Behavior and Fear-Free℠ Initiative

What is the Fear Free Initiative?

The Fear FreeSM is training and certification program that helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.

Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear FreeSM 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. Learn more at

That sounds great, who is certified? 

Currently Dr. Adrienne E. Pesavento is the veterinarian that has been certified at Berkley Animal Clinic. She is helping the rest of the team transition to a gentler, kinder way to practice veterinary care.

What is the latest action are being taken place at Animal Hospital of Chesterfield? 

You may see some changes over the next few months. Mats on the examination tables to allow our furry friends more grip and less fear on the table. The music in the rooms will be focused more toward songs that are comforting to pets. Yes, playing classical music is really relaxing to our pets! We may offer your pet treats to calm them down. If you would like you can bring your own treats to the hospital. All of the changes we will be making are to help your furry friend to be more comfortable during their visit. 

Behavior Consultation Services, what is that?

Problem behaviors can range from leash reactivity and separation anxiety, to human aggression and unruly behavior. Many behaviors are actually symptoms to an outside source, or possible traumatic history in your pet’s past.  These behaviors can sometimes be untrained and replaced with a positive behavior or reaction. This will take professional training and a unique individualized plan, which is why we are here to help! 

Wow, I could really benefit from talking to someone about my pet, who should I ask for? 

Dr. Adrienne E. Pesavento has a special interest in behavior and offers consultations for almost any behavior issues; from unruly puppies to adult dogs with anxiety.  She will see all species for behavior issues, not just dogs and cats. She started her interest in behavior while working at the Michigan Humane Society and developed her knowledge and understanding in school at Ross University. She offers an approach that is a combination of medications and behavior modification, using positive reinforcement techniques.

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