Welcome to the Fear Free Certification Program!

As veterinary professionals, we know that visits to our hospitals are declining. Our goal: Turn this trend around by addressing the primary reason behind it—fear and anxiety created by the veterinary visit. Veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and other veterinary professionals are the true pet health experts—and we’d like to keep it that way. Fear Free visits mean veterinary teams see their patients more often, and pet owners seek advice from a trusted source. Fear Free veterinary visits eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress, and create an experience that is better and safer for all involved, including pets, owners, and veterinary health care teams.

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 Certification Program course 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 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

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! 


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 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 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 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 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 Application.

Who should be the person purchasing a group?

Groups are set up in a way that the person who creates the account and purchases the programs is assigned a Group Leader role. A Group Leader is the only person on a team who is able to purchase memberships, assign courses to Group Members, and edit Group Member information. A Group Leader is also automatically assigned whichever program they purchase, so the Group Leader should plan to complete the program, as well.