Fear Free Podcast Series

Becoming Fear Free certified is certainly an accomplishment, but it can't stop there. Seeing the benefits of how you implement Fear Free theories, techniques and strategies into your practice takes more than just a certificate. In our recently launched Fear Free podcast series, we help you take your certification to the next level. Featuring discussions with certified Fear Free professionals that are on the forefront of Fear Free, you can hear real world examples, advice, insights and more.

Featured Podcasts

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How Small Treats Prior to Anesthesia Can Outweigh the Risks

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A Fear Free Case
Study: How Dakota went from fearful to fear free

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Speaker Bios


Jonathon Bloom, DVM

Dr. Jonathan Bloom was born in Toronto and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 1993. After completing advanced training in the United States, he returned to Toronto to join the Willowdale Group in 1994. His special areas of professional interest include preventive healthcare and early disease detection screening, diseases of the eye and endocrinology. Early in his career, his work was published in one of the most revered veterinary journals for his research in diseases of the eye and he was a key opinion speaker at veterinary seminars. He now appears in veterinary journals world wide, and sits as an active member on the Fear Free Advisory Board. Dr. Bloom is a sought after speaker for veterinary conferences throughout North America regarding his interests in advancing healthcare for pets.


Mikkel Becker, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CTC, KPA Graduate

Mikkel Becker specializes in reward based training and behavior modification with dogs and cats. Mikkel is a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified Dog Behavior Counselor through IAABC, a Karen Pryor Academy Graduate, graduate of Purdue Dogs and Cats Course, and a graduate of the rigorous San Francisco SPCA Dog Training Academy with Jean Donaldson. Mikkel interned at Tufts with Dr. Nicolas Dodman and interned at Jungle Island specializing in orangutan care. Mikkel is a communications graduate from Washington State University with a minor in sociology. Mikkel is the animal trainer for vetstreet.com and co-author of six books, including the upcoming book, Fearful to Fear Free. Mikkel is also a regular contributor to publications like USA Today, today.com, Woman’s Day, Real Simple and a nationally syndicated newspaper pet column.


Natalie Marks, DVM

Dr. Natalie Marks obtained her bachelor's degree with High Honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1998, and then proceeded to obtain a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with High Honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital since 2006 and a co-owner since 2012. Prior to 2006, Dr. Marks worked at a small animal practice just north of Atlanta, GA. Her media experience began in print when she created several monthly veterinary columns in multiple community magazines and was a frequent guest speaker for the German Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog clubs of Atlanta. She is now an award-winning and renowned voice for animals across various national media outlets.


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

Debbie is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technician Specialist (Behavior), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Member, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. With an interest in child development, Debbie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from Ohio State University. Debbie then went on to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996 and has been the Animal Behavior Technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations since 2005. She is a member of The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Debbie is a Fear Free Certified Professional.


Kathryn   Primm, DVM

Kathryn Primm, DVM, owns and practices full time at Applebrook Animal Hospital and she is also an internationally known writer, speaker and online voice for veterinarians and pet owners alike. Applebrook Animal Hospital is a 1-2 doctor practice in a small suburban area just outside of Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Primm is the nation's first Fear Free certified professional.


Kenneth M. Martin, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Martin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a licensed practicing veterinarian in the great state of Texas. He completed a clinical behavioral medicine residency at Purdue University's Animal Behavior Clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Luescher PhD, DVM, DACVB in 2004 and graduated from Louisiana State University - School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He was invited to join Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine, while at Purdue University. Dr. Martin’s professional interests include behavioral development, cognition/learning, psychopharmacology, conflict related (owner directed) aggression, and alternative medicine. He is a frequent lecturer on animal behavior disorders and teaches a small animal behavior course for veterinary students at Louisiana State University. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.


Tabitha Sias, RVT

Tabitha Sias has been a veterinary technician for seven years and she is currently working towards her specialization in behavior. She is always working to strengthen the human animal bond by helping owners improve relationships with their pets. She has a special interest in feline behavior.


John Talmadge, DVM

John Talmadge, DVM, grew up in Colorado and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1982. He practiced in Portland Oregon; before joining the Iams Company, where he served as vice president of sales and marketing for veterinary products from 1989 to 2006. His passion for medicine and business leadership brought him back into private practice when he joined Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic as a co-owner in 2006. In 2009 Bigger Road opened a second location and then expanded the second location in 2015. The second location was designed from the ground up with Fear Free principles in mind. Bigger Road Veterinary Center now employs over 65 staff membersbetween the two hospitals, along with 8 veterinarians. Dr. Talmadge enjoys surgery and has a special interest in behavior cases.