At an awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on July 15, International Cat Care (iCatCare) and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), presented four Distance Education Awards to the top students on its nursing and cat professional courses.
The 'Recognition of Achievement' awards are presented to the students who have gained the highest level of attainment on each of these 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 500 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.
Winner of the highest mark on the Certificate went to Louise Ellerton, head nurse at Chestnut Vets in Hertfordshire, whose particular interests lie in medical nursing, especially diabetic and geriatric cats. Since completing the course, Louise has been busy implementing protocols to make Chestnut Vets as stress-free as possible for feline patients and educating her colleagues in cat friendly nursing.
The Diploma prize was awarded to Georgina Froment, head nurse at Cambridge Cat Clinic. Although the clinic is already a gold standard Cat Friendly Clinic, Georgina says that completing the Diploma in Feline Nursing has greatly increased her knowledge, enthusiasm and enjoyment of feline nursing, and she has definitely seen the benefit reflected in her patients’ care and recovery.
International Cat Care also runs Cat Professional Distance Education courses covering feline health and welfare in different areas for cat professionals. Emma Penny from the Celia Hammond Animal Trust achieved the highest mark in the Cat Professional Advanced Health and Welfare Certificate (Rescue) and Jacqueline Butterworth, an aspiring cattery owner, was the winner of the Cat Professional Advanced Health and Welfare Certificate (Boarding).
All four winners received bespoke plaques presented to them by Sam Taylor, iCatCare Distance Education Coordinator and Marianne Lomberg from Royal Canin, sponsor of the nurse awards. Sam Taylor 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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Louise Ellerton (centre), Feline Nursing Certificate Award Winner, pictured with iCatCare Distance Education Coordinator, Sam Taylor (left) and Marianne Lomberg (right) from Royal Canin.
Georgina Froment (centre), Feline Nursing Diploma Award Winner, pictured with iCatCare Distance Education Coordinator, Sam Taylor (right) and Marianne Lomberg (left) from Royal Canin.
Jacqueline Butterworth (left) Cat Professional Advanced Health and Welfare Certificate (Boarding) Award Winner, and Emma Penny (right), Cat Professional Advanced Health and Welfare Certificate (Rescue), pictured with iCatCare Distance Education Coordinator Sam Taylor (centre left) and Marianne Lomberg (centre right) from Royal Canin.
All pictures from the iCatCare Annual Awards 2016 can be viewed at: http://icatcare.org/about-us-our-awards/annual-awards-2016
Notes to editors:
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.
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.