The Fear Free training and certification program helps veterinarians and staff modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need. To become certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.
The Fear Free initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams.
The Cat's Meow has been Cat Friendly Certified for many years; however, in the past year we have taken steps to ensure our staff meet the requirements for providing a Fear Free experience for kitties and their human companions. We do this by providing a calm environment, handle our patients with minimal or no restraint, and observe closely for patient comfort levels.