The Role of Technicians in Fear Free
It can often be said that technicians are the backbone of the veterinary clinic. They spend their days (and nights) in the trenches and see little of the glamour of veterinary medicine – if there is such a thing. With National Veterinary Technician Week upon us (Oct. 16-22) and Fear Free certifications blossoming around the country (and world), it’s important to understand how technicians play a role in the Fear Free process. In this podcast, hear firsthand from two leading Fear Free certified technicians, Emily Korber of Bigger Road Veterinary Hospital and Tabitha Sias of North Royalton Animal Hospital, talk about the role technicians play in Fear Free.
Putting the “Treat” Into “Treatment”: Inside the Fear Free Treat Ladder
When you think of a happy dog or a blissful cat, often images of a treat-spoiled dog or cat basking in the presence of some catnip come to mind. And it’s true. Cats and dogs love those things. But when used in the right context, these seemingly simple little joys can be more than just recreational forms of happiness for our best friends. When it comes to reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in our pets during veterinary visits, the right use of treats and other tactics can make for powerful tools. In this podcast, featuring Dr. Natalie Marks of Blum Animal Hospital and Dr. John Talmadge of Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic, we talk about the treat ladder’s literal role in creating a Fear Free veterinary visit as well as its part in the larger Fear Free ideology and approach.