First-ever Fear Free certified mobile clinic


The Arizona Veterinary Ambulance is a trailblazer in offering pet parents better access to Fear Free veterinary care.

(Photo courtesy of Fear Free)

(Photo courtesy of Fear Free)

Fear Free, LLC announced that the Arizona Veterinary Ambulance (AVA) is the first mobile clinic to achieve the Fear Free Certified Practice designation.

According to an organizational release,1 Fear Free certified practices exemplify the highest standard of Fear Free veterinary care and incorporate Fear Free into all facets of their business: culture and leadership, client education, staff training, facility, and patient visits.

“I am so excited to be working with the team at AVA to expand Fear Free veterinary care into mobile practices,” expressed Jennifer Merlo, DVM, Fear Free practice certification manager.1

“AVA embraces Fear Free in their culture, and I was impressed watching them provide veterinary care to their patients while maintaining a low-stress environment. Arizona Veterinary Ambulance is just the beginning of expanding Fear Free to mobile units across the country,” she added.

According to the release,1 AVA is a modern, full-service mobile veterinary clinic and pet transport with experienced professionals committed to enhancing their knowledge and skills through continuing education and expanded outreach to pet owners. This designation is setting the stage for more mobile veterinary clinics to offer Fear Free techniques to pet owners who do not have access to this kind of veterinary care locally.

AVA’s 26-foot veterinary coach was designed specifically for pets by La Boit Specialty Vehicles. Its services include preventative care, wellness guidance, laser therapy, medical treatment, diagnostics, dentistry, surgery, emergency care, transport, hospice, and euthanasia.1

“From the conception and start of Arizona Veterinary Ambulance, our number one goal was to provide a quality and positive experience to our patients while practicing an exceptional standard of medicine,” said Lisa Wirth, BS, VMD, AVA owner, in the release.1 “Becoming a Fear Free Certified Practice was of utmost priority and was a necessary step in reaching our goal. We are honored and sincerely grateful to be the first mobile veterinary clinic to complete the Fear Free Practice Certification process.”

“We cannot thank Fear Free enough for giving us this opportunity, and we look forward to being a successful and proud representation of their message and hope that we will inspire others along the way,” she concluded.


Arizona Veterinary Ambulance becomes first Fear Free certified mobile clinic. News release. Fear Free. March 14, 2022. March 21, 2022.

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