Valley Veterinary Hospital

437 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776


Fear Free

Fear Free Certification Program

Through a strategic alliance, AAHA is proud to provide the corporate home for the Fear Free™ Certification Program, available through VetFolio (VetFolio is a joint venture of AAHA and NAVC). AAHA believes that veterinary visits don’t have to be stressful for pets and their people; by giving veterinary professionals the tools and education they need to reduce the stress associated with veterinary visits, more pet owners will be able to get their pets to the veterinary hospital for the care they need.

Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. The end result? Calmer, more accepting patients, more compliant clients, and better veterinary care.

AAHA is proud to be a part of this transformative initiative to make sure pets are getting the veterinary care they need. Learn more at