Stillwater Fear Free Veterinarian

Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?

Rivertown Animal Hospital is part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets experience while at the veterinarian.

Known as Fear FreeSM, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.

“Veterinary medicine is my love and my passion. It is extremely rewarding to lead a team of professionals who love animals, love their jobs, and strive to provide the best care for our patients and their families. Rivertown was built to reflect this level of care, from the state-of-the-art technology to the comfortable setting for our clients.”
Dr. Ginger Garlie

To become Fear Free certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.

What do our clients think?

The staff did a wonderful job in a difficult time with Dakota. Dr Howe who we had not seen Dakota or dealt with her in the past did a fantastic job and I definitely am glad she had the approach and manner in which she dealt with this situation. I have shared with all my coworkers what a wonderful vet this place is. – Keit E.

Pet owners who would like their pets to experience the Fear Free difference can schedule an appointment by calling (651) 430-2229, or scheduling an appointment online.

More About Fear Free

Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear FreeSM initiative aims 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. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. Learn more at