The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is pleased to offer two qualifications in feline veterinary nursing:
Our aims are to provide nurses (or nurses in training) with high quality learning materials in a modern electronic distance learning format that fits well around normal busy lives, yet is written and marked by experts in their fields. We aim to give motivated nurses the skills to improve the welfare and understanding of cats in their care and also improve job satisfaction and responsibility with the successful completion of our courses. Assessment is provided throughout the course with positive and encouraging feedback.
Both courses take the form of six separate units (if you choose to do the Diploma but have not completed the Certificate, you will do the Diploma with Foundation. This means that you will do eight units instead of six, the first two taking the most important aspects of the Certificate) each consisting of detailed course notes and a workbook with questions relevant to the subject and very practical in style. Both have been written and are marked by experts in their field including specialist veterinary surgeons and highly experienced behaviourists.
The notes and workbooks, along with supplementary information in the form of the latest publications and additional resources relevant for the unit, are available to download from our resource centre website. We also encourage discussion via our forum to allow students to compare notes and discuss cases. The certificate needs to be completed within a year and the diploma within 2 years. You work to a schedule, for example with the certificate you have six weeks to complete a module and every eight weeks a new module is released.
We have taken considerable care with our marking schemes and they are designed to provide positive feedback on each workbook and include detailed comments on areas that may need a little more work and those completed very well. Marks are awarded as a percentage and a fail/pass/merit/distinction for each unit, and averaged on completion of the course to allow an overall grade and certificate to be sent to you.
ISFM is the veterinary division of International Cat Care and is operated from the iCatCare headquarters in the UK. For more information on ISFM click here.
Who can complete the courses?
The courses are designed for qualified and student veterinary nurses and technicians.
When do courses start?
The next course is due to start 15th March 2018 and there will be at least one enrolment every year. You can register for the course at any time.
Cost of courses
- ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing
Course cost: £505
- ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing
Course cost: £1500
If your practice is a current ISFM Practice Member, there is a discount of £20 for the Certificate and £50 for the Diploma course.
The course must be fully paid up before nurses start, however if any nurse wishes to pay by installment (before the course starts) this can be arranged (see payment methods later. To begin in March 2018 , payment for the course must be received in full by 1st March 2018.
Please be aware that there will be no refund if the course is not started or completed unless there are extraordinary circumstances and this is at the discretion of International Cat Care.
How to register and pay
The next courses will begin on 15th March 2018
If you wish to pay by cheque, please use the link above to print off the form and return with your cheque made payable to International Cat Care Limited and return to International Cat Care, Place Farm, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6LW.
If you are an individual, you may stager the payments (three payments) prior to the course commencement date, please contact the International Cat Care office 01747 871 872 and speak to Jane.
Jane Bridge, Course Administrator