Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s see your vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?
You won’t need to imagine it if you receive a visit from Arizona Veterinary Ambulance mobile vet clinic at your home in Tucson or one of the surrounding areas. That’s because we are part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets experience while at the veterinarian.
Known as Fear Free, 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 behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board-certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and board-certified veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods.
“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!”
To first become certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They then have to take continuing education to remain certified.
Elite Fear Free Certification requires at least 3 years of Fear Free Certification, as well as additional educational courses and examinations.