Students will have completed the certificate before starting the diploma which provides a comprehensive and detailed look at feline health and behaviour, expanding on what is covered in the certificate and adding further new information. It is suitable for qualified nurses and is completed over 12 months.
However, we are able to offer an alternative route to the diploma. Candidates who have not done the certificate will complete two ‘foundation’ modules which cover the essentials of the certificate before moving on to the six diploma modules. These eight modules will be completed over 18 months.
Units covered include:
- Feline anaesthesia and analgesia: detailed information on pre-medication, induction, analgesia and maintenance of anaesthesia.
- Feline infectious disease: diagnosis, treatment and prevention of major viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases including the role of nurses in owner education.
- Non-infectious diseases: covering diseases of the major organ systems.
- Feline behavioural health and wellbeing: stress and the effect on clinical disease, behavioural problems and how to tackle them.
- Feline reproduction: normal reproductive anatomy and physiology, pregnancy and parturition, control of reproduction and congenital disease and neonatal care
- The feline expert veterinary nurse: running successful nursing clinics, the role of the nurse in feline lifestage care and disease, how to run popular nursing clinics in your practice.
The 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 eligible to join the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Academy of Feline Nurses and use the post-nominals ISFMDipFN.