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ISFM / CVE Feline Medicine Distance Education Course


Online Distance Education


Non-members: From AU$7550
ISFM members: From AU$6750


If cats could talk, they’d be the first to tell you that they require refined, particular and focused care.

An unwell cat poses many unique challenges to the small animal practitioner and the difference between managing canine and feline patients (in both the art and the science of veterinary medicine) is well recognised.

This course is designed to reinforce, deepen and broaden your knowledge of feline medicine in a practical, interactive and enjoyable way. In addition, it will provide you with valuable information to make your practice more feline friendly. Cement your knowledge with the case-focused workshop.

The Feline Medicine Distance Education course is truly an international course. Depending on your location, once you enrol you will join a cohort of participants in your part of the world. The CVE has partnered with ISFM to provide and promote the Feline Medicine Distance Education course in UK and Europe. The CVE has also partnered with the AAFP to promote this course in the US and Canada.

Below are the key dates and information for the 2022-23 Feline Medicine Distance Education intake.

Learning outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common feline disease
  • Expand your knowledge on unusual feline conditions
    Gain increased confidence in handling feline patients gained through a range of practical advice
  • Review important developments in feline medicine
  • Better understand key differences when dealing with certain disease conditions in cats versus dogs
  • Better understand the pathophysiological responses of cats and gain the special skills needed to confidently treat your tricky feline patients.


Modules will commence every 2 months:

Modules delivered in 2022

  1. February: Dermatology
  2. April: Respiratory disease
  3. June: Cardiology
  4. August: Gastrointestinal disease
  5. October: Infectious disease

Modules delivered in 2023

  1. February: Urinary tract disease
  2. April: Endocrine disorders
  3. June: Neurology/Musculoskeletal
  4. August: Haematology/Immunology
  5. October: Oncology

This distance education course includes an optional 2-day practical workshop which is held each year in Australia, UK and USA. Dates to be confirmed.


The 10-module programme is delivered over two years, starting in February 2022. Each new module will commence every two months. Course material consists of expertly written and regularly updated notes, with assignments and supplemental journal reading. There are no formal exams. Instead, individual feedback and advice will be provided by your tutor, following the completion of each module. Email discussion forums will complement the learning experience, as will optional interactive workshops to draw out and consolidate the knowledge you have developed.

The course runs from February until November the following year.


This course provides up to 348 CPD points

RACE Approved 

This program 1147-35183 was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 344 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call CVE +61 2 9351 7979 for further questions.



Myles McKenna
Sarah Spencer


Jessica Quimby
BA (Anthropology and Zoology) DVM DACVIM PhD


Carolyn O’Brien
BVSc(Hons) MVetClinStud FACVS (Feline Medicine)
Katherine Briscoe
BVSc (Hons I) MVetStud (Small Animal Clinical Studies) FANZVS (Feline Medicine) Registered Specialist in Feline Medicine
Lara Boland
BVSc MANZCVS (Feline Medicine) Dipl. ECVIM-CA
Rachel Korman
Sally Coggins


I have thoroughly enjoyed the CVE Feline Medicine course. The course content, listserv and assignments have helped me to become a better vet. The tutors were fantastic and very encouraging. As a sole practice vet, I found this course exactly what I needed. This course was not just for vets in state of the art referral centres but catered for vets working in small clinics with very little diagnostic equipment.

Orla Fitzpatrick, Auckland NZ



Registrations are done directly via the CVE website.

You will need to login to the CVE website to register for this course. If you don’t have an account you can create one at no extra charge. Upon registering, you will be given the option to pay in full or pay a AU$1000 deposit. If you choose to pay the deposit, you will be emailed a receipt and information about the payment plan.

Price list

Course fees Member*
Super Early Bird
(June 30)
Early Bird
(October 31)
Full Rate
Non-member rate
Feline Medicine $6,750 $6,940 $7,120 $7,550

*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time Professional, Recent Graduate, and Academic members

All enquiries about this course should be done via CVE.