According to the NAVC’s recent Voice of the Veterinary Community study, helping animals on a daily basis is what veterinary professionals cite as their favorite part of their job (77%), followed by doing meaningful and purposeful work (65%). But on the flip side,...
As part of our mission to make the world a healthier and happier place for all pets and those who care for them, we’ve teamed up with Fear Free to alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary and pet professionals—including doctors, staff, trainers, groomers, and more—to ensure that every pet’s well-being is always top of mind. Many pets become anxious during doctor’s appointments because they’re uncomfortable being poked and prodded by strangers. A stressed-out pet who’s acting out can make it difficult for professionals to perform procedures, like drawing blood, which can cause the animal even more discomfort. Helping animals stay calm helps veterinary professionals do their best work. Since anxiety doesn’t only happen at the doctor’s office—many triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, and emergency sirens occur at home—Fear Free also offers educational materials to pet parents, so they can help their pets live stress-free lives at home. Through this collaboration, Fear Free and Airvet will help veterinarians provide more comprehensive virtual care for pets.
What Fear Free Certification Can Do for Veterinarians
Since 2016, Fear Free has provided education to more than 100,000 veterinary and pet professionals. By closely listening to the needs of the veterinary and pet professions, Fear Free focuses on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. Both individuals and veterinary practices can become Fear Free Certified. Developed by hundreds of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free techniques can be seamlessly incorporated into any practice workflow. Treating a relaxed pet instead of spending time wrangling an unruly one not only helps veterinary professionals get more accurate results like heart rate and blood pressure, but it also helps improve the experience of the pet and pet parent.
Fear Free offers an exclusive membership with the certification program, which includes a listing in the Fear Free directory and access to:
- All Fear Free veterinary certification programs
- The Fear Free educational library
- Complimentary clinical education courses
- The Fear Free toolbox of resources
- A private Facebook group
- Marketing materials and use of the Fear Free logo
Visit Fear Free’s website to learn more about membership and how to get started.
What Fear Free Can Do for Pet Parents
Not only can pet parents find Fear Free Certified Practices in the Airvet app, they can also access free resources like articles, videos, and downloadable handouts to help them manage stressful situations at home on fearfreehappyhomes.com. Pet parents can learn more about everyday topics like fear of vacuum cleaners and pet obesity. Other topics include:
- New pets
- Veterinary care
- Training and grooming
- Senior pets
- Travel and safety
Fear Free also has curated kits on topics including:
Visit the Fear Free Happy Homes website to learn more about the resources available to pet parents. All content is reviewed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists.
From curbside check-in options that reduce waiting room anxiety to 24/7 access to tips on how to keep pets stress-free, Airvet and Fear Free have everything pet parents need to keep themselves and their pets living healthier and happier lives.
Any pet parents who have additional questions about behavior, separation anxiety, fear of loud noises, or anything else can download the Airvet app and connect with a licensed veterinarian any time, day or night. We’re here to help.
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