Individual Certification

Fear Free offers veterinary professionals the opportunity to obtain individual certification. When the certification program is purchased, professionals are granted an annual membership with access to exclusive member benefits. Once the professional successfully completes the program, they earn their Fear Free certification, which is valid for three years. In order to maintain their certification, the professional’s membership must be renewed annually.

Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program

Individual certification is the first step for any veterinary professional interested in implementing Fear Free principles in practice. When you purchase the certification program, you are granted an annual membership with access to exclusive member benefits. After you successfully complete the program, you earn your Fear Free Certification, which is valid for three years. In order to maintain your certification, your membership must be renewed annually.

In March 2016, Fear Free launched its Veterinary Certification Program, which is designed for all individuals employed at a practice from veterinarians and veterinary nurses/technicians to customer service representatives and practice managers. The certification program can be seen as the foundation for Fear Free and is designed to give individuals the knowledge and tools required to start implementing Fear Free in their workplace.

Length: 8 Modules
RACE-Approved Hours: 9 Hours

In order to earn Fear Free certification, veterinary professionals must successfully complete the online certification program. The online certification program contains 8 modules, with a 20-question quiz at the end of each module. Professionals must receive an 80% or better on each quiz in order to move forward to the next module. 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.

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

Additional RACE-Approved CE Courses
Earn additional Fear Free CE hours by taking our complimentary courses available.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

The Veterinary Certification Program can be purchased by a single individual or a group. Pricing for groups of all sizes can be found in the pricing model below.

Group Purchases

    1. When more than one certification program is purchased by an individual, a group is formed.
    2. The individual purchasing the program will automatically fill the role of Group Leader, who will be responsible for making payments for new members, adding new staff members to the group, renewing Group Members, and monitoring Group Member progress. The Group Leader will count as an active member within the group and gain access to the program, so please plan for this individual to also complete the program.
    3. The Group Leader will coordinate and monitor their Group Members through the Manage My Team page when logged into their account, where they can enroll new members, update Group Member account information, view and manage renewals of Group Members, and track Group Member progress within the program.
    4. Group Members are added by Group Leaders and should receive an introductory email regarding their account and login credentials once added.

Please note: Group structures apply to the Veterinary Certification Program ONLY. The above details do not apply to any Pet Professional Certification Programs.

Navigating Your Fear Free Certification & Membership

Download this easy-to-follow infographic to help guide you through your certification and membership.

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Elite Fear Free Veterinary Professional Certification

Coming up on your 3-year certification renewal? It’s time to take your certification to the next level and become an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, the designation for our most experienced members.

Please ensure you have earned and tracked an additional 12 hours of Fear Free CE since completing the certification program. The Recertification Exam needs to be successfully completed in order to obtain Elite status and extend your certification for another three years. Your certification will remain valid as long as your membership remains active through annual renewal.

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