My Fear Free success story

October 17, 2017
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.

This VTS shares a low-stress handling win from the real world.

When Taz, a 14-month-old beagle, exhibited behavior changes after being neutered, his owners and veterinary caregivers took action. Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, LVT, VTS (behavior), says that following a consultation, Taz went through a multi-step training process that started in the home and ended in the exam room, with Taz easily accepting a physical exam and vaccines. That's an obvious medical win, but what's the pet owner's take on this?

More Fear Free and low-stress resources

A rundown of low-stress techniques.

Debbie Martin says vet techs can become Fear Free champions.

Dr. Jonathan Bloom explains how low-stress handling brings pride and respect to the veterinary team.

"She just feels like she was able to get her dog back, and he trusts her more at home now too," Debbie says.

Watch the video to find out how they did it.