At St. Bernard’s Animal Medical Center, we are constantly looking for ways to make our patients’ experience at the veterinary clinic more comfortable. Since our clinic opened in 2011, we have used numerous tools and techniques to reassure our patients and respect their natural instincts.
Because even most people (graced with reason and understanding) dread visiting their physician or dentist, we do not expect that every animal who visits our veterinary clinic will love to be there — although we do sometimes hear from clients that their dog gets super excited when it knows it’s arrived at the clinic! Nevertheless, if we succeed in reducing a pet’s anxiety a little bit at each visit we believe it will keep them, their owner and our staff safer while allowing us to provide excellent medical and surgical care.
Adoption of Dr. Sophia Yin’s Methods for Low Stress Handling
Dr. Yin was a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, author, and internationally renowned expert on Low Stress Handling™. Her “pet-friendly” techniques for animal handling and behavior modification, many of which she developed herself through the scientific method of research and rigorous testing, are shaping the new standard of care for veterinarians, petcare and other companion and farm animal professionals. She passed away in September of 2014 but her work and legacy lives on.
Blessed with the opportunity to learn directly from Dr. Yin at a two-day small animal behavior conference in 2013, Dr. Kim Everson has embraced the Low Stress Handling philosophy for pet health care. Through the use of posters, reference books on behavior and in-depth videos, which all clinic staff are required to watch prior to handling animals at our clinic, we strive to maintain a environment where animals and humans are safe and comfortable.
For more information about Dr. Sophia Yin’s legacy of Low Stress Handling, please visit: https://drsophiayin.com/philosophy/. Here you will also find resources for pet owners struggling with behavioral problems like separation anxiety, fear aggression, etc.