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Fear Free Workshop: New Jersey

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm MDT

Dr. Becker will be hosting a content-packed workshop presented by Fear Free and NAVTA. 7 hours of RACE approved CE delivered by Fear Free experts Debbie Martin, Dr. Natalie Marks, and Joanne Graham.

Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior) & Kathryn Primm, DVM: An Uncomfortable Reality – Recognizing and Addressing Fear, Anxiety, and Stress in veterinary practice

You see it every day; the cat unwilling to come out of her carrier, the dog panting and hiding behind his owner’s legs. Research tells us that owners see it too. Fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) are not only physically and emotionally damaging for the pet, but they are negatively affecting how we practice veterinary medicine. The good news is that through Fear Free techniques such as utilizing the FAS scale, considerate approach, gentle control, and a touch gradient, we can minimize the level of FAS in our patients and take the ‘pet’ out of petrified and put pets back into your practice!

Kenneth M. Martin, DVM, DACVB: “Fear Free in a Time Crunch – Don’t Hesitate to Sedate!”

Until the day when every veterinary patient happily prances into the Fear Free Veterinary Practices of tomorrow, there will be occasions where urgency and convenience supersedes appropriate Fear Free patient conditioning. As such, it is imperative to utilize pharmaceuticals when the signs of fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) become too great in dogs and cats requiring immediate veterinary attention. Fear Free handling tips and sedation protocols covered will help the veterinary health care team facilitate perioperative diagnostics, create peaceful anesthetic inductions, and ensure maximal patient comfort and emotional well-being throughout the pet’s entire hospital stay. Practical surgical nursing strategies designed to improve the perioperative experience for both pets and pet owners alike will also be discussed.

Julie Reck, DVM: Positive reinforcement – it’s not just for pets!! Communication strategies to encourage Fear Free success

Dr. Julie Reck discusses collaborative methods to communicate Fear Free concepts across the practice team and to your clients. Discover ways to effectively and positively encourage the whole team to adopt new practices, motivate and inspire each other while moving into a new era of Fear Free practices that so positively impact the way we practice medicine.

Case Studies with all speakers: Putting Fear Free into Practice

In the morning sessions, you learned the theory, science, and concepts behind Fear Free. This interactive afternoon session will identify scenarios faced every day in practice. Through audience participation and the expertise of the Fear Free speakers, implementation of Fear Free solutions will be explored. You will discover the secrets to how to start, when to stop, and what to do. The situation for each pet is different, but when you know the basic stopping points, the Fear Free tools, and how to use them, life becomes better for you and your patients. In this practical session, we’ll talk about situations and climb the Fear Free “decision tree.”


May 6
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Hilton Hasbrouck Heights / Meadowlands
650 Terrace Ave
Hasbrouck Heights,NJ07604United States
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8:00-8:15Opening: Dr. Marty Becker & Julie Legred
8:15-9:15Debbie Martin & Dr. Kathryn Primm
9:15-10:15Kenneth M. Martin, DVM, DACVB
10:30-11:30Dr. Julie Reck
11:30-12:00Sponsor presentations
12:30-1:00NAVTA member update on new inintiatives
1:00 - 1:15Break
1:15-4:30Case Studies