make sure that not only animals are safe, but people too.
“The biggest thing is keeping people safe,” Gimenez said. “Because the tendency for animal people when we love animals is to jump in and try to help the animals.”
Gimenez says the most important thing someone can do if a large animal is in danger is to call your local fire department.