ISFM heads to Phuket for three days of feline medicine

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is holding its 2017 Asia-Pacific Feline Congress on the wonderful Thai island of Phuket. Taking place over three days – 7–9 November 2017 – the congress is being run in partnership with the Centre for Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney and with the support of the Thai Society of Feline Practitioners, and hopes to attract delegates from across Asia as well as non-Asian delegates aiming to mix CPD with a break in a beautiful venue.

The congress theme is ‘new developments in feline medicine’, and the two keynote speakers are Carolyn O’Brien and Jessica Quimby. Carolyn, a Registered Specialist in Feline Medicine and a director at Melbourne Cat Vets, will cover infectious diseases, antibiotic therapy and stress-reduction; Jessica, a faculty member at Ohio State University and tutor on the CVE/ISFM Feline Medicine DE course, will look in depth at CKD and urinary tract infections. A number of local speakers complement the programme and all talks will be split into easily digestible 30–45 minute sessions which aim to offer plenty of practical hints and tips for delegates to take back and use in clinic. 

The congress venue is the stunning Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, situated in a secluded cove on the south-western coast of Phuket. The resort boasts a brand new conference centre, a pristine beach, 2 large swimming pools and 10 restaurants and bars. The congress programme has factored in some free time so that delegates are able to explore the area or to simply kick back and enjoy the resort. There will also be a beach party on the opening evening of congress where delegates can unwind with a chilled drink, and a selection of local food, whilst watching the sun go down.

Dr Andy Sparkes, ISFM’s Veterinary Director who helped develop the congress programme said, “we are so excited to be holding a three-day congress in Phuket. The resort is simply outstanding and the scientific programme is extremely varied and has some very appealing topics. If you want to update your feline knowledge, there really is no better place that to do it than this.” 

The congress has the support of several sponsors: Idexx and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are founding sponsors; Royal Canin is gold sponsor; and Boehringer Ingelheim is silver sponsor. There is an early bird rate running until 23rd June, with prices starting from just £200. Full details about the congress can be found at:




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The congress venue is the stunning Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, situated in a secluded cove on the south-western coast of Phuket


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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.

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Tuesday, 9 May, 2017