Indian River Veterinary Hospital is very proud to announce that all of our staff members are Fear Free certified professionals.

IRVH was the first veterinary hospital in Hampton Roads to bestow this distinction. 


This program, developed by hand-selected, 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, teaches veterinary professionals how to provide calming environments for their patients and educate clients on the advantages of a Fear Free visit for the health and well-being of their pets (as well as that of the pet owner and the hospital team). 


The program is a rigorous 9 hour commitment requiring testing and a passing test score after each phase of training. 



Compassionate Veterinary Care            Because We Love Them Too

THE FEAR FREE INITIATIVE


WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? 


Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.

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. The end result? Calmer, more accepting patients, more compliant clients, and better veterinary care.