The first to create a fear free environment for pets across the country Compassion-First Pet Hospitals announced it has committed its nearly 26 hospitals to take their compassionate care for pets to the next level by committing to Fear Free,sm a training and certification initiative designed to “take the the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in pets receiving veterinary care.
“Compassion-First Pet Hospitals have an established reputation for excellence in veterinary medicine. They understand it also requires kindness and sensitivity for the animals in their care,” said Dr. Marty Becker, founder of the Fear Free Initiative. “Compassion-First is the first family of hospitals committed to training their more than 306 medical professionals across the country in Fear Free. This level of commitment sends a strong message to every practitioner, that it’s not possible to provide for the physical well-being of pets without equal attention to their emotional well-being.”
The Fear Free initiative currently involves a 160-member advisory panel comprised of 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, hospital and animal shelter designers, and other experts.
“The excitement for Fear Free is shared throughout all our hospitals across the country,” said Dr. John Corsale, Chief Operating Officer at Compassion-First Pet Hospitals. “From the very beginning, we knew there was a complement to our vision and mission. We have already trained and certified 105 team members, and we have many more to go, but it is well worth the effort for the pets, the owners and our people.”
Compassion-First Pet Hospitals are a family of hospitals found in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
Veterinary professionals can visit fearfreepets.com to sign up and begin the Fear Free Certification Program.