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Veterinary Leaders Come Together to Help Pets Overcome Fear and Anxiety

 

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Morris Animal Foundation partners with Dr. Marty Becker’s Fear Free initiative
 

Note: I happened upon this information when doing a web search on pets feeling fear at the veterinarian office. I was so pleased to see that this certification program is in place, helping those who work with our beloved pets to provide the best fear-free experience for them. It launched a few months ago and I am excited to see it grow.

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Fear of veterinary visits as well as stress and anxiety in everyday life have very real physical consequences for pets. Now a leader in research on the physical health of animals, Morris Animal Foundation, is partnering with the Fear Freesm Certification Program, designed to “take the the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and ensure pets will receive the veterinary care they need without stress. 

The Fear Free initiative was founded by Dr. Marty Becker, and currently involves a 160-member advisory panel comprised of board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and boarded veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods, hospital and animal shelter designers, and other experts. 

Morris Animal Foundation is renowned for its focus on rigorous scientific studies intended to optimize the physical health of animals,” said Becker. “In joining with Fear Free, they are showing a commitment to their equally important emotional well-being.”

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The program launched on March 31st and offers veterinary professionals the opportunity to receive CE as well as certification in Fear Free veterinary practice from the parking lot to the exam room and beyond. Those taking the certification program will be required to successfully complete the 8-module online course, after which the certification will be valid for three years. Maintaining their status will require online or in-person continuing education. 

Future plans include education and certification for pet industry professionals such as trainers and groomers, along with animal shelters. Recognizing that anxiety at the veterinary hospital can begin at home, Fear Free education for pet owners is also being developed.

 

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Veterinary professionals can visit fearfreeepets.com to sign up and begin the

Fear Free Certification Program.

 

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(Dr. Marty Becker)

 

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