The Fear Free concept developed by Idaho practitioner and Veterinary Practice News columnist Marty Becker, DVM, has grown into a certification program.
Launched March 31 at the American Animal Hospital Association conference, the program aims to train veterinary professionals in Fear Free methods and protocols.
Fear Free is designed to calm nervous veterinary patients and address their physical and emotion well-being through gentle handling and comfortable surroundings. A relaxed patient could become a more frequent visitor to a veterinary hospital.
AAHA is the corporate home for the Fear Free Certification Program.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of something this big, something that really has the power to ease stress on pets and people and make sure pets are getting the veterinary care they need,” said AAHA CEO Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, Dipl. ABVP.
The certification process includes eight online modules. Successful completion of the program brings a three-year certification.
AAHA reported that the education modules were the work of the Fear Free Executive Committee, along with board-certified veterinary behaviorists and anesthetists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, and practice management experts.
Introductory prices are set at $139 for students, $279 for individuals and $1,399 for groups of up to 10 people.
The program may be expanded to certify groomers and trainers, AAHA noted.