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Fear Free Symposium: Tarrytown, New York

January 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

Dr. Becker will be hosting a content-packed Fear Free symposium. 6 hours of RACE approved CE delivered by Fear Free experts Ellen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB, Debbie Martin, and Jonathan Bloom, DVM.

Ellen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB: “Behavior is medicine; Fear Free is better medicine.”
Dr. Ellen Lindell will introduce the science behind fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS), show how Fear Free is better medicine (more accurate TPR, BP, physical exams, blood chemistries, etc.), and outline specific sedation protocols.

Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior): “Developing the Fear Free Plan of Action for Patient Care”
Many of the procedures we need to perform on our canine and feline patients are uncomfortable and unpleasant. There is no one technique or method that will work with every patient. You will become familiar with Fear Free concepts such as considerate approach, gentle control, and the touch gradient. Through case examples and discussion, discover how to adapt and implement Fear Free techniques for each individual patient and procedure. You will be ready to start creating your Fear Free plan of action with your next patient! Objectives include:

Recognize signs of a relaxed and stressed cat and dog.
Define the concepts considerate approach, gentle control, and touch gradient
Apply a Fear Free plan of action to case examples

Jonathan Bloom, DVM: “The Real Deal – Fear Free Success In General Practice”
Owner perception that pets hate coming to the veterinary hospital is at the forefront of declining visits to the veterinary hospital. A Fear Free℠ approach to healthcare is likely the most powerful tool that veterinarians have to bring pets back into practice. Learn how hospitals can step up their approach by addressing the fear and anxiety issue head on by exploring strategies from the trenches of General Practice. Using video examples from my practice, we will take a walk through the typical outpatient Fear Free℠ exam. After more than 20 years in practice, it finally happened – a healthcare model that benefits pets, pet owners, staff, and the business!


January 7, 2018
8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
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(914) 631-2200



8:00-8:30 Check-in and registration
8:30-8:45 Dr. Marty Becker – opening
8:45-10:00 Ellen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:45 Jonathan Bloom, DVM
1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Speaker Q&A and Dr. Marty Becker – close