Live Animal Capture & Immobilisation Training

A truly holistic experience with the UK's leading deer management professionals, and in the most friendly, relaxed and informative atmosphere

Live Animal Capture, Immobilisation

& Live Animal Care Training

The live capture of any animal has significant implications in so far as both animal welfare and human health and safety are concerned. Therefore, specialised training in the correct, safe and humane capture techniques is vital if animal welfare and operator safety is not to be compromised. 

The treatment of animals both before and after capture is crucial to avoid causing unnecessary stress, injury and death.  This course teaches vital skills in equipment use, underpinned with a solid basis of understanding in the way immobilising agents affect animals, as well as how to implement safety precautions, and essential accident protocols.

Who is it for:

The Live Capture & Immobilisation course is designed for Vets and Vet students only, however we can arrange bespoke courses for those with a special interest in this training.

The course content includes the following lectures: 

  • The fundamental principles of live capture.
  • Legal implications.
  • Drug laws and COSSH regulations.
  • Basic Pharmacology of commonly used immobilising drugs.
  • Animal behaviour in response to live capture operations.
  • Drug dose calculation.
  • Planning immobilisation operations.
  • Pre-delivery planning.
  • Drug delivery equipment.
  • Post-delivery procedure.
  • Monitoring the immobilised animal.
  • Data recording procedure.
  • Human and animal safety, and emergency procedures.

Practical Training/Demonstration

Practical instruction and demonstrations cover the following:

  • Preparation and development of an immobilisation plan.
  • Safe loading of darts, syringes, including safety precautions.
  • Dart rifle/pistol handling, safety features and precautions.
  • Marksmanship techniques.
  • Dart trajectory and in-flight effects of climate & weather conditions.
  • Live animal handling, treatment and moving (where possible).
  • Revival of the immobilised animal.
  • Cleaning of equipment and the safe disposal of PPC & used materials.

     LANTRA is one of the leading awarding bodies for land-based industries in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  Lantra is accredited by the British Standards Institution (BSI) for ISO 9001:2015 and ISMS 27001:2013 for Skills+.  It is also recognised by Ofqual, SQA, and Qualification Wales.



    Course Location


    Course Dates Available

    16th & 17th March 2024           21st & 22nd September 2024



    All delegates wishing to use/handle Dart guns and associated darts must have a FAC (Firearms Certificate) covering the use of such firearms.  


    Eligibility for the course

    Anyone can take this course

    Request more information about this course

    Call 01264 811155 or fill out the form below

    GDPR Consent

    With a career in game management and conservation across Africa, I am constantly striving to broaden my horizons with further my education through experience and new found qualifications.  Finding an unexpected course like this while I was visiting family in England, set conveniently over a 3 day weekend was a true bonus and an unanticipated pleasure. The staff were nothing but exceptional, consisting of a small, friendly and highly professional team.  Granted, it can be a steep learning curve for someone with no previous experience in a related field, but the discussion lectures and in-depth knowledge of the staff was unparalleled to anything I would have expected. The follow up practical side of the course really opened up new perspectives and explanations to what was learnt in the classroom; from concocting mixtures of immobilising agents for the darts, to handling and operating with accuracy and safety the dart projector.  Witnessing a live animal capture for a local deer farm and seeing everything we were taught put into practice rounded off the whole experience.

    I can’t recommend Premier Wildlife enough. The attention to detail and considered approach the team offered our small class was invaluable. I will be returning to Africa with a fountain of knowledge that I shall be putting into practice.”

    Elliot evans

    Unit 2, Chilbolton Down Farm, Stockbridge SO20 6BU

    01264 811155