4 Fear Free tips for every veterinary hospital

February 28, 2018
Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (behavior)

Debbie has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996. Since 2005 Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB during in-home behavior consultations.Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.She is a contributing author and co-editor for numerous behavior books and courses.Her combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine. Debbie is honored to be representing veterinary technicians on the Fear Free executive council.

Set up good vibes for your patients (and their owners) in a hurry.

When implementing Fear Free techniques in your veterinary clinic, you can go as simple or full-blown as you'd like. Just want to dip your toe in the Fear Free pool? Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Debbie Martin, CDPT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (behavior), has four easy-to-execute tips you can apply today. Here's a breakdown:

?Fear Free wins galore

?Debbie Martin's Fear Free success story.

?Fear Free: Be the team that changes everything for pets.

?From fearful to Fear Free veterinary visits.

Curtail accidental acrobatics with nonslip surfaces for patients.

Set the mood with calming music. This is good for both patients and clients, Martin says.

Note the nose with pleasing aromas. "I really like the pheromones specific to the species," she says, "but also some kind of aroma therapy for the pet owner so that they're more relaxed."

Take pets' minds off the examination with treats and other distractors such as brushes and other grooming tools. (No word as to whether this applies to clients.)

Watch the video to hear more.

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