We are excited to be the first to earn Fear Free Practice Certification in WNC!

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is dedicated to decreasing stress, anxiety, and fear in our patients while offering the best medical care possible. You may have noticed over the years the big and small changes in the practice that have led to us earning Fear Free Practice Certification. Small things such as offering treats, kongs, mats, hiding spaces, allowing cats to stay in their carriers or dogs in their family's lap, pre-visit medications, and changes in handling techniques, and larger factors like the design of the practice to include separate cat and dog areas have made a huge difference in patient care.

Our staff has worked very hard on not only becoming individually Fear Free certified but implementing and practicing low stress and Fear Free techniques when working with our patients.

In addition to having individual Fear Free Certified Professionals on staff, Fear Free Practice Certification requires the practice to meet 27 mandatory standards and earn a minimum of 1,070 points out of a possible 2,060 from another 28 standards. Some standards require as many as 9 action items to be met. We have been working toward meeting these standards over the past several years, and are very excited to have achieved practice certification!

Founded by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free training program was developed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board-certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and board-certified veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods

“Providing veterinarians and their staff with the tools they need to ease this burden of fear and anxiety for our patients is the pinnacle of my 37-year veterinary career,” said Dr. Becker, who was dubbed “America’s Veterinarian” by Dr. Oz and appeared on Good Morning America for 17 years. “Veterinary professionals are hungry for this information. Animals and their humans need and deserve it. And now it’s here!”

Visit www.fearfreepets.com and A Fear Free Visit at AHNA to learn more about Fear Free and how it helps your pet.


We have had 14 dogs over our lifetime and have seen many vets in many places. One of our current dogs is a former puppy mill breeding bitch. Before we adopted her, she had never been in a building. She lived her life chained to a fence. She is terrified in vet offices, and in at least one visit to another vet, she became almost catatonic with fear. This practice is by far the best we have ever seen at coping with a fear-filled dog.

Thank you so much for your comment. It means the world to us that we can provide a fear-free atmosphere for dogs and cats.