Why We’re Fear Free Certified
Going to the doctor is stressful enough for us, but for our pets, vet visits can be traumatizing. We understand that our companion animals need to be treated with care and patience, in an environment that is designed with their comfort in mind. The sights, sounds, and smells of an animal hospital are much more potent for our pets than for us, so it’s no wonder they can become nervous or agitated. Our goal is to alleviate these conditions in as many patients as possible, and to make vet visits easier for both pets and owners alike.
What is Fear Free?
Being a Fear Free Certified practice takes hard work and commitment, and Sharon Veterinary Clinic is 100% committed to promoting a safe, welcoming environment for cats and dogs. The emotional well-being of your pet is just as important as their physical well-being, and we make sure to accommodate both for every patient we treat. Fear Free was established by Dr. Marty Becker, chief veterinary correspondent for the American Humane Association and practicing veterinarian at North Idaho Animal Hospital.
Fear Free veterinary visits are designed to reduce stress and build trust between pets, their owners, and their veterinarians. Animal hospitals that wish to become Fear Free Certified must complete all modules in the Fear Free Certification Program, and pass each exam that concludes the modules. Once participants have completed these modules and exams, they will receive their Fear Free Certificate. For an animal hospital to be eligible for Fear Free certification, at least 25% of its staff members must already be certified.
How Fear Free Benefits Your Pet
Our goal is to build lasting relationships with our patients and clients, and to be their premier veterinarian. By implementing Fear Free into our daily practices, we make vet visits less stressful and are able to administer the proper treatment to pets that might otherwise be too anxious to get the care they need. This also alleviates stress in pet owners, who would otherwise be reluctant to bring their canine or feline companion to our animal hospital.