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Welcome to the Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program!

As veterinary professionals, we understand the emotional demand of the veterinary field, and we know the impact that stress and anxiety can have on our patients, our team, and our practices. Our goal: Provide veterinary professionals with the tools and knowledge to address different levels of fear, anxiety, and stress; improve client communication; and increase workplace safety.

Fear Free veterinary visits reduce fear, anxiety, and stress and create an experience that is more enjoyable and safer for all involved, including your patients, clients, and team. Learning how to implement Fear Free visits means veterinary teams will see their patients more often, and pet owners will seek advice from them as a trusted source.

This program consists of eight modules, which will need to be taken in consecutive order.

Each module will end with an exam which needs to be successfully completed prior to moving on to the next module. Progress on work can be saved at any time, giving participants the flexibility to self-pace throughout the program. When all eight modules have been completed, the participant will be awarded with a Fear Free certificate.

The purchase of the Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program provides you with an annual membership for the program, which requires an annual renewal fee and completion of additional annual CE to maintain your membership. Be sure to familiarize yourself and your team with the full renewal details for the Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program here.

As a Fear Free Certified Professional, you will:

  • Reduce or remove anxiety triggers that can cause pets to become fearful at home, in transport, and at the veterinary hospital
  • Help owners deliver calm pets to your hospital
  • Enhance the quality of medicine in your practice
  • Increase compliance
  • Improve safety for the veterinary team

Veterinary Certification Requirements

In order to earn Fear Free certification, veterinary professionals must successfully complete the online certification program. To uphold your certification, you must:

1. Earn 4 additional hours of Fear Free-specific CE annually.

2. Maintain an active membership via an annual renewal fee. Your renewal fee is due annually from the date you initially register and pay for the Fear Free Certification Program. Keep an eye out for reminder emails and instructions on how to pay your renewal fee.

Earning the Elite Fear Free Certified Professional Designation

Becoming an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional is for veterinary members who want to go above and beyond in their commitment to Fear Free. Elite Fear Free Certified Professionals are individuals who are continually committed to a higher level of education. In short, it is an opportunity to set yourself apart from the rest.

The requirements to become an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional are…

  • Completion of an individual veterinary certification program
  • Completing 35 hours of Fear Free CE (includes CE earned from certification programs)
  • Continuing to earn 4 additional hours of Fear Free CE annually
  • Maintaining an active Fear Free membership via an annual renewal fee

To track your progress toward becoming an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, follow the CE tracker on your Member Homepage. Once you earn the required 35 Fear Free CE hours, you will receive a congratulatory email (where you can claim your free Elite kit) and an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional badge on your Member Homepage.

I have been in practice for 30 years and this is a game-changer. I have been so pleased at how quickly and effectively I have been able to integrate Fear Free practices into my daily work, even in areas outside of primary care. It has had a significant side effect too: happy, less stressed doctors and staff.

Suzanne Cook Olson, DVM, DACVIM


Group Pricing: Fear Free is Better Together! 

 

 

1-9 MEMBERS

$279/person

 

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10-19 MEMBERS

$139/person

 

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20-29 MEMBERS

$125/person

 

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30-39 MEMBERS

$112/person

 

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40-49 MEMBERS

$105/person

 

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50-99 MEMBERS

$98/person

 

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100 + MEMBERS

$70/person

 

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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 20-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 Veterinary Certification Program is for you. Although the course is geared toward clinical settings, any pet professional could benefit from becoming certified.

Why should I become certified?

As a veterinary or pet professional, you have joined this profession to look after the wellbeing of pets. Fear Free will give you the opportunity to look after both the physical and emotional wellbeing 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 launched in April 2018. For more information on Practice Certification, click here.

Who created the Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program?

The Fear Free Veterinary 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 Certified Professional logo on lab coats, business cards, and the practice’s website. A RACE-approved certificate of completion can also be printed and used for display. In addition, a large variety of posters, brochures, and handouts are available for download in the Toolbox or for purchase in the Online Store.

Is the Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program RACE-approved?

Yes! The Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program is RACE-approved for 9 hours of CE.

How can I receive complimentary registration for the Veterinary Certification Program as a student or faculty member at a veterinary educational institution?

We require all students and faculty of veterinary educational institutions as well as employees of veterinary teaching hospitals to apply for complimentary registration through our Student/Faculty Application. You will receive an email following submission of this application with instructions on how to register your account.

How do I renew as a student or faculty member of a veterinary educational institution?

We require all students and faculty of veterinary educational institutions as well as employees of veterinary teaching hospitals to apply for complimentary renewal through our Student/Faculty Application. You will receive an email following submission of this application with instructions on how to renew your account (please follow instructions for RENEWAL).

What is the purpose of a team admin account?

The admin account:

  • will be used to make purchases.
  • will be used to manage your team (enroll new team members, assign renewals, remove members).
  • does not require a membership (i.e. no additional costs are involved).
  • will not have any access to Fear Free educational courses.

Am I eligible for complimentary registration/renewal as a student or faculty member of a veterinary educational institution?

Students – Post-high school* educational programs for DVM, technician, and assistant are approved to apply. You will be required to upload proof of enrollment (i.e. class schedule, letter of acceptance, etc.).

Faculty – Any educational programs focused on veterinary professionals (DVM, technician, assistant) are approved to apply. You will be required to upload proof of employment (i.e. faculty ID, letter of employment, etc.).

Employees – Employment at a veterinary teaching hospital is approved to apply. You will be required to upload proof of employment (i.e. hospital ID, letter of employment, etc.).

*High school programs are not eligible to apply at this time. We highly recommend faculty of these programs to register and teach the concepts of the certification program to students. Individuals under the age of 18 are not permitted to register their own account as they will be listed in our online directory upon completion of the certification.

Our hospital is opening a second location and want to register team members from this new sister hospital. Are we able to get the same dynamic pricing we have in our existing Fear Free Team?

Yes! Once you set up your sister hospital’s Fear Free Team, send us the Team Admin email address for your original location’s Fear Free Team as well as the email address you would like to use for the Team Admin account for your new sister location’s Fear Free Team. We will need to manually add the dynamic pricing to your new team. Please contact wags@fearfreepets.com for assistance with this. This is done on a case-by-case basis upon request.

  • Dynamic pricing is only set up initially for sister hospitals. It will not build within each group as hospitals make separate purchases.
  • Fear Free has no way of knowing or tracking when a hospital opens a new location, thus cannot automatically offer this benefit without request.
  • Dynamic pricing can be added to a sister hospital’s Fear Free Team within 120 days of the creation of that team. The dynamic pricing added will be based on the dynamic pricing available to the original location/team at the time the sister hospital team was created.
  • Fear Free will not retroactively refund dynamic pricing difference between sister hospitals.
  • If you are part of a corporate veterinary hospital group, please contact wags@fearfreepets.com for more information.

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