Practices can now apply for their International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC) accreditation online. The scheme is run in partnership with Purina in Europe.
Previously a printed application form had to be completed and sent to the charity's headquarters.
'A large number of practices have expressed an interest in the scheme. We are hoping that this more streamlined approach will make the whole application process easier,' says ISFM Veterinary Director Andy Sparkes.
There are now nearly 150 accredited CFCs in the UK, and others appearing around the globe in Australia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. In the USA, there are around 500.
Clinics which have become accredited have reported that cats are much more relaxed and that fear-related aggression has been greatly reduced. Owners have also found a huge difference with this approach and are enthusiastic about the positive changes for cats.
'A combination of 'thinking cat' and providing an environment better suited to cats is beginning to make a huge improvement to the veterinary care of cats around the world,' says Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of International Cat Care. 'The aim is to remove barriers to people bringing their cat to the vet as well as improving the in-clinic experience.'
Find out more by visiting www.icatcare.org/vets/cat-friendly-clinic. Clinics can register for further information by filling in a short web form and this will give immediate access to electronic resources, and the online application process.
International Cat Care is encouraging cat owners to look out for the Cat Friendly Clinic logo. Accredited vets are listed on the charity’s website (www.icatcare.org/cat-friendly-clinic).
-ends- April 3, 2014
For further details contact Karen Bessant, press officer at International Cat Care, on 01747 871 872, or firstname.lastname@example.org