‘Fear free’ vets for Aura

Sound­proof rooms to stop stress

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

WELL-known Sun­shine Coast vet­eri­nar­i­ans Sebastian Olasek and Annabel Shep­herd have re­vealed plans to build an in­no­va­tive Fear Free vet­eri­nary clinic at Stock­land’s Aura Busi­ness Park.

The ground-break­ing con­cept in vet­eri­nary health care orig­i­nated in Amer­ica and aims to re­duce an animal’s fear and anx­i­ety around vet­eri­nary vis­its through mea­sures in­clud­ing keep­ing cats and dogs com­pletely sep­a­rated from each other.

The new Aura Busi­ness Park clinic will in­clude sep­a­rate cat and dog wait­ing ar­eas, con­sult­ing rooms and hos­pi­tal wards, with sound­proof­ing through­out to help re­duce stress in both cats and dogs.

Dr Olasek and Dr Shep­herd said the Fear Free con­cept had only re­cently been in­tro­duced to Aus­tralia and this would be the first clinic of its kind on the Sun­shine Coast.

“We wanted to do some­thing spe­cial at Aura Busi­ness Park and our pur­pose-built clinic will be a friendly, well-equipped fa­cil­ity with highly ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als pro­vid­ing a wide range of spe­cialised ser­vices,” Dr Olasek said.

Dr Shep­herd said el­e­ments of the Fear Free ini­tia­tive were al­ready be­ing in­cor­po­rated into their ex­ist­ing prac­tice, Chan­cel­lor Park Vet­eri­nary Surgery at Tanawha.

“Highly stressed an­i­mals are given med­i­ca­tion be­fore vis­its to re­duce their anx­i­ety and an­i­mals are han­dled in a gen­tle, force-free man­ner

with plenty of treats pro­vided to make vis­its a more pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence,” Dr Shep­herd said.

“Our new clinic will com­ple­ment our cur­rent prac­tice while of­fer­ing ad­di­tional ser­vices and pro­ce­dures. Aura Busi­ness Park pro­vides the pos­si­bil­ity for new in­no­va­tions and we’re aim­ing to build a clinic that is also en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.”

Dr Olasek and Dr Shep­herd have been op­er­at­ing vet­eri­nary prac­tices on the Sun­shine Coast to­gether for 30 years.

Our new clinic will com­ple­ment our cur­rent prac­tice while of­fer­ing ad­di­tional ser­vices and pro­ce­dures — Dr Shep­herd

AMIMAL MAGIC: There are plans to build an in­no­va­tive Fear Free vet­eri­nary clinic at Stock­land’s Aura Busi­ness Park.

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