Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What does it take to become certified? 

Fear Freesm certification requires professionals to successfully complete the eight-module online certification program.

Q:  Is the Fear Free Certification Program RACE Approved? 
Yes! It is RACE approved for 9 hours of CE.

Q:  Who should become certified? 

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? 

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 (  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? 

Individual registration starts at $279 per person, and group registration starts at $1,399 for up to 10 individuals.

Groups of more than ten individuals can add additional individuals to their registration for an incremental $139 per person. Price breaks are offered to groups with more than 20 individuals. To sign up a large group and learn about large group pricing, contact Stephanie Bachman  at

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, 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? 

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:

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

Fear Free   is supported by AAHA and VetFolio.

Q:  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.

Q:  Once certified, what other materials will be available? 

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? 

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? 

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?  

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? 

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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