Video on Demand by Karen Pryor Clicker Training | Pet-Friendly Vet Hospitals (ClickerExpo Video On Demand)

The Welcome Mat: Create More Pet-Friendly Vet Hospitals

The veterinary community is becoming more aware of the importance of establishing veterinary visits free of fear and stress for their patients. As this happens, many veterinary staff members will be seeking assistance from a professional trainer, someone who can help implement the concepts into reality. That can be YOU!

This Session will explore the veterinary hospital from the pet’s point of view and provide suggestions on how to make the environment and social interactions more pet-friendly. These are practical tips you can then pass on to the veterinary teams in your town, helping to establish or strengthen the behavior healthcare team relationship.

Debbie Martin

Debbie Martin is a licensed Veterinary Technician in Texas, as well as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior (VTS-Behavior). She has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996, and worked in private practice for 14 years.

Since 2005 Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, during behavior consultations.

Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.

She is a contributing author and co-editor of the textbook Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Wiley-Blackwell. Debbie and Dr. Martin have also authored a book on normal development and training for dogs: Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. The pair also authored the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. The course provides not only the thorough knowledge necessary to provide puppy socialization classes, but also a complete curriculum with supplemental materials. Debbie’s combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine and the Fear Free initiative. Debbie is honored to be representing veterinary technicians and animal trainers on the Fear Free executive committee and also a subject matter expert for Fear Free Pets. When she is not seeing clients, writing, or speaking, Debbie enjoys spending time at home with her husband and three Belgian Malinois on their 5-acre property, aptly named the Malamo, in Spicewood, Texas or exploring the beautiful hill country of Texas on her motorcycle!