The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is pleased to offer two qualifications in feline veterinary nursing:
- ISFM Diploma with Foundation in Feline 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 modules (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 modules instead of six, the first two taking the most important aspects of the Certificate) each consisting of detailed course notes and a set of assessments 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 assessments, along with supplementary information in the form of the latest publications and additional resources relevant for the module, 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 and the diploma need to be completed within a year and the diploma with foundation in eighteen months. 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 assessment 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 module, 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 intakes are Certificate is due to start 7th March 2019 , the Diploma with Foundation is due to start 18th April 2019 and the Diploma 2nd May 2019 and there will be at least one enrolment every year. Registration for these courses will open soon.
Cost of courses
- ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing
Course cost: £590
- ISFM Diploma with foundaiton in Feline Nursing
Course Cost: £1750
- ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing (students are only eligible for this if they have completed the certificate previously)
Course cost: £1450
If your practice is a current ISFM Practice Member, there is a discount of £20 for the Certificate and £50 for the Diploma courses.
The courses must be fully paid by 28th February 2019 for the Certificate, 4th April 2019 for the Diploma with Foundation and the 25th April 2019 for the Diploma. If any nurse wishes to pay by installment (before the courses starts) this can be arranged the latest date for an installment invoice to be raised is three months before the start of the courses and for a standard invoice one month before the start of the course (see payment methods later)
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. The course is non transferable between students
How to register and pay
Registration for next years courses will open soon.
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Jane Bridge, Course Administrator