Taking the 'pet' out of petrified…. The fear free way to see the vet.

‘Taking the pet out of petrified’…. The fear free way to see the vet.

Yes I’m a certified fear free practitioner… so what does this actually mean?

Having spent a lot of my career working in veterinary clinics and hospitals I witnessed a huge amount of stress, anxiety and fear in my patients even before they entered my consultation room. Most of this stress would have started before they left the car or even left their home. Medical knowledge today acknowledges a strong link in both human and pet health of the negative impact stress has on the body. Most pets are frightened to visit the vet, whether due to memories of bad experiences or purely they just hate the smells. Why when they may already be suffering from illness, do we subject them to the potential to exacerbate this with undue stress?

It is for this reason that I started my mobile clinic and became part of a new initiative currently sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets & owners experience while at the vet clinic.

Known as Fear FreeSM, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.

Founded by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free Certification Program was developed by board-certified veterinary behaviourists, veterinary technician behaviour specialists, board-certified veterinary anaesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and board-certified veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods. First starting in the US, it has now started to become recognized by veterinarians here in Australia.

“Providing veterinarians with the tools they need to ease this burden of fear and anxiety for our patients is the pinnacle of my 37-year veterinary career,” said Dr. Becker, who was dubbed “America’s Veterinarian” by Dr. Oz and appeared on Good Morning America for 17 years. “Veterinary professionals are hungry for this information. Animals and their humans need and deserve it. And now it’s here!”

So when I make a house call to you, don’t be surprised if your pet actually enjoys my visit and you’ll see how much less stressful the whole event is for all, including yourselves.

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