Fear Free Veterinary Visits — Do Well by Doing Good

A one-day Fear Free symposium for your entire practice team

Lecture details:
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB: “Behavior is medicine; Fear Free is better medicine."
Dr. Radosta will introduce the science behind fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS), show how Fear Free is better medicine (more accurate TPR, BP, physical exams, blood chemistries, etc.), and outline specific sedation protocols.

Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior): “Developing the Fear Free Plan of Action for Patient Care”
Many of the procedures we need to perform on our canine and feline patients are uncomfortable and unpleasant. There is no one technique or method that will work with every patient. You will become familiar with Fear Free concepts such as considerate approach, gentle control, and the touch gradient. Through case examples and discussion, discover how to adapt and implement Fear Free techniques for each individual patient and procedure. You will be ready to start creating your Fear Free plan of action with your next patient! Objectives include:

  • Recognize signs of a relaxed and stressed cat and dog.
  • Define the concepts considerate approach, gentle control, and touch gradient
  • Apply a Fear Free plan of action to case examples

Steve Dale, CABC: “Why the Public Is Demanding the Veterinary Profession Look After the Emotional Wellbeing of Pets”
How the public perceives the veterinary profession’s ability to look after their beloved pets emotional well-being is a crucial factor to the success of a professional and a practice. Fact is that your customers think of pets as family, are concerned for their emotional wellbeing, and will increasingly seek out pet service providers that leave pets feeling more calm and relaxed. While pet owners cannot always judge the quality of medicine between practices, it’s very easy to compare the emotional wellbeing of the pet. In this lecture, Steve will share invaluable tips on how to best communicate Fear Free and the importance of Fear Free within the practice, with your clients, and to your community, using social and traditional media. Steve will also discuss methods to lower fear, anxiety and stress at home utilizing enrichment techniques, and to adjust ‘catitudes’ about carriers and motivate dogs to want to go to the vet - from happy puppy visits to kitten socialization classes.

Jonathan Bloom, DVM: "The Real Deal – Fear Free Success In General Practice"
Owner perception that pets hate coming to the veterinary hospital is at the forefront of declining visits to the veterinary hospital.  A Fear Free℠ approach to healthcare is likely the most powerful tool that veterinarians have to bring pets back into practice.  Learn how hospitals can step up their approach by addressing the fear and anxiety issue head on by exploring strategies from the trenches of General Practice.  Using video examples from my practice, we will take a walk through the typical outpatient Fear Free℠ exam.  After more than 20 years in practice, it finally happened - a healthcare model that benefits pets, pet owners, staff, and the business! 

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Dallas, TX

DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas Market Center
2015 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
(Free parking available)


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8:00-8:30 Check-in and registration
8:30-8:45 Dr. Marty Becker - opening
8:45-10:00 Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)
11:30-12:00 Vetoquinol | CEVA | Virox
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 Steve Dale, CABC
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:45 Jonathan Bloom, DVM
3:45-4:00 Dr. Marty Becker - close

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