Members of the ISFM Academy of Feline Practitioners are listed below, together with their details.
Members of the ISFM Academy of Feline Practitioners
Lucy Allcutt DVM MANZCVS
I qualified at the University of Florida in 2010 and shortly thereafter relocated to the UK with my British husband and our four American cats. After two and half years working in general practice in London, the whole family relocated Up North to pursue the feline exclusive dream! I have been happily ensconced in all things feline at Simply Cats for the last five years, and recently obtained membership through examination of ANZCVS Medicine of Cats. I am currently working through the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behavior, and will continue to try and absorb as much feline knowledge as I can manage!
Sarah Band BVetMed PGCertSAM DipECVIM MANZCVS
I worked for nearly 20 years as an ultrasonographer and part of the medicine team in a busy small animal hospital. My passion for felines developed gradually as I began to realise how
different they were to the canine patients. I obtained a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine but soon after wanted to study cats in more depth as I felt there was a considerable 'gap' in my understanding of these patients.
I am currently self-employed, working as a visiting ultrasonographer and provide medicine advice for local small animal practices.
Contact: Spiders Barn, Hurston Lane , Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4HF, United Kingdom
Vanessa Barrs, BVSc(hons) MVetClinStud FANZCVSc GradCertEd
Associate Professor Vanessa Barrs is the Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Head of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney and a registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. She has served as President of the Feline Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Specialist representative of the NSW Board of Veterinary Practitioners and trustee of the Australian Feline Health Research Fund. She is President of the International Society of Companion Animal Infectious Diseases, is on the Board of Directors of the Australasian Society of Feline Medicine and is Scientific Editor for The Veterinary Journal. Vanessa’s research interests include feline infectious diseases, especially fungal infections and cancer. In addition to over 90 refereed publications and book chapters, Vanessa is a busy practitioner, enjoys all aspects of feline medicine and loves nothing more than helping sick cats get better.
Contact: Valentine Charlton Cat Centre (ISFM Gold Friendly Practice), University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Caroline Blundell, BVetMed CertSAM MANZCVS MRCVS
During my immediate post-graduate years gaining experience in both mixed and small animal practice I developed a specific interest in medicine and discovered that I had a passion for cats. This led me to successfully apply for the post of Fort Dodge Feline Fellow at the University of Bristol, allowing me to expand my fascination with clinical feline medicine under the guidance of Professor Tim Gruffydd-Jones. In 2001 I knuckled down to study for the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, while working at “Nine-Lives” - the UK’s first cat-only veterinary practice - and lecturing to nurses at the Berkshire College of Agriculture. Shortly afterwards I was fortunate enough to rejoin forces with Martha Cannon – a colleague from Bristol – co-founding The Oxford Cat Clinic in 2006 – a unique first opinion and referral cat-only practice – allowing us both to work exclusively with cats, which had been our dream for some years. After focusing on “business-studies-at-the-coal-face” for the next few years, I latterly sat the ANCVS Feline Medicine exam on its first “European tour”. Becoming part of the Feline Chapter and the ISFM Academy it has been great to find so many kindred spirits filled with enthusiasm and generosity to share their knowledge and discuss cases and ideas. It's great to know you are out there!
Contact: Oxford Cat Clinic, 78A West Way, Oxford OX2 9JU, UK
Martine van Boeijen BSc BVMS(hons) MANZVS
I graduated from Murdoch University in 1999 and after spending my first post-graduate year in a quiet small animal practice in Perth I moved to London to work in a busy 24 hour emergency hospital. It was working within this clinic that my interest in feline medicine started to develop. I remained working at the South-East London emergency centre for nearly three years before returning back to Perth to settle down. In 2003 I commenced working at the Midland Vet Hospital which formed part of Vetcare Innovation comprising of three hospitals; Midland, Drovers and Bullsbrook Vet Hospitals. In 2006 I joined the partnership as a full equity partner and proceeded to develop the feline side of the business. In 2008 I completed the University of Sydney Distance Education Course in Feline Medicine and 2010 successfully sat my ANZCVS Memberships in Feline. In 2016 I opened the Perth Cat Hospital which is our city’s first and only feline practice. I am passionate about all things feline particularly internal medicine, behaviour, geriatric care and dentistry. I strongly believe that education to general practitioners is key; by implementing small changes to the way you handle and house your feline patients in a vet clinic environment you can make a huge impact on lowering their stress and pain
Contact: Perth Cat Hospital, 52 Oxford Close, West Leederville, Western Australia 6007
Wietz Botes BVSc MANZCVS MVM MRCVS
After graduating from Onderstepoort in 2003, I worked for welfare organisations which gave me a solid foundation in surgery and shelter medicine, and the oppertunity to work closely with feral cats programmes. I am passsionate about minimal invasive surgery/laparoscopy. I soon realised that the path to laparoscopy is often preceded by ultrasonography, leading me to develop my skills in abdominal ultrasound and echocardiography. I enjoy the balance of using simple diagnostics by using one's hands, ears, eyes and the microscope, coupled with the rapid advances of modern diagnostic techniques. I have a lot of respect for the 'old hands' who gave us so much information with so little diagnostics.
Location: Hong Kong
Katherine Briscoe BVSc FANZCVS MVetStud (Small Animal Clinical Studies)
Katherine graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal. Kath worked in private small animal practice in Sydney and the UK for three years. In 2006, Kath completed her internship in small animal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney after which she completed her Fellowship training program in feline medicine. In 2008, Kath attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in feline medicine. During her residency, Kath completed a research project on the pathology of feline low grade alimentary lymphoma and inflammatory bowel disease. Kath has a keen interest in all aspects of canine and feline medicine, and is also passionate about providing continuing education for veterinary practitioners. After 5 years at the University of Sydney, Kath joined the team at the Animal Referral Hospital, Sydney where she continues to work. Kath passed her Fellowship examinations in June 2012.
Emma Buckley BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)
Graduating from Melbourne University in 2001, I worked in the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia in mixed practice for 2 years. I then followed a well trodden Aussie path and headed to the UK to work and travel for a couple of years, enjoying it so much that I stayed much longer. Each year that I lived in the UK I attended the annual ISFM congresses- ok maybe their location in places such as Rome and Prague had something to do with it in the beginning! After 5 years I headed home to Melbourne, taking with me two large souveniers (my now husband Jamie and our Battersea crossbreed, Matilda). I really missed attending the annual feline focused conference, so decided to enrol in the Feline Medicine distance education program through the CVE at Sydney University in 2011. This was a fantastic course and it prepared me well to sit my memberships in 2012. I completed the CVE Sonology course in 2014. I have two gorgeous cats- Lewis who was adopted through a local shelter, and Millie who was surrendered to the clinic and is recovering from systemic Cryptococcus.
Contact: Mt Evelyn Vet Clinic and Animal Hospital, 40 Hereford Road, Mt Evelyn, 3796 Victoria, Australia
Jeremy Campbell, BVSc, MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats), RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine
Qualifying in New Zealand over 20 years ago, I moved to the UK in 2000 working in number of general practices before eventually running a small animal practice in London. In 2009, I relocated to Hong Kong where I began to pursue my interest in feline medicine in earnest, while working for Hong Kong SPCA I continued my studies in ultrasonography, cardiology and feline internal medicine before moving back to the UK in 2011. In 2012 through examination I became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Feline Medicine, and in 2015 a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine and Member of ISFM Academy of Feline Practitioners.
Eager to share my love of feline medicine, I volunteered for 5 years as an associate Editor for the Feline Internal Medicine folder of the Veterinary Information Network, a global on-line information resource for all vets and paraveterinary staff .
My areas of special interest and experience include all aspects of internal medicine particularly cardiology and diagnostic imaging including cardiac and abdominal ultrasonography. I love geriatric medicine and live to see old cats get a new ‘lease of life’. 2017 sees the realisation after years of planning and hard work of my ultimate dream, to open a cat only purpose-built veterinary clinic in central London.
Contact: The London Cat Clinic, 82-86 Spa Rd Bermondsey, London, SE16 3QT, United Kingdom
Chantal Celindano, BVSc, MANZCVS
Chantal graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia in 2004, and has worked at three feline only clinics over her career in the UK and Australia. She is a self-confessed cat nerd, and has almost written a textbook by summarizing many journal articles over the years! Learning is her passion, the newest JFMS is never far, neither is her cat Nifty-Sprocket or a good pair of cat earrings. She has gained her MANZCVS in feline medicine and is keen to keep striving for kitty knowledge.
Contact: 111 Dandenong Road Mt.Ommaney, Brisbane, Queensland 4074, Australia
Luisa Coelho DVM MANZCVS
I've obtained my master's degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Evora, Portugal, in 2012.
I have been owned by cats all my life and was, at the time, lucky to have my wonderful cats Suzuki and Sugar by my side.
I have since then worked in several busy small animal hospitals, but was feline-biased from the very beginning - it has always been clear to me that cats are incredibly misunderstood.
In 2015 I joined a feline-exclusive 1st opinion and referral hospital in Portugal, fulfilling my longing of working exclusively with felines in a purposefully designed environment.
I took the CVE Feline Medicine Distance Education course in 2016 and went on to sit the ANZCVS Medicine of Cats membership examination in 2018.
I decided to broaden my professional horizons by travelling to the UK and was immensely fortunate to join The London Cat Clinic team in February 2018.
I particularly love geriatric medicine and providing the best quality of life possible for my golden oldie patients with multiple chronic conditions.
Diagnostic imaging (specifically ultrasonography) is another passion of mine.
Contact: 82-86 Spa Rd, Bermondsey, London SE16 3QT, United Kingdom
Aneta Duszak-Kowal DVM MANZCVS
I graduated in Poland in 2002 and moved to England to pursue my interest in feline medicine. In 2006 I completed GP Certificate in Feline Practice and in 2010 GP Certificate in
Ophthalmology. For last ten years I work for Phoenix Vets in Camberley, Surrey where I see both feline and canine patients. I achieved ANZCVS membership status in August 2018. In my free time I love reading, running, cycling and trekking. The challenge for the nex year is to learn playing piano and possibly a new language.
Contact: 93 Portsmouth Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 1HT, United Kingdom
Sarah Elliott BVetMed MANZCVS
I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London and spent a few years working in the UK and New Zealand. Through working for the PDSA I developed an interest in charity practice.
I combined this interest with my love of cats in my current role as Cats Protection's Central Veterinary Officer. Along with the other in-house veterinary surgeons at the charity, we offer veterinary advice and support for Cats Protection's 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centrally-run adoption centres. My professional interests include shelter medicine, feline infectious diseases and in understanding the needs of cats in the rescue environment.
Contact: National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, RH17 7TT, United Kingdom
David Godfrey BVetMed DipABVP CertSAD CertSAM PgDip FRSB FRCVS
I qualified from the RVC in 1988. From 1994-2003 I set up and ran the first feline-only practice in England (with Rosie Anderson) - Nine Lives Veterinary Practice for Cats. Since then I have worked as a clinical pathologist and a small animal dermatologist. I completed a RCVS Fellowship by thesis on feline osteoarthritis in 2008. I am now back part-time in feline practice at Cats@Severn Vets in Worcester.
Contact: Cats@Severn Vets Unit 12 Lowesmoor Wharf, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2RS, United Kingdom
Yaiza Gómez-Mejías LdaVet MANZCVS (Feline)
I graduated from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2002. My interest in cats started in 2009 and led me to complete the GPCert (FelP) ESVPS in 2010, the University of Sydney CVE course in 2012 and the MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) exam in August 2016.
In 2011, after 8 years practising in the Canary Islands and a brief experience in Germany, I moved to England driven by my enthusiasm about the feline medicine and excited about the possibility of increasing my feline case load. Over the last 5 years I have been very lucky and found amazing mentors that have helped me to learn more about my greatest passion.
Aarti Hogan BVSc MANZCVS (Feline) MRCVS
I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1999 and spent a few years travelling and working in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. For the last 10 years I have worked in a busy, single site clinic in Surrey which has undergone a recent refurbishment for which we won the 2015 Practice Refurbishment Design Award. Part of this involved incorporating a separate cat waiting room, a cat consulting room and 2 cat wards to gain us status as a Gold Standard icatcare clinic. We love it, as do our feline friends and their owners! I did the CVE feline medicine distance education course in 2012, completed my membership examinations in 2013,and am involved in mentoring for the 2016 examinations. Whenever possible, I attend the ISFM European congresses and am committed to ongoing in-house training to keep our practice as cat friendly as possible, with particular emphasis on the care of elderly patients. I currently share my home with my 2 rescue cats F rank and Monkey, my husband and my baby daughter. At the time of writing I am away from work on maternity leave, but am looking forward to getting back to my patients in the near future!
Contact: Maven Veterinary Care 611 London Road, North Cheam, Surrey SM3 9DF, United Kingdom
Kim Kendall, BVSc MANZCVS
Kim graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1982 and has worked in 40 different veterinary practices in the UK, Zimbabwe, Australia and the US. Kim acheived Membership of the ANZCVS in cat medicine in 1990 and then opened the East Chatswood Cat Clinic (http://www.catclinic.com.au) in 1994. Kim is a former President of the Feline Medicine Chapter and Examiner in Feline Medicine for the ANZCVS and in 2004 also achieved Membership of the ANZCVS in Animal Behaviour.
Contact: Chatswood Cat Clinic, Unit 18, 30-32 Barcoo St, Roseville NSW 2069, Australia
Annette Litster, BVSc PhD FANZCVS MMedSci
Dr. Litster graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland in Australia in 1982. In 2001, Dr. Litster became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination and received a PhD from The University of Queensland. In 2006 she obtained a Masters of Medical Science in Clinical Epidemiology from The University of Newcastle, Australia. Dr. Litster moved to Purdue University in 2007, where she was Director of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and a tenured Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Litster has published over 50 papers in national and international peer-reviewed veterinary journals. She is the Scientific Editor of The Veterinary Journal and an experienced national and international speaker. Dr. Litster joined Zoetis as a Senior Veterinary Specialist in 2014.
Contact: Senior Veterinary Specialist, CAD Veterinary Operations, Zoetis, US Companion Animal Division, 817 Elmwood Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA
Kathrin May DVM Dr Med Vet MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)
After graduating from the Justus-Liebig-University in Germany I spent several years working in Ireland and UK before eventually returning to Germany. Starting as an Equine practitioner in mixed practice a little stray kitten called Kinski stimulated my interest in cats. Since 2010 I have been increasingly focusing on feline medicine and becoming a member of the ANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) in 2016.
Eleanor Marriott BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) MRCVS
A Bristol graduate of 1999, Ellie Marriott gained her membership in 2012 after completing the distance learning course with ISFM in 2011. She is a partner in a small animal practice in rural Dorset where she runs cat only clinics and takes internal referrals in feline medicine. The practice is a gold status cat friendly clinic which prides itself on giving a friendly service. She enjoys sharing her wealth of feline knowledge with her clients and patients. Her particular interests are renal disease, endocrinopathies and behaviour/medicine interaction. She is married with a young daughter, Laura and two rescue cats, called Binti and Vinnie. In her spare(!) time she luckily enjoys fitness and outdoor pursuits, as her other hobby is eating out!
Contact: Castle Veterinary Clinic, Unit 3 Poundbury Business Centre, Dorchester, DT1 3WA, UK
Sally Theresa Marshall
Nicole Maree Mclaughlin
Miriam Ann Meek
Julia Nicholls BVMS (Feline)
I graduated from the University of Glasgow and was lucky enough to be taught by the Jarretts which first interested me in feline medicine. I completed a PhD at Glasgow then spent a year at Davis as a pathologist. After migrating to Australia I changed direction and worked in small animal practice where I furthered my interest in feline medicine and passed the Membership exams of the Australasian College. I served as examiner three times and also enjoy mentoring other practitioners towards an interest in all things cat. I owned my own practice for over 25 years where we built a reputation for being cat friendly. I now work part-time in two practices and do some teaching at the University of Adelaide Vet School. I get more of a cat fix by being an international cat judge and have judged in Asia and New Zealand as well as all over Australia.
Contact: 15 Gkenside Rd, Crafers, South Australia 5152, Australia
Carolyn Rose O'Brien
Lucy Preece VetMB MA GPCert(SAM) MANZCVS (Feline) MRCVS
I graduated from Cambridge University in 2006 and have worked in general practice in the UK ever since. In 2009 I undertook further study in small animal (dog and cat) medicine, passing my GP certificate in small animal medicine in 2012. As time has gone on, my interest in cats has lead to additional futher study. In 2016 I passed the ANZCVS medicine of cats membership examination.
My interests include all things feline, but especially infectious diseases and geriatric cats. For the past 3 years I have worked at Bishopton Veterinary Group, a gold standard cat friendly clinic, where I mainly see cats; together with running the radio-iodine treatment centre, a referral centre for cats with hyperthyroidism.
Contact: Bishopton Veterinary Group Mill Farm, Studley Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 2QR, United Kingdom
Vibeke Russell BVSc MANZCVS (Feline)
Vibeke became interested in feline medicine whilst in general practice in Sydney and attained Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Feline Medicine in 2001. Vibeke developed an interest in Emergency & Critical Care, and has worked in this field since 2002, and has also attained Membership of ANZCVS in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. Vibeke has a special interest in feline emergency & critical care, and is the Executive Director of the After Hours Veterinary Emergency Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, which provides emergency and critical care to all the pets of Tasmania. AHVEC is currently building a new hospital, which has been designed to meet ISFM Gold Standards, enabling us to provide even better Emergency & Critical Care for the cats of Tasmania, due to open late 2018.
Contact: AHVEC 273 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia
Andy Sparkes BVetMed PhD DipECVIM MANZCVS MRCVS
Andy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 1983, and after a period of four years in general practice joined the staff of the University of Bristol as an intern/resident in feline medicine, a post funded by International Cat Care (www.icatcare.org - the charity formerly known as the Feline Advisory Bureau). Following completion of the residency he went on to a research appointment at the University of Bristol for the period from 1990 to 1993, which led to the successful completion of a PhD. In 1993, Andy was appointed as a lecturer in Feline Medicine in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol (a position again funded by International Cat Care). In 1999 he was promoted to senior lecturer in Feline Medicine and then in the summer of 2000, Andy moved to the Animal Health Trust in the UK where in 2008 he took over as Head of the Division of Small Animal Studies. In 2010, Andy became an independent consultant and then in 2012 was appointed as the Veterinary Director of the International Cat Care and the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM). Andy has published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a member of the ANZCVS. He is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the AAFP - and he is passionate about all things feline!
Contact: International Cat Care, High Street, Tisbury, Wilts, SP3 6LD, UK
Tamara Targo-Bailey, AMusA BSc BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS MBA
My professional life started out as usual for a vet; small animals first in Australia then the UK. I've always been a great cat lover so completed my memberships on returning to Australia, became a mentor then did a couple of years as an examiner with the college. I'd recommend all these undertakings as I found them immensely satisfying. I went on to do some emergency and critical care work and then crossed to the dark side and joined a pharmaceutical company first as a sales rep and then as technical services vet. Having always had a keen interest in business I then completed an MBA with a view to doing more entrepreneurial work, however natural selection had other plans and I was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. So I've officially retired and my last years will be spent travelling, collecting tattoos, seeing live bands and causing all kinds of havoc! Among all that, attending feline conferences and doing volunteer work at various feline establishments should keep me on the straight and narrow (......just).
Samantha Taylor, BVetMed DipECVIM CertSAM
I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2002 and since then have made my way up to being a specialist via an FAB Residency at Bristol. I now work for International Cat Care organising the distance education courses and running the nurse and technician ISFM membership. I edit the ISFM nurse and technician journal Feline Focus and with Andrea Harvey have written a book on feline medicine. Obviously I am cat crazy and motivated by improving the care of cats in and out of the vets.
Audra-Lynne Turner BVSc MANZCVS (Feline) MRCVS
Having studied in Zimbabwe and moved to the UK in 1998, I've been qualified for 17 years as a general practitioner, developing my interest in cats since 2006 when I completed an Improve International GP Certificate in Feline Medicine. I then moved on to more intensive and exciting preparation for a feline medicine qualification through the Centre for Veterinary Education's Distance Education programme in 2010-2011. It was a motivating challenging course which I thoroughly enjoyed, and a great basis on which to study for a membership Medicine of Cats with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. I have met a great number of inspiring and enthusiastic colleagues and I especially enjoy discussing cases and learning just how special and amazing cats are. I work in Surrey in first opinion practice, I mentor candidates taking the Medicine of Cats examination.
Contact: Elm Cottage Veterinary Centre, Blackwater Valley Vets, 230 Frimley Green Rd, Camberley, GU23 7AB, UK
Carole Anne Webb
Stephanie Williams, BVSc MANZCVS MRCVS
Andy Woodward, BVetMed MANZCVS MRCVS
I gained my degree at the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1994. The first six years of my career in rural mixed practice were dominated by dairy work, but those working dogs and ever present farm cats kept a country vet more than busy. After a brief period in New Zealand, I moved to the bright lights of Melbourne, Australia in 1999 where I have kept my hands a whole lot cleaner. After a period of time dealing with some less fortunate individuals at one of the city's feline shelters, I soon settled into looking after the pets of general practice. Following completion of Sydney University's Post Graduate Foundation (now the CVE) course in feline medicine, I took the next step and attained Membership of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the same subject in 2008, cementing a move from cattle to cats.
In 2013 the opportunity arose to become involved as a founding director and company secretary of the Australasian Society of Feline Medicine – a regional partner of the ISFM. Having had so much support form the Feline Advisory Bureau’s residents in my fledgling years when I worked in Somerset close to Bristol University’s Langford’s Feline Centre, followed by valuable help from practitioner-friendly JFMS articles, I jumped at the opportunity to help promote and support iCatCare downunder.
Contact: Mentone Veterinary Hospital, 19 Balcombe Road, Mentone, Victoria 3194, Australia.
Nicholas Yeow, BVSc MANZCVS
Graduated in 2014 from The University of Queensland.
Interest in surgery especially of the feline patient.
Currently working at a feline only practice in Brisbane Queensland.
Contact: 189 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt East, Queensland 4122, Australia
ISFM Academy of Feline Practitioners is kindly supported by Ceva