Love cats and want to learn more? Then join International Cat Care and the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors for a weekend of fascinating feline talks.
Saturday 16th September – iCatCare Feline Day
Sunday 17th September – iCatCare/APBC Day: Problem behaviour – it’s a team approach
Our expert speakers:
- Trudi Atkinson, VN, cat behaviour counsellor and APBC member
- Sarah Ellis, iCatCare feline behavior specialist
- Sarah Endersby, iCatCare Veterinary Development
- Lauren Finka, University of Lincoln and cat welfare consultant
- Celia Haddon, author and cat behaviour counsellor
- Vicky Halls, VN, author, cat behaviour counsellor and APBC member
- Karen Hiestand, University of Surrey
- Jamie Rushton, veterinary surgeon and clinical behaviour Specialist
- Linda Ryan, VN with a special interest in behavior and training
- Andy Sparkes, iCatCare Veterinary Director
- Sam Taylor, iCatCare Veterinary Nurse Distance Education Manager
Day 1 – Saturday 16th September
iCatCare Feline Day
From hospital to home – managing and supporting a cat with arthritis
The super fosterer – how fostering cats can benefit their wellbeing
The ultimate challenge – a stress-free vet visit
Cats and wildlife
Ethical dilemmas – ‘natural mutation’ or a breed too far?
From hospital to home – care for the cat with kidney disease
Ethical dilemmas – outdoor/indoor lifestyles, cat cafes and others
Desperate house cats – the less obvious consequences of keeping cats indoors (case studies)
Day 2 – Sunday 17th September
iCatCare/APBC Day: Problem behaviour – it’s a team approach
International Cat Care, working with the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, has planned a day with a difference! Instead of the usual conference format, a problem behaviour case (fictional but based on true events) will be presented (see right), shown through the eyes of the people involved in the management of the case. The aim is to show how all the different professions are involved in a case, how decisions they make can influence the case (for better or worse) and how they need to work together to get the best outcome for the owner and the cat. Sarah Ellis from iCatCare will compere the day and there will be input from various experts and discussion during the day.
An owner has two cats, a Korat, aged 13 years, obtained many years ago from a breeder, and a six month old domestic shorthair kitten acquired from a friend of a friend whose moggy was not neutered in time and was mated by a local stray tom. The owner contacts the vet because the young cat appears to be urinating and defecating outside the litter tray. The vet suggests the in-house nurse takes the case as she has an interest in behaviour and has been to some weekend seminars on the subject. And so the case unfolds to also include a homing centre.
Part 1: The case is explained using short videos from the owner and different people involved in the case, explaining the decisions they made and what happened. Delegates are asked to note down all the points where they think good or poor decisions have been made or where problems could potentially occur
Part 2: Open discussion with delegate input
Part 3: Case revisited with expert speakers from different professions talking about what their role is in the prevention and treatment of problem behaviour and how the case could have developed differently
Part 3 continued
Bringing it all together – Vicky Halls
Summary – Sarah Ellis
The conference is being held at the newly opened Birmingham Conference and Events Centre which is just outside New Street Station in Birmingham, making rail travel very easy for delegates.
The conference centre is attached to the Holiday Inn. Rooms can be booked at the special rate of £94 (inc. breakfast & VAT) using the Group Code: C13 when making your reservation.
Weekend cost: £140
One day only: £80
Includes refreshments and buffet lunch, CPD certificate of attendance and access to online downloadable proceedings (Saturday only) 2 weeks before the conference weekend.
How to book
Please make your booking via our online registration form
For enquiries about the conference, please contact Nikki Jones on +44 (0)1747 871872
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations MUST be made in writing and will be subject to a £20 administration charge. Cancellations made after 16 August 2017 will not be refunded unless at the organiser’s discretion.