Opening Session Speaker
Dr. Marty Becker
Our official 2018 Opening Session Speaker will be speaking to the topic of ‘Fear Free Brings the Powerful "5th Dimension" to Vet Med’
Thursday, September 20th from 5 – 6pm
In the past four decades we’ve had four transformations in companion animal practice. First was “feline medicine” followed by complete “oral health care.” These were followed by a focus on “preventive healthcare” and “multi-modal pain management.” All of these combined aren’t as large as the latest transformation in veterinary medicine and that is providing Fear Free veterinary visits. After eight years of development by a team of over 225 professionals and six of successful in-practice deployment, over 25,000 individuals are now registered for Fear Free certification. Income is up and injuries are down. Medicine has dramatically improved along with team morale. It's fun to go to work because you can love animals you see and now they love you right back! Finally, something where everybody wins; the pet, pet owner, practitioners, practice and the profession.
“Do well by doing good!”
Who is Dr. Marty Becker? Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. He is the founder of Fear FreeSM, an initiative 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.
Dr. Becker was the resident veterinary contributor on “Good Morning America” for 17 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association as well as its Chief Veterinary Correspondent, a founding member of Core Team Oz for “The Dr. Oz Show,” and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Panel. He has written 25 books that have sold almost 8 million copies, including three New York Times best-sellers — one of which is the fastest-selling pet book of all time, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul. He has been a contributor to Parade magazine, Reader’s Digest and AARP.com. Animal Radio hosts him monthly as their Chief Veterinary Correspondent.
He also writes the weekly nationally syndicated newspaper feature Pet Connection with his writing partner, Kim Campbell Thornton, and is featured in Dogster, Catster, and on Vetstreet.com.
Dr. Becker is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and also at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at both Colorado State University and the University of Missouri. Additionally, he has lectured at every veterinary school in the United States, and is on the advisory board of World Vets, an international veterinary and disaster relief programs to help animals.
A passionate advocate for the human-animal bond, Dr. Becker serves as an adjunct professor at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is an honorary board member of Pet Partners and the Humane Society of New York, as well as a past board member and strong supporter of his local pet rescue group, Second Chance Animal Adoption of Bonner Ferry, ID, and a supporter of the Panhandle Animal Shelter in Sandpoint, ID, the Kootenai Humane Society in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and the Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman, WA.
Dr. Becker also serves as the Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Association, with a strong focus on supporting their efforts to end the use of gas chambers in animal shelters, a cause for which he has successfully advocated since his earliest days as a veterinarian. His special fondness for older pets has led him to a spot on the Advisory Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization, which is dedicated to helping homeless senior dogs.
He practices at North Idaho Animal Hospital because he loves veterinary medicine, pets and the people who care for them.
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