In the two months since it was launched, the International Society of Feline Medicine’s (ISFM) brand new membership for nurses and technicians, has attracted over 2,000 members from across the world.
Membership, which is free, gives nurses access to the online monthly journal ‘Feline Focus’. Launched in October, this publication provides nurses and technicians with up to date scientific information, as well as practical guides and articles covering varied topics from medical and surgical nursing to cat behaviour and professional issues. The response to Feline Focus has been extremely positive with one nurse commenting: ‘The journal is amazing – forty pages packed with feline information – I LOVE it!’
Members are also able to register for free hour-long monthly webinars. December’s webinar attracted 524 registrants who were treated to European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, Laura Owen, discussing ‘wound-management – what do we need to know’. Forthcoming webinars cover the anorexic patient, managing the pressures of work, cats and parasites, and surgical asepsis. Details of all webinars can be found online at: http://www.icatcare.org/nurses.
ISFM, the veterinary division of the charity International Cat Care (iCatCare), has always been acutely aware of the vital role good nursing care plays in feline health and welfare, and is delighted to be able to offer this high quality information for nurses and technicians for free. Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of iCatCare said: ‘It was really important to us to keep membership free so that nurses and technicians from all corners of the globe are able to benefit from this high quality resource. We recognise that nurses can make a huge difference to the treatment of cats in practice, supporting our aims to ensure that all cats, owned and unowned are treated with care, compassion and understanding.’
ISFM also offers Certificate and Diploma level feline nursing courses. Both courses are in a distance education format, to fit around the busy lives of nurses and technicians.
For more information on all aspects of ISFM’s initiatives for nurses and technicians, see: http://www.icatcare.org/nurses.
Caption: Front cover of Feline Focus’s Preview Issue
Picture also available to download from www.icatcare.org/press-media
Jo Vuckovic, Digital Communications Manager
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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.