Indiana’s only Fear Free veterinary clinic soothes with pheromones, whipped cream
Fear Free is part of a larger movement in veterinary medicine that looks to pay more attention to animals’ mental states. About a third of veterinary schools have animal behaviorists such as herself on their faculty, who teach similar methods, said Niwako Ogata, an associate professor at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Programs such as Fear Free help educate older vets or those who did not attend a school with a behaviorist on board, Ogata said. While every veterinarian strives to take animals’ psychological well-being into account sometimes they need a reminder of the best way to do that — and Fear Free helps provide that nudge, she added.
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