Veterinary Technician

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(VT1) Fear Free℠: Learning to Listen to Our Patients

Monday, March 5
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
MBCC, Banyan, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

General Veterinary Technician Session: How do cats and dogs perceive the veterinary hospital? What are they learning from their experiences at the hospital? If your patient could talk, what would he/she be saying right now? This presentation will help to answer these questions. Identifying how cats’ and dogs’ sensory perceptions vary from our own and how pleasant and unpleasant associations can be made, allows us to infer what it may be like to walk in their paws. Being able to recognize signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in your patients will open your eyes to hearing what your patients are trying to communicate.

Debbie Martin

Co-Owner
TEAM Education in Animal Behavior

Debbie Martin is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technician Specialist (Behavior), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Emeritus, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, as well as the Animal Behavior Technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations in Spicewood, TX and co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior. Debbie obtained a BS degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and was a preschool teacher before she went back to school to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a full-time Registered/Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1996 and has been the Animal Behavior Technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations since 2005. Debbie is the Past President and Treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. She is a member of The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Ms. Martin is a published author, and her writing has been featured in Today's Veterinary Technician, NAVTA Journal, and American Veterinarian. Ms. Martin is co-editor and a contributing author to the text Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses and Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice – Behavior. Ms. Debbie Martin and Dr. Kenneth Martin co-authored the Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog book and the acclaimed Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right for Instructors Course. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing with her dogs, and riding motorcycles!

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