The veterinary feline community will be congregating in Barcelona in June (26-30) when the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) hosts the World Feline Veterinary Congress (WFVC). The Congress is being held in conjunction with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and GEMFE/AVEPA (ISFM’s Spanish National Partner), with sponsors Hill’s, Agria, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ceva, Merial and Novartis, and follows the theme of paediatrics and geriatrics.
As is traditional for ISFM congresses, the core scientific programme runs overs three days with Saturday afternoon free so delegates can enjoy the delights of the host city.
‘As ever, our congress programme is centred around the practitioner and aims to provide its usual mix of practical information, excellent speakers and a friendly atmosphere. In addition, thanks to the support from our sponsors, we are pleased to be able to offer two bonus days of CPD to all our delegates – including a welfare and behaviour day – and, for the first time, masterclass sessions,’ said Claire Bessant, Chief executive of ISFM.
Following the paediatrics and geriatrics theme, keynote speaker at WFVC, Susan Little, is holding a masterclass entitled ‘Neonatal and paediatrics – in depth!’. The other masterclass options are ‘Feline infectious diseases’ with Danièlle Gunn-Moore and ‘Problem solving for feline behaviour disorders’ with Xavier Manteca. Masterclass sessions will run in parallel to the main programme and are limited to 40 people on a first come, first served basis.
Julie Levy, Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida , will discuss some of the issues affecting shelter cats including the emergency response to large scale abuse cases, infectious disease in large scale cat hording and overcoming the problems associated with abuse to make rehoming successful on the ISFM/Merial Cat Welfare programme. Ian MacFarlaine Head of Welfare operations, Feline Advisory Bureau, will provide an update on the charity’s work.
Full details of the WFVC scientific and social programme can be found online at www.wfvc.org
Karen Bessant, FAB/ISFM press officer
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