Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice is proud to be a part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets experience while seeing the veterinarian. Known as Fear Free™, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and techniques to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.
Dr. Carmack, Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional, Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice

Dr. Carmack is a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional with Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice.

“The Fear Free program is a reflection of pet families and the entire veterinary community wanting to do better by our pets.” says Dr. Carmack, Medical Director at Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice. “Our practice is designed to provide comfort-based palliative care for elderly, geriatric, and terminal patients in their own home, where they can be Fear Free. We have completed the extensive training program to demonstrate our dedication to this movement within the veterinary community and as a promise to our clients and patients to do everything we can to provide high-quality medical care without the stress of traditional veterinary visits.”

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 experienced in Fear Free methods. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. Learn more at www.fearfreepets.com.

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.

Fear Free Certified Professional Pledge, Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice

The Fear Free Certified Professional Pledge.



If you have a senior pet who might be more comfortable with Fear Free veterinary care,

please contact Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice at 757-474-5968.


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