Cat Friendly Clinic Status

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We are an accredited Silver status Cat Friendly Clinic, an initiative from the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of International Cat Care (icatcare).   We understand that there are unique difficulties in bringing a cat to the vets. Cats often do not travel well and feel unsafe away from their home. They are highly sensitive to new sights, sounds and smells.  Most cats prefer quiet and solitude and are highly susceptible to stress, e.g. are highly stressed by nearby dogs in the waiting room. Cats need to be handled gently and with respect in the practice... 

The Cat Friendly Clinic scheme means that accredited clinics have reached a higher standard of cat care. In brief this means that we:

  • Understand the needs of your cat and have made vet visits more cat-friendly
  • Understand how to approach and handle your cat gently and with care
  • Have good knowledge and the equipment to manage the care of your cat

Achieving the Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation involves all staff, from receptionists, nurses and nurse assistants, through to vets. Each accredited clinic also has at least one ‘Cat Advocate’, we have many more.  These members of staff help ensure our cat friendly standards are adhered to, and are happy to talk to you on aspects of your cat's care.


Cat Friendly Clinic standard … what does it mean for you and your cat?


A Cat Friendly Clinic gives you peace of mind and reassurance, letting you know that:

  • Our practice has achieved certain minimum accreditation standards
  • Our practice and our staff have thought about the specific needs of cats
  • Our staff will be happy to talk with you, show you what they do, and show you around our practice
What are the different levels of cat friendly clinic? 
  • Accreditation is at three levels – Bronze, Sliver and Gold
  • These recognise that vet clinics vary widely in their size, location, structure, staffing and equipment

Who are our Cat Friendly Staff?!


All our vets and nurses regularly care for feline patients and their welfare is important to everyone in the practice.  The following members of staff have had additional training and an additional feline interest, they are therefore our Cat Friendly Staff:


Vets
David Garrett
Lindsey Nice
Elsje Probert
Laura Marshall

RVNs
Emma Mead (Main Cat Friendly Clinic contact)
Kayleigh Buchelle
Dot Creighton
Becky Moore
Abi Thompson

Receptionists
Lindsey Washborne

Claire Easter


Full details of the requirements can be found on the Cat Friendly Clinic website, click here.


The International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM) is the veterinary division of International Cat Care (www.icatcare.org), a charity dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.

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