iCatCare Distance Education Award Winners 2017

International Cat Care (iCatCare) alongside its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) was delighted to announce the winners of its ISFM Distance Education Awards for nurses at its prestigious Annual Awards ceremony in London on 14th July. 

The 'Recognition of Achievement' awards, sponsored by Royal Canin, are presented to the students who have gained the highest level of attainment on the charity’s distance education courses, as a way of rewarding their exceptional hard work and dedication.

ISFM runs two distance education courses for veterinary nurses – the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing and the ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing. The Certificate is completed over a year and the Diploma over two years. So far, over 600 nurses and technicians have undertaken these courses from many different countries including UK, Japan, Ireland, Singapore, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Hong Kong, Oman, South Africa, USA, United Arab Emirates and Austria.

There were two winners on the Certificate course – Jo Ireson and Lucy Barton, who achieved almost perfect marks. Jo Ireson qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2004 and has worked in small animal general practice and for a referral specialist. She joined Cambridge Cat Clinic in 2012, using her time at the clinic to consolidate and expand her knowledge of feline nursing. Jo is particularly interested in senior and geriatric nursing, and hygiene and infection control. She recently left Cambridge Cat Clinic to relocate to Wales but still returns to provide locum cover. Lucy Barton qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002, spent a further 4 years working in a small animal hospital and then 7 years working in an out-of-hours emergency clinic. She currently works in general practice where she has a keen interest in animal welfare and behaviour. 

The Diploma prize was awarded to Anne Hamilton. Anne is a registered veterinary nurse and qualified in 1993 at the RSPCA Hospital in Putney, London. Since 1994 she has been based in Glasgow at the PDSA Hospital she currently works part time. Over the years she acquired a keen interest in working with feline patients and undertook the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing in 2011 and progressed to do the Diploma in Feline Nursing to give herself much broader and in-depth feline knowledge.

Sam Taylor, iCatCare’s Nurse Distance Education Director said: ‘These are not easy courses, people have to work very hard at a high level to achieve a pass, so these recipients are to be congratulated on the high scores they have achieved. These individuals not only improve the care of cats they personally deal with, many influence those around them to improve their overall cat friendliness as well. Their enthusiasm is amazing and if they take this forward to their places of work, then so many cats will benefit.’

For more information about International Cat Care’s distance education courses, visit: http://icatcare.org/learn.




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From left to right: Jo Ireson, Anne Hamilton and Lucy Barton with their awards

Notes to editors:

About the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)

ISFM is the veterinary division of International Cat Care. ISFM aims to provide a worldwide resource for veterinarians on feline medicine and surgery.

About International Cat Care (iCatCare)

A charity dedicated to the health and welfare of cats. 

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. 

For more information, please visit http://www.icatcare.org or https://www.facebook.com/icatcare



Tuesday, 18 July, 2017