Course Information

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17 September 2019 09:30 - 17 September 2019 17:00

Fear free practice - working towards better vet visits

The British Racing School, Snailwell Road, Newmarket Cambridgeshire, CB8 7NU

We will begin with an introduction to the concepts & theory of Fear Free, then work through some of the practicalities for use in day-to-day life. We will cover what owners can do to prepare pets for life, what veterinary staff can & should know & do, the roles of the trainer/behaviour professional, and the power of a team. There will also be time for questions and answers.

The day will cover:

o    What is Fear Free?  
o    Why does it matter?
o    How can it help us, as well as our patients/pets?
o    Welfare, quality of life, ethics & the 5 freedoms
o    Most positive, least intrusive effective intervention
o    Our professional responsibilities
o    Issues surrounding training & regulation
o    The power of the team
o    What we can/should do
o    Body language, behaviour, communication
o    Species specific considerations
o    Choice & control
o    Handling & restraint
o    Practical strategies for success
o    Environment
o    Pre-visit preparation
o    Early learning
o    Pre-teaching
o    What to teach
o    How to teach (positive reinforcement; don’t push it! demos are important!)
o    Counter conditioning, desensitisation
o    On-the-fly teaching
o    Out-of-context training, & when to refer
o    The implications of “just get it done”
o    But what’s the alternative??  
o    A discussion on medical & complimentary options
o    Bringing it all together
o    Discussion/questions & answers

This course is kindly sponsored by Fear Free

Speaker: Linda Ryan VTS(onc) ADipABM DipAVN(medical) KPA-CTP RVN VTS (behaviour)

Intended for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses.  This course is also suitable for the veterinary support team and anyone with an interest in behaviour.


Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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