Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium returns for second year


The virtual symposium hosted by the San Francisco SPCA will raise awareness on reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by informing and inspiring those who care for them.

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Fear Free, LLC and the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SPCA) have partnered again for the second annual Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium. This virtual event strives to prevent fear, stress, and anxiety in animals by providing those who care for them with scientific knowledge and necessary resources to promote pets' physical and emotional well-being.

The symposium will begin February 12 and continue through February 13, 2022. According to an organizational release, it will feature Fear Free experts from the veterinary and shelter realm, including Marty Becker, DVM, Fear Free founder, and chief professional relations officer; Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, senior vice president of rescue and welfare at the SF SPCA; and Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB, director of behavior and welfare at the SF SPCA.

The speakers will present to 3 specific audiences: pet guardians, shelter personnel, and veterinary professionals.

“We received wonderful feedback from attendees of our first Fear Free Symposium, and we’re excited to offer it again this year,” said Berger, in the organizational release.

“This symposium has something for everyone, whether you’re a pet guardian or animal welfare professional. We will teach practical ways to incorporate Fear Free concepts, and what you learn at this symposium will have a real-life impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of the animals in your life," she added.

This year’s symposium will include revamped content focusing on the practical and environmental concepts of Fear Free, plus it will showcase current strategies and processes displayed in veterinary clinics and shelters. Presentation topics will include common behavior problems, enrichment, the emotional well-being of pets, pointers for new adopters, and more. As for pet guardians, they will receive tips on helping their cats and dogs live happy, healthy, and full lives, according to the release.

Shelter and veterinary professionals will discover how to incorporate Fear Free concepts into their daily work (eg, detecting stressed body language and gently handling animals). Additionally, they will obtain in-depth information on the latest scientific animal behavior research (eg, Fear Free dentistry, implementing Fear Free into animal anesthesia, decreasing stress in the shelter environment, and feline body language).

"We are so excited to once again connect and inspire communities that are highly intertwined and need to all be working together to ensure the emotional wellbeing of pets,” Becker said. “When shelters, the veterinary community, and pet parents all learn the most current tactics, tips, and strategies to keep pets happy and healthy, everyone wins."

RACE CE credit will be available for the shelter and veterinary sessions. Pricing for the various tracks is $9.99 for pet guardians, $149 for shelter personnel, and $295 for veterinary professionals.

Attendees can watch the sessions live or on-demand for 90 days after the event.


The Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium hosted by San Francisco SPCA returns for its second year. News release. Fear Free. January 13, 2022. Accessed January 21, 2022. https://www.prweb.com/releases/the_fear_free_pet_behavior_symposium_hosted_by_san_francisco_spca_returns_for_its_second_year/prweb18431046.htm

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