Using the principles of Fear Free as a general practice vet, I gauge the body language of my patients and use certain types of gentle handling in order to reduce their stress. For example, many cats prefer to hide when they're scared, so I let them hide under a towel and take the top off the carrier instead of dumping them out if they don't want to walk out on their own. I also incorporate positive reinforcement with treats and toys throughout every pet's visit, and routinely recommend medications to reduce fear and stress whenever I see it, even for mild to moderate cases. Pets learn from their negative experiences and without intervention, their fear of the vet will escalate. The vast majority of aggressive pets that we see are reacting from fear, so a Fear Free approach reduces the likelihood of that happening.
If you want to learn more, check out these websites below. Maybe you can even shadow a vet at a Fear Free Certified Practice near you!
Do not worry about Aggressive or scared animals you will eventually get trained to deal with them and if you learn how to deal with them you do not worry abt anything.
I advice you just concentrate on your aim. you will learn what you need eventually.
All the best !!
That’s a great question, and as Priyanka said above, understanding animal behavior and techniques to deal with all kinds of behaviors are part of veterinary training, in veterinary school, some on-the-job training, as well as post-graduate continuing training. The specific techniques vary from species to species, but in general there are many techniques to deal with fearful animals. Some involve medications to decrease anxiety and some involve handling techniques to decrease fear and provide for everyone’s safety.
Part of your pre-vet school preparation will likely be volunteering or working in different clinical veterinary situations, and you will likely be exposed to a variety of these techniques. Depending on where you go to college, you might even find some animal behavior and handling classes to take.
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