In 2019, Marshfield Animal Hospital began the process of implementing Fear Free methods into our practice.

Founded in 2016, the Fear Free method provides education to veterinary professionals and pet owners to help make vet visits better for pets by working to alleviate the fear, anxiety, and stress associated with the visit. It focuses on not only the physical well-being but also the emotional well-being of your pets. Our goal is to help your pets by making their experience at the vet positive so that they will be happy to come back and see us. We utilize our knowledge of pet body language and behavior and combine it with calming music, calming pheromones, lots of treats and we take the time to gain the trust of our patients.

Each team member of Marshfield Animal Hospital has undergone specialized training to become Fear Free Certified Professionals. Additional yearly training will need to be met for each staff member to retain their certification.

While having all Marshfield Animal Staff Certified in Fear Free was a wonderful accomplishment, we felt we could still do better. So we started working towards becoming a Fear Free Certified Practice.

Practice Certification takes Fear Free implementation to the next level – from an individual to a joint effort that requires the entire practice team to work together to safeguard the emotional wellbeing of their patients, clients, and team members. Certified Practices will have successfully implemented Fear Free into all aspects of their business. To meet this level of commitment and implementation, practices must measure up to the Fear Free Practice Standards.

After two years of hard work, Marshfield Animal Hospital is honored to now be a Fear Free Certified Practice! We are the first and only Fear Free Certified Practice on the South Shore and one of only eleven in all of New England.

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