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Fear-Free: A dvm360 Leadership Challenge

Have you embraced this movement yet? No matter what level your veterinary practice is ready for, we've compiled everything you need to decrease patient stress and anxiety. ...

dvm360 Leadership Challenge: Fear Free

Your complete resource to what some call a revolution that will forever change veterinary medicine. ...

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Fear Free: An urgent obligation (not to mention, unprecedented opportunity)

You’ve probably heard of Dr. Marty Becker. And if you’ve heard of Dr. Marty Becker, chances are you’ve heard of his dream of every veterinary practice transforming into a Fear Free practice. ...

Low stress veterinary visits

Temple Grandin joins Fear Free advisory board

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Nov 08, 2017

A longtime advocate for the well-being of food animals, Grandin is now lending her experience and expertise to the veterinary environment.

Client handout: Free your pet from freak outs

FIRSTLINE - Nov 06, 2017

Your patient's fight or flight response has kicked in. Help veterinary clients understand why drugs might be the answer.

13 fur-raising fears in pets


Needles, white coats, baths ... The world is full of frightful stuff for your veterinary patients.

Fear Free veterinary training tip: Feline ear cleaning


Gentle conditioning to the procedure will get cats on board, says Mikkel Becker, CPDT.

The deets on treats

FIRSTLINE - Oct 23, 2017

Data from the 2017 dvm360 Clinical Updates: Pet enrichment survey serves up these nuggets about treats in the veterinary practice.

4 tips for enriched hospital spaces

FIRSTLINE - Oct 22, 2017

Consider these ideas to create enrichment areas for visiting pets in your veterinary practice.

Bored, sick

FIRSTLINE - Oct 22, 2017

Create an enriching space for veterinary patients that puts healing top of mind.

Do YOU doggie daycare?

VETTED - Oct 20, 2017

Pets can benefit from training, boarding and day care owned by a veterinarian—the DVM is the expert, after all, not pet service and pet retail staff somewhere else. Just figure out if this chance for pet enrichment for your clients is the right fit for your veterinary hospital's philosophy, staff and location.

Batting around enrichment in the veterinary hospital

FIRSTLINE - Oct 16, 2017

Exclusive data from the dvm360 Clinical Updates: Pet Enrichment Survey reveals how many practices are offering enrichment—and what they're doing to focus on the pet's experience.

Your patients are bored to death

Oct 07, 2017

Use these 10 quick and easy pet enrichment tips to help your clients put the “play” back in pets’ “playtime.”

Fear is worse than pain in veterinary patients

FIRSTLINE - Sep 27, 2017

As people, we can anticipate relief for the physical pain we feel. Animals don’t have this luxury. Here’s how to deal with pain coupled with fear, and how pet owners help you heal the hurt.

A cat's trip to the vet

FIRSTLINE - Sep 20, 2017

When a pet owner says the word V-E-T, a cat hears D-I-E. But you can fix that.

Non-pharmaceutical products for noise aversion

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Aug 23, 2017

Consider these solutions to help calm your petrified veterinary patients.

Feline physical rehab: 7 tips to reduce stress to boost success

FIRSTLINE - Aug 21, 2017

Yes, you CAN rehab a cat. Really! It's all about getting them comfortable in the environment.

One more fright, one less heartbeat

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Aug 02, 2017

This cardiologist wants to prove that the intense effects of the fight-or-flight "sympathetic storm" in pets from scary veterinary visits can wear out their hearts before their time.

How veterinary technicians can become Fear Free champions

FIRSTLINE - Jul 14, 2017

1. Stop staring so much at cats, dogs. (Seriously) 2. Step up. Those patients need your advocacy!

Time to tell your veterinary clients about Fear Free

FIRSTLINE - Jul 12, 2017

You need to give an elevator speech to clients about your Fear Free certification. Let us do the talking for you.

Hospitalized veterinary patients need enrichment too


Pets stuck away from home can be the ones most in need of diversions.

'I've never been a fan of forcing pets'


Lower-stress care and Fear Free design permeate this solo practice owner's dream project.

Fear Free initiative sees enrollment of more than 14,000 in first year

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jun 22, 2017

Around 5,500 veterinary professionals and other animal care workers already certified, organization reports.