Here at Harrison Family Vets, we really do believe that Pets are family. We know all too well that some pets find the trip to the vets incredibly stressful and fear inducing, with some of our own pets feeling that way too! We also know how upsetting and stressful it is for you as their pet parent to put them through these visits, so we are committed to finding a way in which this fear, stress and anxiety can be reduced for all involved!
Fear Free is an international organisation that provides education and inspiration for veterinary professionals, pet professionals and pet owners. It was founded in 2016 by Dr Marty Becker, a famous vet in who resides in the USA, and is extremely passionate about how we treat pets in veterinary practice. Their aim is to educate on areas such as emotional wellbeing of our pets, enrichment and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS).
At Harrison Family Vets, we strongly believe that this is the way to practice veterinary medicine, so all our team members (including the non-clinical team) have undergone training to become qualified as Certified Fear Free Practitioners to help you and your pets. We are passionate in our mission to protect our patient’s emotional wellbeing, which means that they are healthier, and much happier to visit our teams! It also means that as a pet owner you will have a more enjoyable visit to the vets and as a veterinary team we see real gains, we really do not enjoy seeing pets stressed either!
We truly believe in the Fear Free mission to “take the pet out of petrified” and it is a fundamental part of our culture. We will be developing this mission over the coming months and will aim to share our success stories with you along with a series of helpful videos with hints and tips as to how you can help your pet to have a Fear Free visit to our veterinary practice. We will also keep you updated on the changes we make to our clinics and our approach to treating your pets to reduce the FAS.