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Welcome to the Fear Free Veterinary 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 healthcare 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 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. After Fear Free Certification is earned, it is valid for 3 years. 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.

Veterinary Recertification Requirements

After being Fear Free Certified® for three (3) years, you will be required to complete and pass a recertification exam to extend your Fear Free Certification for another three (3) years. Upon successful completion of the recertification exam, you will obtain the status of Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, the designation for our most experienced members.

To gain access to the recertification exam, you will need to earn and track the additional 12 hours of Fear Free CE required since completing the certification program and keep an active membership. Once recertified, your certification will remain valid as long as your membership remains active through annual renewal.

Please note: The recertification exam will not be available to members until 60 days prior to their three-year certification anniversary.

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.

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.

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.

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