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Suburban Animal Hospital Now Offers Fear Free Veterinary Care to Ease Pets’ Fear, Anxiety During Visits

Suburban Animal Hospital is part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear and anxiety that so many pets experience while at the veterinarian.

The Fear Free certification program takes a comprehensive approach to reducing stress during veterinary visits and decreasing anxiety for companion animals at home. Reducing fear, stress and anxiety during veterinary visits allows for enhanced patient and client experiences.

Stephanie Gilbert and Danielle Schnauber recently completed the Fear Free Certification Program.

"We sought Fear Free Certification to provide our clients and patients with calm, comfortable and stress free veterinary visits," Stephanie Gilbert said. "We've already been able to see a great deal of benefits from the program. Staff, clients and patients alike experience less stress and more fun at our practice. It's a great motivator for all staff members to see patients be more comfortable and therefore more cooperative; procedures which were once difficult or in some cases impossible for certain patients, are now done with ease."

Founded by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free training program was developed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board-certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and boarded veterinary practitioners with experience in Fear Free methods.

To become certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, eight-part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.

Pet owners who would like their pets to experience the Fear Free difference can schedule an appointment by calling 585-334-4230 or visiting

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