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Welcome a professional DVM speaker to your meeting experience! With more than 25 years of professional practice experience and an innovative approach to understanding and dealing with pet behavior, Dr. Sally Foote provides a lively, informative and thought-provoking addition to your meeting.  A well-regarded resource in practice and speaking, Dr. Foote enlightens audiences with a host of vibrant speaking topics and proven methodology toward teaching other professionals.

Benefit Your Audience, Hone Your Skills

Dr. Sally Foote brings wisdom and enlightenment to her audiences. She shares her passion for stress-less animal handling with candor and practical purpose. Listeners frequently comment on just how much they take away from the session.

Whether it’s a hands-on tip for better patient management or a specific attitude or approach that staff can bring to a given scenario, each of Dr. Foote’s presentations delivers useful and pertinent tools for a clinic’s success and their patients’ well-being.

Dr. Foote’s presentations provide:

  • Informative, innovative content
  • Unique approaches to animal care and handling
  • Experience in practical application of techniques in her own and other practices
  • Solid curriculum – continuing education credits available
  • Engaging PowerPoints with video and pictures

High-Standards, Professional Presentations

Dr. Foote’s programs offer exceptional educational value. Validated by RACE through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, many of her programs meet the strict criteria recognized and accepted by the profession. Dr. Foote is one of the few American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) veterinarians accepting behavior consults south of I-80 in Illinois. She holds additional accreditation as a Certified Feline Behavior Consultant (CFBC-IAABC).

Make your next speaker one your group will benefit from, remember and use those learnings for the benefit of their practices and patients. 

New Speaking Topics

Dr. Foote has recently added these sessions to her speaking series:

Case Studies using low stress handling on fractious cats in office

Actual cases with video demonstrating techniques used that reduced aggression in fractious cats in office.  Techniques, tools and the strategy to determine what low stress handling techniques would be best to use first will be discussed to help you have a game plan for the next fractious cat in the office.


Cast studies using low stress handling on aggressive dogs in office

Actual cases with video demonstrating using  positive muzzles, targeting tools, and other less stressful handling techniques that reduce aggression in the office.  Emphasis on pain reduction and how to combine rewards with muzzles and other safety tools to have a plan to reduce aggression during exams.


Start by not making the pet mad

What to avoid when handling pets to reduce aggression.  - How can you reduce stress during handling  if you are not sure of what is increasing it?   Examples of common handling techniques that unknowingly increase stress in dogs and cats so you can stop using them as a first step to more positive veterinary exams.  Simple adaptations to bridge from traditional handling to low stress handling that will reduce aggression and help other staff members see a different way of working.


Get “ accept bites, scratches and lunges”  out of the job description

Methods to incorporate safer handling for staff in job protocols and procedures.  Emphasis will be on owner/business manager leadership to  build a  step wise plan  incorporating  the use of positive handling techniques, in office pain reduction, pre exam medications, and when to fire a fractious patient.   Examples from real practices on how they made the change without spending a lot of time, money or added staff injury in the process.