Dog bites: treatment and management

Estimated Duration: 
1 hour

There are many kinds of lacerations and wounds that need attention. This short course focuses on on treatment and management of dog bites. Learning outcomes of this short course are to help you:

  • know the important points in history and assessment of dog bites
  • understand the management of dog bites
  • know when antibiotics are required
  • know when a tetanus booster is required
  • know the principles of dog bite prevention.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


This content has been updated by Dr Karen Falloon MBChB, FRNZCGP, PhD. Senior lecturer Goodfellow Unit, in July 2018.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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