Students will have completed the certificate before starting the diploma which provides a comprehensive and detailed look at feline health and behaviour, expanding on what is covered in the certificate and adding further new information. It is suitable for qualified nurses and is completed over 12 months.
However, we are able to offer an alternative route to the diploma. Candidates who have not done the certificate will complete two ‘foundation’ modules which cover the essentials of the certificate before moving on to the six diploma modules. These eight modules will be completed over 18 months.
Units covered include:
- Feline anaesthesia and analgesia: detailed information on pre-medication, induction, analgesia and maintenance of anaesthesia.
- Feline infectious disease: diagnosis, treatment and prevention of major viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases including the role of nurses in owner education.
- Non-infectious diseases: covering diseases of the major organ systems.
- Feline behavioural health and wellbeing: stress and the effect on clinical disease, behavioural problems and how to tackle them.
- Feline reproduction: normal reproductive anatomy and physiology, pregnancy and parturition, control of reproduction and congenital disease and neonatal care
- The feline expert veterinary nurse: running successful nursing clinics, the role of the nurse in feline lifestage care and disease, how to run popular nursing clinics in your practice.
The diploma course is challenging but rewarding, and will offer successful candidates the confidence to build their role within their practice. Nurses who successfully complete the course will obtain their ISFM Diploma and will be eligible to join the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Academy of Feline Nurses and use the post-nominals ISFMDipFN.
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 for the Diploma is 2nd May 2019 and for the Diploma with Foundation is 18th April 2019 and there will be at least one enrolment every year. You can register for the course at any time.
Students have to 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 and are not transferrable to other students.
Cost of courses
- ISFM Diploma with foundation in Feline Nursing
Course Cost: £1750.00
- ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing
Course cost: £1450
If your practice is a current ISFM Practice Member, there is a discount of £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). T
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 Diploma course will begin on 2nd May 2019 and the next Diploma with Foundation will begin on 18th April 2019.
Registration will open at the end of September 2018
Jane Bridge, Course Administrator