Fear Free Veterinary Certification Programs

Individual certification is the first step for any veterinary professional interested in implementing Fear Free principles in practice.

Fear Free currently offers the veterinary certification programs listed below. Click “Learn More” to find out more information about each program. Veterinary professionals can register for any program of their liking to become a Fear Free Certified Professional and gain complimentary access to the other veterinary certification programs.

All of the veterinary certification programs are designed for all individuals employed at a practice from veterinarians and veterinary nurses/technicians to customer service representatives and practice managers. The certification programs are seen as the foundation for Fear Free and designed to give individuals the knowledge and tools required to start implementing Fear Free in their workplace.

As a Fear Free Certified Professional, you will:

  • Reduce or remove anxiety triggers that can cause pets to become fearful at home, in transport, and at the veterinary hospital
  • Help owners deliver calm pets to your hospital
  • Enhance the quality of medicine in your practice
  • Increase compliance
  • Improve safety for the veterinary team

Choose your desired certification program below to learn more.

Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program

The Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program teaches veterinary healthcare professionals how to eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress for happier patients, more compliant clients, and safer veterinary healthcare teams.

Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program – Avian

The Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program – Avian empowers all avian veterinary professionals—whether you see one bird per year or 1,000—to make visits far less stressful for birds.

Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program – Equine

The Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program – Equine helps reduce injuries to veterinary staff and horses, improve the health and wellbeing of patients, and earn your clients’ lasting trust and commitment.

Veterinary Certification Requirements

In order to earn Fear Free certification, veterinary professionals must successfully complete the online certification program. To uphold your certification, you must:

1. Earn 4 additional hours of Fear Free-specific CE annually.

2. Maintain an active membership via an annual renewal fee. Your renewal fee is due annually from the date you initially register and pay for the Fear Free Certification Program. Keep an eye out for reminder emails and instructions on how to pay your renewal fee.

Earning the Elite Fear Free Certified Professional Designation

Becoming an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional is for veterinary members who want to go above and beyond in their commitment to Fear Free. Elite Fear Free Certified Professionals are individuals who are continually committed to a higher level of education. In short, it is an opportunity to set yourself apart from the rest.

The requirements to become an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional are…

  • Completion of an individual veterinary certification program
  • Completing 35 hours of Fear Free veterinary CE available through the veterinary membership or at industry events and/or conferences
  • Continuing to earn 4 additional hours of Fear Free CE annually
  • Maintaining an active Fear Free membership via an annual renewal fee

To track your progress toward becoming an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, follow the CE tracker on your Member Homepage. Once you earn the required 35 Fear Free CE hours, you will receive a congratulatory email (where you can claim your free Elite kit) and an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional badge on your Member Homepage.

Your Fear Free membership gives you exclusive access to an amazing range of additional benefits.

Additional RACE-Approved CE Courses
Deepen your Fear Free knowledge and earn CE by taking our additional courses.

Private Facebook Group
Leverage the Fear Free community to ask for advice, solve tough cases, share tips, and participate in fun contests.

Fear Free Toolbox
Find logos, marketing resources, client education handouts, and more.

Online Store
Show off your hard-earned certification, educate clients, and give your staff the resources they need to succeed with all of the swag, handouts, posters, and more.

Fear Free Education Library
Get access to articles, videos, podcasts, and more to expand your Fear Free knowledge.

Fear Free Job Board
Find a job with a like-minded employer in our job listings that are exclusively for Fear Free Certified Professionals or find that Fear Free champion for your practice.

Webinars & Podcasts
Browse our webinars and podcasts for a deep dive into Fear Free-related topics, industry updates, practice certification, and more.

Fear Free Preferred Product Program
Gain access to preferential pricing on products and services that are aligned with Fear Free protocols, procedures, and recommendations.

Purchase Veterinary Certification Program Memberships

Group purchases for veterinary memberships can be mixed and matched
(i.e., you can select 5 of one veterinary program and 10 of another veterinary program and receive the 15-member pricing).




























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