‘Fear free’ vets for Aura
Soundproof rooms to stop stress
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.