Fear Free Resources
Hillside Staff Members are Fear Free Certified Professionals.
Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?
Owners of our patients won’t need to imagine it if they visit Hillside Animal Hospital. That’s because we’ve chosen to be a part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets experience while at the veterinarian.
Known as Fear Free, the training and certification program helps veterinarians and entire practices modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.
The Fear Free training program was developed by 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.
“Providing veterinarians and their staff with the tools they need to ease this burden of fear and anxiety for our patients is the pinnacle of my 37-year veterinary career,” said Dr. Becker, who was dubbed “America’s Veterinarian” by Dr. Oz and appeared on “Good Morning America” for 17 years. “Veterinary professionals are hungry for this information. Animals and their humans need and deserve it. And now it’s here!”
To become certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff must complete a comprehensive 8-part educational course and exam. Required continuing education courses to remain certified ensure that their skills stay up to date. To learn more about the Fear Free initiate, visit www.fearfreepets.com.
Click on the images below to view and download a PDF version of these handouts to make your pet’s next visit the best!