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.
As evidence mounts regarding the detrimental effects of stress and anxiety on the health and well-being of veterinary patients, more practices are embracing the Fear-Free movement. The best part? Not only does it help pets, but clients love it too.
In this dvm360 Leadership Challenge, we offer you a whole new set of tools to help your practice get started as well as more advanced techniques you can adopt if you've already dipped your toe into the pool. Along the way, you'll find stories of practices that are using this new way of thinking to make every practice visit better for everyone involved.
This Toronto hospital has clients beating down the doors requesting a lower-stress approach to veterinary care.
At dvm360, we asked veterinarians and team members what they're doing now to help keep fear at bay during veterinary visits. Here are 18 strategies that have been tested in the trenches.
What happens in the amygdala stays in the amygdala, says Richard LeCouteur, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, a veterinary neurologist at the University of California, Davis.
An exclusive, brand-new looking at cutting-edge thinking on low-stress patient care for beginners, intermediate experts and Fear-Free gurus.
Veterinary architect Heather Lewis, AIA, shares her tips for eliminating pets' stress, starting with design.
Kelly Searles, practice manager at Bigger Road Veterinary Center in Springboro, Ohio, shares quick strategies any practice can implement to lower patients' stress.
Is the shadow of pain haunting pets at your veterinary practice? Shine a light on pain management to help dispel pets' fear.
Use this guide to take some of the stress and fear out of a chronic medical condition and offer support for pets and their owners.
When you're placing an IV catheter, it's important to keep minimizing the pet's stress a constant priority.
A calmer trip to your veterinary practice means pets may arrive less stressed. And wouldn't that be nice?
Does your practice sound scary to pets?
Reducing noise is an important factor as you plan for Fear-Free veterinary visits. Hitchhike on pets' exquisite sense of hearing to identify the common noise triggers in your practice.
While you're busy fighting fright with Fear-Free tactics, CC, your veterinary clinic cat, frets over your fearless veterinary practice approach.
This practice found the purr-fect cat climber for their feline patients. No kitten around. Fur real.
This tool will help you take measures now to make every visit a positive one for every pet, ensuring that when more serious issues arise, you can achieve an optimal outcome.
Don't be so quick to label a dog as dominantly aggressive. Chances are it is just scared or confused.
See how stimuli, counterconditioning, desensitization and medication come into play.