The Certificate is aimed at nurses in training or qualified with a particular interest in cats and is completed over 1 year. The course aims to cover feline health and behaviour and provide a broad knowledge of the species.
Units covered include:
- 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.
- How to make a practice ‘Cat Friendly’: Cat friendly practice principles will improve the handling and care of cats in your practice.
- Practical feline nursing 1: preventative healthcare, clinical examination and practical cat handling.
- Practical feline nursing 2: feline specific pharmacology, analgesia and fluid therapy along with laboratory techniques and interpretation.
- Common infectious and non-infectious diseases in cats.
- Feline nutrition in practice: cats are not small dogs! Specific nutritional requirements of cats and what happens when we get nutrition wrong.
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 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.
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 £150. Places on the course can only be deferred for one year and on one occasion only.
Cost of courses
- ISFM Certificate in Feline Friendly 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, Chilmark Road, 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