Fear Free Veterinary Visits — Do Well by Doing Good

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

Lecture details:
Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA): “Behavior is medicine; Fear Free is better medicine."
Dr. Landsberg 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.

Kathryn Primm, DVM: "What Are You Looking For? Success With Fear Free"
Are you trying to juggle life, work and personal health? Most practitioners are. Learn about implementing Fear Free techniques and how they can improve every aspect of general practice and help you find the right balance. Explore tips and tricks that help me every day. Walk with me through all range of cases to see Fear Free in action. You will see how Fear Free practice can improve your patient care, your state of mind and your bottom line…and isn’t that what success is all about?

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix – Marriott Phoenix Airport
1101 North 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(Free parking available)


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8:00-8:30 Check-in and registration
8:30-8:45 Dr. Marty Becker - opening

Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)

10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA)
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 Kathryn Primm, DVM
3:45-4:00 Dr. Marty Becker - close

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