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iCatCare & ISFM Cat Weekend


Saturday 28th September 2019
9.00 am


Sunday 29th September 2019
4.45 pm


Crowne Plaza Bridge Foot Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR


Non-members: From £95
ISFM members: From £95

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Come and join International Cat Care and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine for a weekend of outstanding and inspirational talks from the worlds of feline veterinary nursing and cat welfare.

Saturday is the ISFM Feline Nursing Day and six expert speakers will cover topics ranging from neurological examinations to hyperthyroidism and diabetes.

On Sunday, International Cat Care introduces its new initiative Cat Friendly Solutions for Unowned Cats. Vicky Halls, Ian McFarlaine and Lauren Finka will be joined by other cat welfare specialists to talk about cat lifestyles, how to optimise homing opportunities, pragmatic medicine and much much more.

We are also holding our Cat Friendly & Easy to Give Awards on the Saturday evening straight after the Feline Nursing Day, so come and join us for drinks and canapé.


ISFM Feline Nursing Day

Saturday 28th September

09.00 Registration open
10.00 Tips and tricks for neurological examination in cats
Mark Lowrie, Neurology Specialist, Dovecote Veterinary Hospital
10.45 Nursing considerations for hyperthyroid cats
Laura Rosewell, RVN, The Ralph
11.15 Coffee
11.45 Cat Care for Life: Preventive healthcare for kittens – health and behaviour
Sarah Endersby, Veterinary Development Manager, International Cat Care
12.30 Feeding for the future
Linda Ryan, RVN, Inspiring Pets
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Handling head trauma in cats – what YOU can do
Mark Lowrie, Neurology Specialist, Dovecote Veterinary Hospital
14.45 Changes at The Feline Centre – cat friendly ideas for us all
Suzanne Rudd, RVN, University of Bristol
15.15 Tea
15.45 Nursing considerations for diabetic cats
Laura Roswell, VN, the Ralph
16.30 Nursing the feline patient at home – is there a role for a District Veterinary Nurse?
Dot Creighton, RVN, Millennium Veterinary Practice
17.00 Close

This day is aimed at veterinary nurses. However, if you are not a veterinary nurse and there is something on the programme which you think will benefit your CPD, you are very welcome to attend.


Cat Friendly Solutions for Unowned Cats

Sunday 29th September

09.00 Registration open
9.45 A cat is a cat, is a cat … or is it? The spectrum of cat lifestyle and behaviour
Vicky Halls, International Cat Care
10.15 TNR – Questions which come up again and again!
Ian McFarlaine, Bermuda SPCA
11.00 Coffee
11.30 If we love them set them free: Basic principles to reduce stress, prevent suffering and optimise homing opportunities
Lauren Finka,  Nottingham Trent University, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
12.15 Cat Friendly Homing Traffic Light Assessment: What is it and how does it work?
Vicky Halls, International Cat Care
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Pragmatic medicine: Why doing everything isn’t better than doing nothing
Karen Hiestand, University of Sussex
14.45 Case study – alternative lifestyles (the Bengal on the farm)
Sue Hartley, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
15.00 Case study: Living with an ‘inbetweener’
Kim Horsford, International Cat Care
15.15 Tea
15.45 The importance of meaningful community engagement
Jane Clements, Cats Protection
16.15 Case study: Cats in Bermuda
Vicky Halls & Ian McFarlaine, International Cat Care & Bermuda SPCA
16.45 Close


What’s included?

  • Eight lectures on the Saturday giving you 5 hours of CPD

  • Nine lectures on the Sunday giving you 5 hours of CPD

  • CPD certificate of attendance

  • Online downloadable proceedings (2 weeks in advance)

  • Access to the conference app

  • A buffet lunch
  • Tea breaks


You can book for either day or for the whole weekend.

Registration rates: £105 day rate / £175 for the weekend

Special rates apply for those who work for a charity: please contact Nikki Jones, the Conference and Events Manager for more information

All our registrations are now done online via Eventbrite. Please read the ‘Registration Information’ before you complete your registration. This will help you to fill in the sections correctly. Once you’ve registered you’ll be able to access your booking to update or edit your details. You can also download and print your invoices and receipts as these will be automatically generated by the software.


Crowne Plaza
Bridge Foot
CV37 6YR

Tel: +44 (0)1789 279988

The conference is taking place in the glorious location of Stratford-upon-Avon in the West Midlands. The venue is the Crowne Plaza hotel located in the heart of the town, which offers excellent event space, catering and on-site car parking.

For anyone wishing to book accommodation, they should book directly with the hotel.

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Crowne Plaza Bridge Foot Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR