ISFM Foundation Diploma in Feline Nursing


The ISFM Foundation Diploma in Feline Nursing is designed for qualified veterinary nurses and technicians.

This course offers an alternative route to the ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing – ie. for those students have NOT completed the ISFM Certificate in Feline Medicine. Candidates will undertake two foundation modules which cover the essentials of the Certificate, before moving on to the six Diploma modules. The eight modules are worked through over a period of 15 months.

The Foundation Diploma course is challenging but rewarding and will offer successful candidates the confidence to build their role within their practice. Nurses who successfully complete the course will obtain their ISFM Diploma and will be able to use the post-nominals ISFMDipFN.

Who can complete this course?

The course is designed for qualified veterinary nurses and technicians or those studying towards a veterinary qualification who have not completed the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing.

Course Outline

Foundation Modules:

  1. Understanding feline behaviour, cat friendly clinic principles and cat friendly nursing 1 (preventative and lifestage healthcare and how nurses can be involved).
  2. Cat friendly nursing 2 (fluid therapy, medications and laboratory nursing), feline nutrition.

Diploma Modules:

  1. Feline anaesthesia and analgesia: detailed information on pre-medication, induction, analgesia and maintenance of anaesthesia.
  2. Feline infectious disease: diagnosis, treatment and prevention of major viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases including the role of nurses in owner education.
  3. Non-infectious diseases: covering diseases of the major organ systems.
  4. Feline behavioural health and wellbeing: stress and the effect on clinical disease, behavioural problems and how to tackle them.
  5. Feline reproduction: normal reproductive anatomy and physiology, pregnancy and parturition, control of reproduction and congenital disease and neonatal care
  6. The feline expert veterinary nurse: running successful nursing clinics, the role of the nurse in feline life stage care and disease, how to run popular nursing clinics in your practice.

When does the course start?

The next course starts on the 6th October 2022.

How long will the course take?

  • The course runs over 15 months and is divided into 8 modules. Each module contains a number of short assessment activities, all of which will be due by the end of the 6-week module.
  • If for any reason you are unsuccessful in passing a module, you will have the opportunity to re-sit. You will be given the opportunity to re-sit a maximum of two modules (the same module twice or two different modules). A fee of £45 plus VAT will apply for each resit to cover the cost of administration and remarking assessments.
  • In extenuating circumstances, we may consider deferral to the next cohort for a fee of £125 plus VAT. Places on the course can only be deferred for one year and on one occasion only

How much does it cost?

Course cost is: £1,750.00 Please note that the course must be fully paid up before nurses start. Please be aware that there will be no refund if the course is not started or completed unless there are extraordinary circumstances and this is at the discretion of International Cat Care.

Further information

Please check you have understood and you meet all advertised prerequisites for the course. Please also read the terms and conditions for our distance education courses.

How do I enrol?

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