Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was first attempted in the 1740s when mouth-to-mouth breathing was first recommended for drowning victims. It wasn’t until 1903 that chest compressions were incorporated with CPR.1 Human medicine has formed a standardized form of CPR training through the American Heart Association and the International Committee on Resuscitation evaluates and routinely updates recommendations on human CPR. Such standardized training and evaluation of CPR technique did not exist in veterinary medicine until the recent formation of the RECOVER Initiative.

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