Fear Free Certification Level 2 Overview

Welcome to Fear Free Certification Level 2 Course!

This level two course is designed for Fear Free certified professionals who are ready to take their knowledge to the next level. Modules in this course are a result of direct feedback we received from many of our professionals voicing their need for more in-depth education in the areas of patient handling, advanced handling techniques, in-hospital care, communications, marketing and finance. In addition to step by step procedures, the modules feature numerous videos detailing procedures, handling techniques and client communication examples.

RACE approved for 7 hours of CE, the Level 2 Certification Course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to further enhance Fear Free implementation in your practice.

The Level 2 course is available in two ways:

It is included in the $99 annual renewal fee for those heading into their second year of certification. Read more about annual renewals here.

Like all veterinary courses, Level 2 will be immediately available to all team members of a Fear Free Certified Practice once they complete the Practice Certification process. Read more about Practice Certification here.

Questions? We Have Answers!

What does it take to become certified?

Fear Free certification requires professionals to successfully complete the online certification program. The online certification program is eight modules long with a twenty-question quiz at the end of each module that a professional must receive an 80% or better on in order to move forward.

Who should become certified?

If you are a veterinary professional who would like to create a calming experience for your patients, enhance the quality of medicine in your practice, increase compliance, and improve safety for your team, the Fear Free Certification Program is for you. Although the course is geared towards clinical settings, any pet professional could benefit from becoming certified.

Why should I become certified?

As a veterinary and pet professional, you have joined this profession to look after the well-being of pets. Fear Free will give you the opportunity to not only look after the physical, but the emotional well-being of your patients. Your clients will realize what a difference in experience a Fear Free visit is, and will start looking for Fear Free certified professionals. Pet owners can find Fear Free certified professionals in our online directory and you will want to make sure you are part of that listing!

Can practices become Fear Free certified?

The Fear Free Practice Certification program is scheduled to launch in April 2018. Once veterinary teams have individually certified a minimum of 25% of their staff and have successfully implemented Fear Free into their work practices, the practice will be eligible to apply for practice certification. In order to successfully pass certification, an on-site visit by a Fear Free consultant will be required. For more information on practice certification, click here.

Who created the Fear Free certification program?

The Fear Free Certification Program modules were created by members of the Fear Free Executive Committee and highly regarded experts in the field, including board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and boarded veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods.

Once certified, how can I let my community know I am Fear Free certified?

Fear Free certified professionals will be allowed to use the Fear Free certification logo on lab coats, business cards, and on the practice’s website. A RACE approved certificate of completion can also be printed and used for display. In addition, Fear Free will provide practices with poster artwork, a press template, and other Fear Free design items to use at the practice’s disposal.

Is the Fear Free Certification Program RACE approved?

Yes! It is RACE approved for 9 hours of CE.

I am a student – how do I register for the Certification Program?

Fear Free values the veterinary student community and is pleased to offer a complimentary membership to Fear Free, including the Fear Free Certification Program, for one year. If you are an active student and are interested in becoming Fear Free certified, please visit the Student Page.

Who should be the person purchasing a group?

Groups are set up in a way that the person that creates the account and purchases the group is assigned a group leader role. A group leader is the only person on a team that is able to purchase registrations, assign courses to group members and edit group member information. A group leader is also automatically assigned whichever course you purchase – so one slot of each course you purchase will go to the group leader to take.

By renewing your certification and taking the Fear Free Level 2 Certification Course, you will be setting yourself up to create Fear Free veterinary visits like never before. It provides the tools that professionals need to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in patients beyond the exam room.

Kathryn Primm, DVM