ISFM Congress gets glamorous in Riga

Feline neurology and feline behaviour will be the themes of the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Veterinary Congress in Riga, Latvia (June 18-22) sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ceva, Merial, Novartis and Virbac.

Riga, one of the greenest cities in Europe, sits on the shores of the Baltic and is the European Capital of Culture for 2014. The conference will be held in the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel, one of the defining landmarks in Riga’s skyline. No lectures are scheduled on Saturday afternoon to provide free time for delegates to explore this fascinating host city.

In a series of lectures, world leader in the field of feline idiopathic cystitis, Tony Buffington, of the Ohio State University, will discuss the development, management and prognosis of this condition. He will also look at environmental enrichment options for confined cats and the use of evidence-based medicine to assist decision making in practice. Those looking for a deeper knowledge of clinical nutrition can opt to attend his masterclass.

Laurent Garosi, RCVS & European Veterinary Specialist in Neurology from Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK, will cover a range of topics including management of traumatic brain injury, acute spinal injury, evaluation of the paralysed cat and approaches to the wobbly, weak or seizuring cat. There is also the opportunity to join an indepth video-based case discussion in his masterclass.

Surgical management of portosystemic shunts and laryngeal paralysis will be discussed by John Williams, of North West Surgeons, UK, who will also be hosting a masterclass in abdominal surgery.

Infectious, metabolic and toxic causes of neurological disease, and management of hepatic encephalopathy, will be discussed by Rita Goncalves, from the University of Liverpool.

There will be plenty of opportunity to catch up with old friends, and make new ones, with three free drink receptions provided by sponsors in addition to the main social event on Saturday, the 'Hollywood glamour' theme party set in the grand hall of the historic Riga Latvian Society House.

Cost of registration: £390 (€490) ISFM members, £460 (€570) non-members.

For the full scientific programme and to register, go to

Ends       2 January 2014 


For further details contact Karen Bessant, press officer at ISFM/International Cat Care HQ, on 01747 871 872, or via