ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing

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The ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing is aimed at Veterinary Nurses and technicians with a particular interest in cats.

The course provides a detailed introduction to feline health, welfare and behaviour and should help nurses to improve the care of cats within their practice and considerably expand their knowledge and understanding of this complex but fascinating species.

Who can complete the course?

The ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing is aimed at Veterinary Nurses and technicians with a particular interest in cats or those studying towards a veterinary qualification.

Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding feline behaviour
Understanding feline behaviour and its relevance to veterinary practice and your clients, what makes a cat a cat? Learning and social behaviour in cats: behavioural problems and how to solve them.

Module 2: How to make a practice ‘Cat Friendly’
Cat friendly practice principles will improve the handling and care of cats in your practice.

Module 3: Practical feline nursing 1
This module covers preventative healthcare, clinical examination and practical cat handling.

Module 4: Practical feline nursing 2
Module 4 looks at feline specific pharmacology, analgesia and fluid therapy along with laboratory techniques and interpretation.

Module 5: Common infectious and non-infectious diseases in cats
This module is all about infectious and non-infectious diseases of cats. In this module we'll cover the common complaints> Nursing sick cats requires you to understand what is wrong with them, so we have included diagnostic information as well as treatment to give you a broad overview.

Module 6: Feline nutrition in practice
Cats are not small dogs! Module 5 focuses on the specific nutritional requirements of cats and what happens when we get nutrition wrong.

When does the course start?

The next course starts on the 9th March 2023.

How long will the course take?

  • The course runs over 12 months and is divided into 6 modules. Each module contains a number of short assessment activities, all of which will be due by the end of the 8-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: £700.00. 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 Info

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?

To enrol for this course, click the ‘Enrol’ button below. You will have the option to pay via invoice or credit card at the checkout stage. If you have any difficulty with the enrolment process, please contact support@icatcare.org

Limited seats available.
Price: £700.00
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