ISFM’s 'friendly feline congress' hits the mark in Portugal

The International Society of Feline Medicine’s European Congress, which took place at the beginning of July, attracted nearly 500 attendees representing 38 different countries.

The congress, which is now in its fourteenth year, took place in the beautiful Portuguese city of Porto from 1–5 July. Delegates were treated to five days of feline-specific cpd, which commenced with a day dedicated to non-surgical feline fertility control – the first conference of its kind in Europe, and the first ever to be dedicated to cats – organised by ISFM and the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D). The following four days covered feline dermatology, led by renowned speaker Karen Moriello, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and feline haematology, led by Barbara Kohn, from Freie Universität, Berlin. 
This main scientific programme was complemented by several masterclasses, a scientific poster session and sponsor symposiums. The cpd was also interspersed with opportunities to unwind and socialise, including several evening receptions, a lively commercial exhibition, dinner at the famous Taylor’s Port Cellars and an afternoon off for exploring Porto. 
Well-known for its unique combination of friendly atmosphere, good value cpd and lovely venue, this year’s event was no exception. One German delegate summed up why anyone thinking about going to future events should participate: 'Come and meet a bunch of really friendly people at a well organised conference and learn some more about feline-specific topics, as well as having good opportunities for seeing a nice place in the company of nice people.' Another delegates from Serbia warned that once you attend: 'You will be addicted!!!'
Over 150 people have already registered their interest for next year’s congress taking place from 29 June – 3 July, for a scientific programme which will cover feline gastrointestinal disease and feline orthopaedics. The event will be held in Malta at the wonderful Hilton hotel, situated in the picturesque St Julian's Bay – the perfect base from which to explore this historic and enchanting Mediterranean island. More information will be made available on:
Pictures from this year’s congress, taken by ISFM’s regular and fantastic photographer, Brendan Kelly, can be found on ISFM’s facebook page: Scientific proceedings will also be made available to ISFM members on the member portal in early autumn and will be available to buy at the same time from:

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Congress delegates from the Japanese Society of Feline Medicine (JSFM) place their flags on the ISFM Congress world map

ISFM Congress delegates enjoying the friendly atmosphere

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.
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To engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.

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