Q: What does it take to become certified?
Q: Is the Fear Free Certification Program RACE Approved?
A: Yes! It is RACE approved for 9 hours of CE.
Q: Who should become certified?
A: If you are a veterinary professional who would like to create a calming experience for your patients, enhance the quality of medicine in your practice, increase compliance, and improve safety for your team, the Fear Free Certification Program is for you.
The program is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and all other members of the veterinary team.
Q: Why should I become certified?
A: As a veterinary professional, you have joined this profession to look after the well-being of pets. Fear Free will give you the opportunity to not only look after the physical, but the emotional well-being of your patients. Your clients will realize what a difference in experience a Fear Free visit is, and will start looking for Fear Free certified professionals. Pet owners are able to find Fear Free certified professionals in our online directory (http://www.fearfreepets.com/fear_free/directory.aspx) and you will want to make sure you are part of that listing!
Q: How much does Fear Free certification cost and how long is it valid?
A: Individual registration starts at $279 per person, and group registration starts at $1,399 for up to 10 individuals.
Fear Free certification is valid for one year. To keep certification active and be eligible for renewal, the following criteria need to be met:
• Annual renewal fee. Payable on vetfolio.com, the renewal fee is $99/person or what you paid at initial registration, whichever is LOWER. This applies to individuals and groups.
• Four (4) hours of Fear Free CE each year. This can be done online by taking some of the additional Fear Free courses on VetFolio, or attending a Fear Free workshop or track at any of the annual conferences.
Q: Can practices become Fear Free certified?
A: 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. In order to be eligible for practice certification, practices will need to have a minimum of 25% of their staff Fear Free certified. For more information about practice certification, please visit: http://www.fearfreepets.com/fear_free/certification/practice_certification.aspx
Q: What other organizations are involved in the Fear Free Certification Program?
A: Fear Free is supported by AAHA and VetFolio.
Q: Who created the Fear Free Certification Program modules?
A: 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.
Q: Once certified, what other materials will be available?
A: Fear Free certified professionals will have access to an exclusive educational library, including articles, proceedings and videos. In addition, Fear Free certified professionals can take advantage of our Toolbox for downloadable marketing collateral, social media tools and more. Last but not least, certified professionals will be invited to join our closed Facebook group for peer support and learning.
Q: Once certified, what marks can I use to let my community know I am Fear Free certified?
A: Fear Free certified professionals are 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.
Q: How is Fear Free different from Cat Friendly and Low Stress?
A: 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.
Q: What happens if a veterinarian, technician, practice, or speaker uses Fear Free without being certified or without permission?
A: We take our Fear Free certification very seriously. If the Fear Free marks are being used without permission, legal action will be taken.
Q: Do you have to be an AAHA member to become Fear Free certified?
A: You do not have to be an AAHA member to become Fear Free certified. Fear Free is a standalone program and certification.