I understand @Mslaura entirely your point, but in defense of the PDSA they are a vet charity (I didn’t explain that well enough, sorry) and the instructors were vets. They help people who own pets but can’t afford expensive vet care and so also subsidize their courses to help pet owners gain at least some basic knowledge in emergency situations and it really was high quality instruction. Far better than any of the regular “human” first aid courses I attended while still working
They were also very clear about when a vet should be contacted and what to do and what not to do in an emergency situation.
They are teaching basic emergency responses, just like we should all know for humans, but sadly many have no idea what to do in case of heart attack, or concussion, or a fall. The same for pets, and I suspect many don’t know how to read the colour of gums as an indication of an emergency, or even how to take a heart rate reading on various different animals, how to identify bloat and how important it is to get a vet quickly involved, or how to administer safe CPR in remote locations where vet access is limited.
So yes, I would say definitely do research on the quality of the instruction and do not see a first aid course as a precursor to making decisions reserved for professional vets, but this was 8 hours of solid instruction from a vet and we were very reassured that we can now identify an emergency situation.
As house sitters any such situation would involve the owners and their vets as well, but we know that in certain situations we would be clear headed and knowledgeable enough to handle the situation as best as possible until professional help arrived. But you do make a good point, thankyou.