International Cat Care (iCatCare), alongside its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), was delighted to announce the winners of its Distance Education Awards at its Annual Awards ceremony in Stratford-upon-Avon on 28th September.
The ‘Recognition of Achievement’ awards, sponsored by Royal Canin, are presented to the students who have gained the highest level of attainment on the charity’s distance education courses, as a way of rewarding their exceptional hard work and dedication.
ISFM currently runs two distance education courses specifically 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 800 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.
There were two winners on the Certificate course, both of whom achieved a very impressive 99% – Jennifer Smith from the UK and Renee Vieviorka from New Zealand.
The Diploma prize was awarded to the top attaining student, Laura Rosewell from the UK.
Claire Bessant, International Cat Care’s Chief Executive said: ‘We are delighted that over 800 veterinary nurses and technicians have undertaken these courses from many different countries. These nurses not only improve the care of the cats they personally care for, they also influence the veterinary clinic to improve its cat friendliness in general. Their enthusiasm is amazing and many cats will benefit as a result.’
This year, there were also students who have completed both the Certificate and the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour (for vets and nurses), and again the students with the highest grades were recognised. The highest achieving student on the iCatCare Certificate in Feline Behaviour was Zazie Todd from Canada, and on the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour there were two award winners: Tricia Macpherson and Laura Edwards, both from the UK.
International Cat Care continues to develop its distance learning courses, and in addition to these courses, the charity also now runs on-demand short courses.
For more information about International Cat Care’s distance education courses, visit: http://icatcare.org/learn.
Jo Vuckovic, Marketing Communications Manager
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Notes to editors:
About International Cat Care (iCatCare)
International Cat Care is a charity dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.
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.