Top 10 Fear Free Questions

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What does it take to become certified?

Fear Freeā„  certification requires professionals to successfully complete the eight-module online certification program. The program is available on

How much does Fear Free certification cost and how long is it valid?

Currently, a special introductory rate is being offered: Individual registration starts at $279 per person, and group registration starts at $1,399 for up to 10 individuals. An annual renewal fee, as well as ongoing participation in Fear Free education, either online or in person, will be required in order to maintain certification status. 

Can practices become Fear Free certified?

Once veterinary professionals have successfully implemented Fear Free into their work practices, our Fear Free Practice Certification Program will be launched. The practice certification will be similar to the AAHA accreditation process in that it will entail practice visits, team work, and training to become certified. We anticipate launching this program in 2018.

What other organizations are involved in the Fear Free Certification Program?

Fear Free is supported by AAHA and Vetfolio.

Who created the Fear Free Certification Program modules?

The Fear Free Certification Program modules were created by members of the Fear Free Executive Committee and highly regarded experts in the field, including board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and boarded veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods.

Once certified, what other materials will be available?

Fear Free certified professionals will have access to an exclusive library of Fear Free content, including educational resources, downloadable forms for in-practice use, marketing tools, podcasts and more.

Once certified, what marks can I use to let my community know I am Fear Free certified?

Fear Free certified professionals will be allowed to use the Fear Free certification logo on lab coats, business cards, and on the practice’s website, and they will receive a certificate for display.  In addition, Fear Free will provide practices with poster artwork and other Fear Free design items to use at the practice’s disposal.

How is Fear Free different from Cat Friendly and Low Stress?

The Cat Friendly Practice Program is a collaboration of mostly feline experts in practice who provide guidelines and recommendations specifically for cats. Developed by the late Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, low-stress handling applies to both cats and dogs, but is primarily focused on restraint techniques.

Fear Free is a multifaceted, multispecies, and multi-focused movement developed by experts inside and outside of veterinary medicine.

What happens if a veterinarian, technician, practice, or speaker uses Fear Free without being certified or without permission? 

We take our Fear Free certification very seriously. If the Fear Free marks are being used without permission, legal action will be taken.

Do you have to be an AAHA member to become Fear Free certified?

You do not have to be an AAHA member to become Fear Free certified. Fear Free is a standalone program and certification.


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