Blue Star Animal Hospital, in Gothenburg, has become the first clinic in the country to gain Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC) status. The hospital, which provides 24-hour veterinary care for cats, dogs and small pets, is a non-profit organisation committed to animal care.
Madeleine Moureau, veterinarian at Blue Star Animal Hospital, says: ‘We have over 30,000 animal visits each year, and about 30% of those are cat visits. Therefore, it is very important to us that we nurture felines to give them the best possible experience during their visit and to reinforce the progression of their treatment and recovery. We are so pleased to have gained the ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic status; it is a great reward for all the hard work our staff have put in to achieve the award and reassures our visitors that their cats receive outstanding attention.
Madeleine continues: ‘We have a dedicated group of people whom, for the past 5–7 years, have worked with the entire clinic, making it cat friendly.’
‘CFC status is an international mark of quality for veterinary clinics and hospitals that have adapted their buildings, trained their staff and invested in equipment to take first class care of cats, and to make the visit to the clinic as stress-free as possible for the cat,’ says Dr Andy Sparkes, Veterinary Director at International Cat Care, the charity behind the Cat Friendly Clinic Scheme. ‘We are delighted that Sweden has got its first Cat Friendly Clinic and welcome sharing best practice with them and our other international members.’
Andy adds: ‘Not only are the Blue Star Animal Hospital the first CFC in Sweden, but their diligence and hard work has earned them Gold status – the highest level of certification.’
More information about Cat Friendly Clinics can be found at www.icatcare.org/cat-friendly-clinic.
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Notes to editors:
About International Cat Care
The International Cat Care vision:
All cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.
The International Cat Care mission:
To engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.
International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM):
The veterinary division of International Cat Care.