The best minds in veterinary medicine present the latest in animal behavior at this virtual two-day conference

January 26, 2021 — The San Francisco SPCA’s Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium will help prevent fear, stress, and anxiety in pets by educating and inspiring those who care for them. The best minds in veterinary medicine will present virtually February 20 — 21 to three focused audiences: pet guardians, shelter personnel, and veterinary professionals.

Pet guardians will learn about the importance of their pet’s emotional wellbeing, common behavior problems, enrichment, and tips for improving their animal’s quality of life. Shelter and veterinary professionals will learn how to integrate Fear Free concepts into their everyday work, such as identifying fear, animal handling techniques, and pain management.

The symposium features Fear Free experts from the veterinary and shelter world, including renowned Fear Free founder Dr. Marty Becker and board-certified SF SPCA veterinary behaviorists Drs. Jeannine Berger and Wailani Sung.

“The Fear Free Symposium will give attendees a better understanding of how they can help the animals in their care,” explained Dr. Berger. “We will teach practical ways to incorporate Fear Free concepts, whether you’re a pet guardian or animal welfare expert.”

Developed by hundreds of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice.

“I founded Fear Free in 2016 to help give people the tools to look after both a pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing,” said Dr. Becker. “The Fear Free Symposium will make this information more widely available so even more pets can have a better life.”

RACE CE credit will be available for both the shelter and veterinary sessions.

Pricing for the various tracks is $9.99 for pet guardians, $149 for shelter personnel, and $295 for veterinary professionals.

Learn more and register at

Symposium hashtag: #SFSPCAFearFree


About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding.

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About Fear Free

Founded by Dr. Marty Becker and developed by hundreds of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free® offers online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, animal shelter staff and volunteers, and pet owners. Fear Free provides both professionals and pet lovers alike with the knowledge and tools to look after a pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Veterinary or pet professionals can learn more about becoming Fear Free Certified® by visiting Pet owners can visit to access free videos, articles, and more that will help improve the physical and emotional health of their pets right at home. Shelter, rescue, and animal welfare employees and volunteers can visit to enroll in the complimentary program.