A free webinar for veterinary professionals, being run as part of the International Society of Feline Medicine's campaign for all cats to receive post-neutering pain relief, attracted a record number of attendees. Nearly 3,000 registrants signed up to watch 'Neutering in practice: are your anaesthesia, analgesia and surgical protocols up to scratch?' an hour-long webinar presented by David Yates (Manchester RSPCA) and Jo Murrell (Reader in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Bristol University, UK), and supported by Boehringer Ingelheim.
The webinar is part of ISFM's current campaign 'Cats deserve pain relief too', which has been prompted by a study1 which revealed that perioperative analgesia following neutering was only given to 33% of cats compared with 75% of dogs, a statistic which ISFM is very keen to change. The webinar, which is still available to watch for free, highlights the reasons why many cats are not receiving postoperative analgesia, and encourages clinics to review their policies on prescribing analgesics for routine neutering procedures.
Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of International Cat Care (the parent charity of ISFM) said of the webinar: 'It is perhaps surprising, but very gratifying, that a webinar on neutering attracted our highest ever number of registrants. Veterinary professionals are keen to ensure that their neutering protocols are up to date, and that the post-operative needs of cats are being met. We hope that the success of this webinar will improve that shocking statistic of only 33% of cats receiving any kind of analgesia post-neutering'.
ISFM runs monthly webinars for all its veterinary members as part of its membership package, which also includes subscription to the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. In addition ISFM runs monthly webinars for ISFM nursing members (a free membership), together with several free access webinars for all veterinary professionals.
To watch the recent neutering webinar and to see a list of all upcoming webinars, visit: http://icatcare.org/learn/webinars. For further information on the 'Cats deserve pain relief too' campaign go to: http://icatcare.org/campaigns/cats-deserve-pain-relief-too and for information on ISFM membership visit: http://icatcare.org/isfm.
- Hunt JR, Knowles TG, Lascelles BD and Murrell JC. Prescription of perioperative analgesics by UK small animal veterinary surgeons in 2013. Vet Rec 2015; 176:493.
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About the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)
ISFM is the veterinary division of International Cat Care. ISFM aims to provide a worldwide resource for veterinarians on feline medicine and surgery.
About International Cat Care (iCatCare)
A charity dedicated to the health and welfare of cats.
The International Cat Care vision: All cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.
The International Cat Care mission: To engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.