ISFM and WSAVA working together


For many years, ISFM has been proud to be a member organisation of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and we are proud to support WSAVA in its mission to improve veterinary healthcare for companion animals worldwide and to foster exchange of scientific information between individual veterinarians and veterinary organisations.

ISFM is also pleased to be working more closely with WSAVA through a number of different initiatives including providing support and input to the scientific programme for the feline stream at the annual WSAVA Congress, and ISFM has also hosted pre-congress feline symposia at a number of the WSAVA Congresses.

WSAVA Nutrition Guidelines

In 2010, WSAVA established a Global Nutrition Committee which subsequently developed global nutritional guidelines that were published in 2011 (including publication in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery).

The goal of the Guidelines is to help the veterinary healthcare team and pet owners ensure that dogs and cats are on an optimal nutrition plan, tailored to the needs of the individual dog or cat, recognising that good nutrition addresses fundamental health needs of both dogs and cats.

ISFM endorses these WSAVA guidelines and supports the goal and initiative of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Council. For further information about these guidelines please see:

WSAVA Pain Council Guidelines

Recognising, addressing and effectively managing pain in animals is one of the prime objectives of veterinary medicine and has rightly received greater attention in recent years.

WSAVA has established a Global Pain Council to produce guidelines in this area. As a result, the WSAVA Global Pain Treatise is a downloadable, practical resource to assist practitioners around the world by providing guidance in recognising and assessing pain accompanied by management protocols for a wide range of painful conditions. Because it also provides guidance on scenarios where analgesic agents are limited, it helps to empower veterinarians anywhere in the world to recognise and treat pain, regardless of their limitations.

ISFM endorses the WSAVA Global Pain Treatise and encourages veterinarians to download, read and use this invaluable resource that is freely available from the WSAVA web site at:

WSAVA Vaccination Guideline Group

Vaccination has played an incredibly important role in the protection of companion animals, including cats, against many serious and life-threatening infectious diseases. Despite the success of vaccination, controversy has existed about how vaccines should best be used in different situations.

To help address some of these issues, the WSAVA developed a Vaccination Guidelines Group that published WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines for Dogs and Cats - initially in 2007, and updated in 2010.

These guidelines provide an accessible and practical approach to the issues surrounding vaccination and ISFM is pleased to endorse their use. The vaccination guidelines and support materials can be downloaded from the WSAVA web site at:

Other WSAVA guidelines

WSAVA have also convened international expert panels to look at other issues of veterinary importance and to develop guidelines that can be used. these include:

  • Guidelines on liver disease in small animals
  • Microchip identification guidelines
  • Gastrointestinal guidelines
  • Renal standardisation guidelines
  • Hereditary disease guidelines

Further information on these and other initiatives are available on the WSAVA web site: