The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) welcomed over 600 vets and 350 nurses and technicians to its ISFM World Feline Veterinary Congress in the UK coastal resort of Brighton.
Over the course of five days from 28th June to 2nd July, The Grand Hotel in Brighton was taken over by ISFM and its feline-friendly veterinary delegates from 31 different countries, including as far afield as Brazil, South Korea and Singapore. Delegates attended over 28 hours of CPD which included a pre-Congress day, dentistry wetlabs, five sponsor-led symposia, two masterclasses and a main congress stream covering feline endocrinology and feline cardiology. Attendees were treated to a host of well-respected speakers and feline experts – 18 in all – which included Dr Mark Peterson and Prof Claudia Reusch leading on endocrinology, and Kieran Borgeat and Prof Virginia Luis Fuentes presenting the latest findings in cardiology. Initial feedback from delegates was extremely complimentary with comments which included: ‘inspiring speakers that made it so enjoyable as well as informative’, ‘the speakers did very high value lectures and the feline spirit was really present’ and ‘excellent conference – lectures were informative but still practical and useful, and there was a lot of love for cats’.
Running alongside the scientific programme was a busy commercial exhibition and a poster room showcasing original research, case series and case reports from 17 individuals who all received a 50% discount on the cost of their congress registration.
This year’s social events were also extremely well received. These included cocktails and canapés on the first evening courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim. On Thursday was the ISFM/Hill’s Welcome Reception – which also celebrated ISFM’s 21st birthday – at the brand new British Airways i360 which included a flight on the world’s first vertical cable car followed by a night of dancing to local band The Talent. Friday saw fish and chips on Brighton’s famous pier courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim with live music from the high-energy funk and pop band Oomphf, and there was prosecco and cupcakes after lectures on Saturday afternoon thanks to IDEXX.
In addition, ISFM was delighted to run a nursing programme during the congress. Initially designed to take place at The Grand, interest was so high that the Hilton Metropole next door was secured in order to take a greater number of nurses. The same programme was run on Thursday and Friday attracting 350 delegates over the course of the two days. Sam Taylor Director of ISFM’s nursing distance education courses who chaired much of the meeting said: ‘It has been a real pleasure to welcome so many nurses to our Congress. We have been overwhelmed by the response and although we will not always be able to have a nursing stream at congress we will certainly ensure that we run ISFM events for nurses in 2018, so watch this space!’
Next year’s ISFM Congress is being held in the city of Sorrento on the wonderful Amalfi coast in Italy. Taking place from 28th June to 1st July, the congress will cover feline urology and feline oncology. Full details of the congress are yet to be published but over 250 delegates in Brighton have already registered their interest.
A gallery of pictures is available to view at: https://icatcare.org/isfm-congress.
ISFM is extremely grateful to its congress partners and sponsors who made this event possible: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Bayer Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ceva, Agria Pet Insurance, IDEXX Laboratories and Virbac Animal Health.
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Delegates enjoying the ISFM/Hill’s Welcome Reception which also celebrated ISFM’s 21st Birthday
Kieran Borgeat and Virginia Luis Fuentes, the cardiology keynote speakers
Nurse delegates enjoying the ISFM Congress nursing stream
ISFM delegates plotting their location on the ISFM Congress world map
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.