Welcome to the second annual Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium hosted by the San Francisco SPCA!

If you missed the live virtual event, you can participate by signing up for on demand. Here is what some of our attendees had to say:

"Valuable information—well presented by the speakers."
Pet Guardians Track Attendee
"Very informative and pertinent to my job. Gained so many good ideas."
Shelter Personnel Attendee
"The speakers were engaging, knowledgeable, and passionate. I learned new things at each session."
Veterinary Professionals Track Attendee

Don’t miss learning from experts in the veterinary and shelter industries! This virtual symposium focuses on the practical and environmental concepts of Fear Free® as well as the latest strategies and processes demonstrated in veterinary clinics and shelters today. Pet Guardian audiences will be treated to insights on how Fear Free practices can elevate animal interactions at home and in pet care environments. Shelter Personnel and Veterinary Professionals Tracks qualify for RACE CE.

Register for on demand access today! You will have access to the recorded sessions from 2/21 through 5/18.

Three Tracks/Three Audiences

Pet Guardians

$9.99

Gain insight on how Fear Free® practices can elevate animal interactions at home and in pet care environments. Learn about the importance of your pet’s emotional well-being as well as how to handle common behavior problems, how to provide stimulating pet enrichment, and what to know for newly adopted pets—all from world-renown experts in the veterinary and animal behavior fields. The first 2 sessions focus on felines, and the last 2 on canines. The keynote session at 3:15 pm PT addresses both feline and canine behaviors. Each session includes a live Q&A portion to address any questions you might have.

Shelter Personnel

$149

Attendees of this track will be guided through different Fear Free® Shelter concepts and techniques. From learning to “speak cat” to identifying fear, anxiety, stress, and frustration in pets to communicating with and educating the public, there are beneficial sessions for any individual working in or with an animal shelter or rescue. Presented by experts in shelter medicine, these sessions are realistic, science-based, and motivating to give you everything you need to make your shelter the best it can possibly be—not only for pets, but for staff and volunteers as well. Each session includes a live Q&A portion to address any questions you might have. Completion of these sessions qualifies as up to 8 hours of RACE CE.

Veterinary Professionals

$295

Whether you are new to Fear Free® or are a longtime member, you will not want to miss these topics or speakers. There will be two sub-tracks that play simultaneously for a total of 16 sessions. Those registering for the Veterinary Professionals track will get to choose which sessions to attend live and which to watch after the event. Presented by experts in veterinary medicine, this track will take a deep dive into behavior as well as cover a variety of different specialties, all with a Fear Free twist. Each session includes a live Q&A portion to address any questions you might have. Completion of these sessions qualifies as up to 16 hours of RACE CE.

FAQ

The Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium is made up of three tracks: pet guardians, shelter personnel, and veterinary professionals. Tickets for each track are sold separately. When you register for a specific track, you will have access to all of the sessions within that track during the live event and on demand for 90 days after. If you would like to have access to every session in each track in the symposium, you need to register for all three tracks.

If you have already registered for 1 track, make sure you “log out” in the top right corner. Once you have done so, you will see a “register now” button on the top. You can then register for a second track.

Registration is available on mobile devices. Although it is highly recommended that you use a laptop or desktop to view the symposium sessions, you will be able to use a mobile device for viewing.

The Veterinary and Shelter track sessions will be RACE-approved.

Veterinary Professionals Track – 16 RACE-approved CE hours
Shelter Personnel Track – 8 RACE-approved CE hours

Veterinary Track – 16 RACE CE hours
Shelter Track – 8 RACE CE hours
Pet Guardian – None

You will receive a RACE-approved certificate of completion for each session you complete in full. RACE certificates will be sent out within 2 weeks of the live event and then on a monthly basis until the 90 days of on demand are up.

The Veterinary Professionals track includes 16 sessions that stream simultaneously. Those registering for the Veterinary Professionals track will get to choose which sessions to attend live and which to watch after the event. You will be able to access all of the sessions on demand for 90 days after the symposium.

All sessions will be streamed in Pacific Standard Time.

Yes. There may be overlapping topics, but all session presentations will be new for this event.

Full refunds are available up to 7 days before the live event. 50% refunds will be available within the 7 days prior to the event. No refunds will be available starting February 12, 2022. For any purchasing questions/issues, please contact specialevents@sfspca.org

You will receive a unique link to view the event the moment you finish registering. You will also receive this link in reminder emails that will be sent prior to the event weekend.

The platform’s video and audio streams adapt to the attendee’s internet speed. If you are able to watch an online video on other platforms, you should not experience any issues on BigMarker.

All of your registered track sessions will remain available to you on demand through the main event registration site for 90 days following the live event.

Please contact specialevents@sfspca.org for general event questions.

For any purchasing questions/issues, please contact specialevents@sfspca.org

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