ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing

The Certificate in Feline Nursing consists of 6 modules which you work through over a period of 1 year and is aimed at nurses in training or qualified with a particular interest in cats. 

Modules covered include:

  1. Understanding feline behaviour and its relevance to veterinary practice and your clients: what makes a cat a cat? Learning and social behaviour in cats: behavioural problems and how to solve them.
  2. How to make a practice ‘Cat Friendly’: Cat friendly practice principles will improve the handling and care of cats in your practice.
  3. Practical feline nursing 1: preventative healthcare, clinical examination and practical cat handling.
  4. Practical feline nursing 2: feline specific pharmacology, analgesia and fluid therapy along with laboratory techniques and interpretation.
  5. Common infectious and non-infectious diseases in cats.
  6. Feline nutrition in practice: cats are not small dogs! Specific nutritional requirements of cats and what happens when we get nutrition wrong.

A module is released every 8 weeks and you have 6 weeks to complete the assessments for each module. Your assessment results are published 4 weeks after the deadline. 

The course provides a detailed introduction to feline health, welfare and behaviour and should help you improve the care of cats within your practice and considerably expand your knowledge and understanding of this complex but fascinating species. 

Nurses completing this course can use the post-nominals ISFMCertFN.

Who can complete the course?

The courses are designed for qualified and student veterinary nurses and technicians

When does the course start?

The next course starts on 5th March 2020. There will be at least one enrolment on this course every year. 

We allow one year for the completion of the course (in case you do fall behind with assignments) but the actual course (if deadlines are met) will end before this. 

Students should stick to the course deadlines as we will be unable to offer extensions. In extenuating circumstances, and at the discretion of the course director, we may consider deferral to the next cohort for a fee of £125 plus VAT. Places on the course can only be deferred for one year and on one occasion only. 

How much does it cost?

Course cost is: £590.00

Please note that the course must be fully paid up before nurses start.


If your practice is a current ISFM Practice Member, there is a discount of £20 available. To claim your discount apply the code MBFNCT20 at the checkoutISFM Practice Membership status will be verified before the course start date.

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 do I enrol?

The next ISFM Certificate in Feline nursing will start 5th March 2020.  Enrolement will open end of September 2019

Course queries

01747 871872