Strategic Alliances

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Strategic Alliances

Fear Free is proud to be aligned with leaders at the forefront of veterinary industry. Strategic alliances with the organizations below have proven to be a win-win for our alliances, Fear Free and the veterinary community.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits companion animal practices throughout the United States and Canada on approximately 900 high standards of veterinary care. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are considered champions for excellent veterinary care. Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team. Today, over 3,600 practice teams (12-15% of veterinary practices across the United States and Canada) are accredited by AAHA.

AAHA is proud to provide the corporate home for the Fear Free Certification Program. AAHA believes that veterinary visits don’t have to be stressful for pets and their people; by giving veterinary professionals the tools and education they need to reduce the stress associated with veterinary visits, more pet owners will be able to get their pets to the veterinary hospital for the care they need. AAHA is proud to be a part of this transformative initiative to make sure pets are getting the veterinary care they need.

Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a groundbreaking effort to better understand cancer and other diseases in dogs. It is the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken in the United States to improve the health of dogs. This study will identify genetic, nutritional, and environmental risk factors for cancer and other major diseases that affect all dogs.  The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study supports the Fear Free initiative in order to provide better veterinary care for all companion animals and strengthen the bond between clients and veterinarians. 

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested in studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, prevention and cures to benefit animals worldwide. 

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization on a mission to provide world-class continuing professional development for the global veterinary healthcare community. Together as one veterinary community, we are striving to elevate the quality of animal medical care throughout the world.

The NAVC comprises the annual NAVC Conference, hosting 16,000 attendees and 350 speakers from more than 80 countries in Orlando, Fla. each year; the NAVC Institute, providing cutting-edge advanced modules in a multi-day immersion; (in partnership with AAHA), an online CE learning platform; and Today's Veterinary Practice and Today’s Veterinary Technician, the NAVC's official, peer-reviewed journals.

The NAVC is a proud supporter of Fear Free because by reducing or removing the stresses sometimes associated with animal health, we can eliminate barriers to providing animals the very best care possible. 

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) was formed in East Lansing, Mich., in 1981 with the goal of allowing veterinary technicians to give input on national issues involving the veterinary profession. Since then, NAVTA has grown and seen many successes, including the declaration of National Veterinary Technician Week, the formation of the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties, the development of a scholarship program and much more. 

NAVTA is committed to providing education and opportunities to our members to help in advancing them professionally and in their careers.  The Fear Free initiative will be successful in helping our pets that we see daily only if it is adapted in our practices and the veterinary technicians in these practices have the capability and willingness to make those changes happen.  By educating the technicians we will destress our patients, our clients and our veterinary hospital teams for better care and compliance over all.

Companion Channel connects animal shelters, pet parents and new adopters through a digital media network focused on generating marketing and sponsorship programs with corporate partners across the United States. Companion Channel captivates adopters with valuable and responsible content; activates communities to engage with shelter programs, services, events and sponsors; and advocates for shelter pets and animal welfare.

Companion Channel is live in 13 shelters and delivers 7.6 million annual advertising impressions to pet parents at shelters that process 50,000 pet adoptions per year. Companion Channel plans to launch in an additional 30 markets in 2017 to reach more than 20 million animal lovers, and will launch a user-friendly mobile app that encourages constant communication with pet adopters.


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