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Fear Free Veterinary Certification Programs

Individual certification is the first step for any veterinary professional interested in implementing Fear Free principles in practice.

Fear Free currently offers the veterinary certification programs listed below. Click “Learn More” to find out more information about each program. Veterinary professionals can register for any program of their liking to become a Fear Free Certified Professional.

All of the veterinary certification programs are designed for all individuals employed at a practice from veterinarians and veterinary nurses/technicians to customer service representatives and practice managers. The certification programs are seen as the foundation for Fear Free and designed to give individuals the knowledge and tools required to start implementing Fear Free in their workplace.

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

Choose your desired certification program below to learn more.

Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program

The Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program teaches veterinary healthcare professionals how to eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress for happier patients, more compliant clients, and safer veterinary healthcare teams.

Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program – Avian

The Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program – Avian empowers all avian veterinary professionals—whether you see one bird per year or 1,000—to make visits far less stressful for birds.

Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program – Equine


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.

Your Fear Free membership gives you exclusive access to an amazing range of additional benefits.

Additional RACE-Approved CE Courses
Earn more than 35 Fear Free CE hours by taking our additional courses.

Private Facebook Group
Leverage the Fear Free community to ask for advice, solve tough cases, share tips, and participate in fun contests.

Fear Free Toolbox
Find downloadable forms to help implement Fear Free techniques in your practice, including CSR training lists, drug charts, and client communication posters.

Online Store
Show off your hard-earned certification, educate clients, and give your staff the resources they need to succeed with all of the swag, handouts, posters, and more.

Fear Free Educational Library
Get access to articles, videos, and research about Fear Free topics, including implementation recommendations, and best practices.

Fear Free Job Board
Find a job with a like-minded employer in our job listings that are exclusively for Fear Free Certified Professionals or find that Fear Free champion for your practice.

Webinars & Podcasts
Browse our webinars and podcasts for a deep dive into Practice Certification, Fear Free-related topics, and sponsored content.

Fear Free Preferred Product Program
Gain access to preferential pricing on products and services that are aligned with Fear Free protocols, procedures, and recommendations.

Purchase Veterinary Certification Program Memberships

Group purchases can be mixed and matched (i.e., you can select 5 of one veterinary program and 10 of another and receive the 15-member pricing).











































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