We are excited to welcome

Linda Ryan 

DipAVN (Medical) VTS (Oncology) RVN, KPA-CTP/Faculty

from Inspiring Pet Teaching

with a one day seminar

Working towards a Fear Free Practice - it takes a team!

 Saturday 30th June 2018

£75 per person

 Venue:Alresford Village Hall, Essex

What is Fear Free? 


Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners.  Our courses provide learners and pet lovers with the knowledge and tools to not only look after a pet’s physical well-being, but her emotional well-being as well. We know we must feed the pet’s mind as well as the body so we make sure that in-home enrichment and Fear Free training are front-and-center with pet professionals and pet owners alike.

Founded by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, with over 25,000 veterinary and pet professionals committed to becoming Fear Free certified.

The Seminar Synopsis

The day will begin with an introduction to the concepts & theory of Fear Free, then work through some of the practicalities for use in day-to-day life.


We will cover what owners can do to prepare pets for life, what veterinary staff can & should know & do; the trainer/behaviour professional’s role; the power of a team; & time for questions & answers too.  More info ......

Certification Discount

Included in your seminar fee you are offered a fantastic discount of 20% of the certification course.   If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please indicate this on the booking form.  PLEASE NOTE: The fee includes  the discount code that will be given out at the seminar  To find out more about the course and certification. please visit the Fear Free website.

Fear Free in Action

                             for Vet Teams                                                                             for Pet Owners

or visit the FEAR FREE Website

What will be covered on the day?

  • What is Fear Free?

    • Why does it matter?

    • How can it help us, as well as our patients/pets?

  • Welfare, quality of life, ethics & the 5 freedoms

    • Most positive, least intrusive effective intervention

    • Our professional responsibilities

    • Issues surrounding training & regulation

  • The power of the team

  • What we can/should do

    • Body language, behaviour, communication

    • Species specific considerations

    • Choice & control

    • Handling & restraint

  • Practical strategies for success

    • Environment

    • Pre-visit preparation

    • Early learning

    • Pre-teaching

      • What to teach

      • How to teach (positive reinforcement; don’t push it! demos are important!)

    • Counter conditioning, desensitisation

    • On-the-fly teaching

    • Out-of-context training, & when to refer

  • The implications of “just get it done”

  • But what’s the alternative??

    • A discussion on medical & complimentary options

  • Bringing it all together

  • Discussion/questions & answers


About the Speaker

Linda Ryan has been a veterinary nurse for 18 years, much of which has been in specialist/referral centres. She has specialist/advanced nursing qualifications, including the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical), & the Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology.

Linda feels that veterinary nursing & behavioural health & welfare go hand-in-hand, & her interest in training & behaviour has evolved over her nursing career as she became more aware of its importance to patient’s needs in their veterinary care. In 2012, Linda became a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour, & is now proud to be faculty member at the Academy. She has since gone on to further advance her training & education in behaviour, & is currently credentialing for a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior.

She owns & runs Inspiring Pet Teaching, aimed at pet & owner training & education, as well as CPD provision - she regularly writes & presents for the veterinary press & at CPD events for VNs, pet professionals & owners. 


View her website here


More information

A light lunch & refreshments are included.

Group Bookings

Please email karen@guidingpaws.co.uk if you wish to block book 5 places or more for which we will offer a discount