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Cats, carers and clinics, what’s new in the field?
Sunday 27th June 2021 
15:30- 15:45 GMT+1 Life in a pandemic: Cat owner perspectives on feline behaviour and wellbeing Sarah Caney
15:45- 15:50 GMT+1 Live Q&A Sarah Caney
15:50 – 16:05 GMT+1 Cat Friendly Clinics are good for cats, owners and the clinic team. Is it good for business? Alison Lambert
16:05- 16:10 GMT+1 Live Q&A  Alison Lambert
16:10-16:25 GMT+1 The Mercury Challenge: Measuring Feline SBP in primary practice in more than 10 000 cats! Andrew Sparkes
16:25 – 16:30 GMT+1 Live Q&A Andrew Sparkes

Sarah M. A. Caney BVSc PhD DSAM (Feline) MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Sarah Caney is an internationally recognised specialist in feline medicine who has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She trained as a specialist at the University of Bristol and is one of twelve recognised specialists in feline medicine working within the UK. Sarah has written or co-written four books published by her business Vet Professionals ( including ‘Caring for an elderly cat’ and ‘Caring for a cat with chronic kidney disease’. Sarah conducts online owner surveys and has published much of her research results in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.


Alison Lambert BVSc CMRS MRCVS – Onswitch Founder

A Yorkshire farmer’s daughter, Alison qualified as a vet from Liverpool University in 1989. She worked in practice for several years before pursuing a career with Hills Pet Nutrition and MARS, discovering the customer experience passion that led her to establish Onswitch in 2001.

Alison is Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. She is published widely, regularly speaks at key international veterinary congresses and events, and was given the AVA’s Veterinary Business Thought Leader award in 2019.

Dr Andrew H Sparkes BVetMed PhD DipECVIM MANZCVS MRCVS

Andrew graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 1983, and after a period of four years in practice joined the University of Bristol as a resident in feline medicine.  Following the residency, he went on to successfully complete a PhD and then in 1993 was appointed as Lecturer in Feline Medicine at the University of Bristol.  In 1999 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and then in 2000 moved to the Animal Health Trust in the UK where in 2008 he took over as Head of the Division of Small Animal Studies. In 2010, Andrew became an independent consultant and then from 2012–2018 was appointed as the Veterinary Director of International Cat Care and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).  Andrew has published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the ECVIM and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the AAFP.  Since 2019, in addition to his role as editor, he has once again been an independent consultant.