ISFM National Partners (NPs) are a network of like-mined national veterinary cat groups, working collaboratively together and affiliated to ISFM. The network has been established to provide a framework for the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas.
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Current ISFM National Partners
Group of cat loving vets that come together 4 times a year since 1997. Every time a national or international speaker gives a course about a cat specific disease or condition. Interactive, interesting. Always interested in input... if you have something interesting to communicate to us, be welcome.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Association of Feline Medicine
Czech Association of Feline Medicine is an official group of veterinary surgeons and students of veterinary medicine interested in feline medicine formed in 2017. We would like to improve cat health care in the Czech Republic. We organise educational events for veterinarians and students and would like to create an education programme for veterinarians to gain the national specialisation in feline medicine in the future.
ESTONIA: Estonian Society of Feline Practitioners
The Estonian Society of Feline Practitioners is a new group currently being established. It aims to bring together Estonian vets with an interest in feline medicine, benefiting the health and welfare of cats throughout Estonia.
FRANCE: Groupe de réflexion et d'intérêt félin
The GRIF was created in 2017 by eight French veterinarians. All of these veterinarians are passionate about cats. Six work in cat only clinics, in different regions of France.
The group aim to:
- spread good practices for feline medicine
- share recommendations to the entire veterinary community, relying on the expertise of its members and specialists in different areas of veterinary medicine related to cats
- develop veterinary establishments in the feline field
- integrate new technologies and use them for better feline medicine
- help owners better understand their cat and live better together
The group meets 4 times a year and discusses feline matters regularly.
Conferences or webinars are held for vets who want to better their knowledge of cats.
GERMANY: Deutsche Gruppe Katzenmedizin
The "Deutsche Gruppe Katzenmedizin" is a group of veterinarians interested in feline medicine. Our aim is to increase knowledge about feline medicine and behaviour and to spread the ideas of ISFM about cat welfare among vets in Germany. Also we dream of establishing the Cat Friendly Clinic scheme in Germany.
Die "Deutsche Gruppe Katzenmedizin" ist eine Gruppe von Tierärzt(inn)en, die sich besonders der Katzenmedizin verschrieben haben. Unser Ziel ist es, die Gedanken der ISFM in Deutschland bekannt zu machen, die Besonderheiten der Katzenmedizin und des Katzenverhaltens zu erlernen und weiterzugeben, um das "Katzenwohl" auch in Deutschland zu verbessern. Außerdem träumen wir davon, das "Cat Friendly Clinic"-Programm auch bei uns zu etablieren.
ITALY: Associazione Italiana Veterinari Patalogia Felina (AIVPaFe)
Veterinary Association of Feline Pathology.
AIVPaFe is an Italian veterinary society designed to deepen knowledge and spread information about issues of feline medicine. Originally the study group was set up within AIVPA (the Italian Small Animal Veterinary Association) in 1989, but it now assumes its own identity.
AIVPaFe offers up to date information, resources and materials sourced from the international veterinary scene.
ITALY: Società Italiana di Medicina Felina (SIMEF)
SIMEF is the Italian Society of Feline Medicine. SIMEF was established in July 2000 with the unconditional support of SCIVAC, and was formed by a group of veterinarians who care about feline medicine. The initial group was formed by Prof. Andrea Boari and Doctors Stefano Bo, Cristina Crosta, Cristina Picco and Tommaso Furlanello. The establishment of SIMEF was the natural development for all who attended the initial feline medicine study group within SCIVAC, coordinated by Dr. Stefano Bo. SIMEF hold regular meetings and publish a biannual newsletter. Members also participate in important epidemiological surveys such as the one on the spread of FIV and FeLV in Italy, sponsored by IDEXX.
JAPAN: Japanese Society of Feline Medicine
Japanese Society of Feline Medicine (JSFM,ねこ医学会) was established by Japanese Feline intellectuals. Dr. Takuo Ishida is the founder and president of the society. He has deep academic knowledge, understandings and passion to cats. JSFM has two main aims, encourage raising standard of Feline Medicine and support Cat Friendly thoughts to be infiltrated among vets, vet nurses and cat owners. JSFM provides continuous profession development seminar at regular basis and collaborates with major vet congresses in Japan. JSFM would play a key role to create a reliable and strong fondation to level up feline medicine worldwide.
KOREA: Korean Society for Feline Medicine
NETHERLANDS: Nederlandse Wekgroep Kattengeneeskunde (NWK)
Nederlandse Werkgroep Kattengeneeskunde
The Dutch Working Group for Cats Medicine (NWK) was established as part of the GGG in 2009. The board consists of enthusiastic veterinarians with a keen interest in feline medicine. On a voluntary basis, they try to keep members up to date with current events in the field of Feline Medicine.
The NWK is designed to be a platform for veterinarians with an interest in feline medicine, keeping members informed and disseminating information through mailings and our website.
A journal club-like meeting is organised 3-4 times a year, often under the leadership of a specialist, with a pre-announced topic. There is usually lively debate and these are meeting where we learn a lot from each other. Because we keep the group deliberately small, there is room for a lot of interaction with each other and with the accompanying specialist. Ultimately, the goal at the end of the evening to go home with a workable protocol.
PORTUGAL: Grupo de Interesse Especial em Medicina Felina da APMVEAC (GIEFEL)
The Special Interest Group on Feline Medicine (GIEFEL) started in 2013 with the main objective to improve the quality of feline medicine in Portugal. Formed by a dozen of founding members, aims at growing and motivating those who have an interest in this area, sharing knowledge and experience and promoting the cat’s well-being.
As such GIEFEL cooperates with international organizations, like the International Society of Feline Medicine and other counterpart bodies, promotes formation activities, advertises generic information through different communication channels, adopts technical guidelines, keeps an electronic discussion group and organizes meetings to strengthen the link among their members.
GEIFEL is part of APMVEAC (Portuguese Small Animal Veterinary Association).
SLOVAKIA: Slovak Society of Feline Medicine
SSFM is a group of Slovak veterinary practitioners with main interest in feline medicine and welfare.
The concept of our group is joining together the like-minded Slovene veterinarians and working on improving the quality of lives of Slovene cats (both pets and ferals), making sure we work together and follow the current trends.
SPAIN: Grupo de Especialidad de Medicina Felina de AVEPA
GEMFe was born in 2000 in response to the growing number of cats owned as pets in Spain and the interest in feline medicine. GEMFe share interests, training and research with our counterparts in Europe (ISFM - International Society of Feline Medicine, iCatCare - International Cat Care) and the US (AAFP - American Association of Feline Practitioners).
Although currently GEMFe are a speciality group, we have always been aware of the importance of being a 'working group' in both its original definition to support our individual members, and as a group of people where there is an equitable division of labor and responsibilities. Today, we have several tools that allow us to maintain active communication and a framework to exchange ideas. Among them:
- An exclusive internet forum for our members
- Annual Meeting of Working Groups.
- Annual Masterclass with an international speaker.
- Regular meetings of partners in different cities.
- Biannual newsletter with case reports and review articles.
- GEMFe Annual Conference
- Group profile on Facebook. An open door to where pet owners can consult veterinary accurate and verified information.
Jamaren is the Swedish Veterinary Feline Study Group and was formed in 1996. Its purpose is to spread knowledge about cats and feline diseases among Swedish veterinarians.
Jamaren organizes two courses per year, often with foreign lecturers. We also try to combine business with pleasure.
TAIWAN: Taiwanese Society of Feline Medicine
TSFM is a non-profit association founded in 2018 by clinical veterinarians in Taiwan. The purpose of TSFM includes:
1. Furthering feline disease treatment standards
2. Furthering feline disease knowledge and skills of clinical veterinarians
3. Educating the general public about health care concepts for cats
4. Promoting international academic exchange
5. Subsidizing feline medicine research
6. Rewarding specialized professions or contribution of veterinarians and animal hospitals involved in feline veterinary care
THAILAND: Thai Society of Feline Practitioners
The Thai Society of Feline Practitioners (TSOFP) was established in February 2006 by a group of practitioners with an interest in feline medicine including Assoc.
Prof. Dr. Parnchitt Nilkumhang , Dr. Rosama Pusoonthornthum, Dr. Naowaluck Suriyapatanapong , Dr. Thanin Santiwatanatham and Dr. Araya Phonsuwan .
The aims of TSOFP are:
- To enhance academic interaction
- To network
- To exchange and share information and expertise among feline practitioners
- To develop clinical management and care for the wellbeing of cats for the veterinary profession in Thailand
TURKEY: Gönüllü Kediciler ve Kedici Veteriner Hekimler Derneği (KEDVET)
By gathering Voluntary Cat Lovers and Cat Lover Veterinarians who are dedicated to cats with passion under a single roof, it was established with the aim of developing and raising love and awareness for cats in society, carrying out a series of work on animal rights for life and improvement on welfare of all animals -stray cats particularly, drawing public attention to the problems concerning cats, organizing cats included events, and nursing and treating helpless cats.
TURKEY: Kedi Hekimliği Derneği (KHEDİ)
KHEDI started in January 2017, with the goal of improving the knowledge on feline medicine in its different aspects. This includes; continuing education for our colleagues and nurses, symposium and interacting about development in cats medicine with cat owners and an annual congress organised for practitioners. KHEDI is aware of the importance to maintain active communication and the exchange of ideas and regularly survey their network and provide internet forums and social platforms for their members. The objective is to develop quality and standards and to bring to this field their best knowledge.