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ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour


Wednesday 4th March 2020


Online Distance Education


Non-members: £995
ISFM members: £950 (For ISFM Practice Members only)

If you believe cats should be treated with care, compassion and understanding, then this is the course for you!

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills in many areas of feline behaviour to ensure you can:

  • Reduce feline stress during visits to the veterinary clinic
  • Incorporate behaviour into your welfare assessment of cats
  • Effectively educate your clients on how best to meet their cats’ behavioural needs
  • Understand how cats develop problem behaviours, how to prevent them and how to provide first aid behavioural advice when clients’ cats present with problem behaviour

Who can do this course?

This course is for veterinarians and veterinary nurses/technicians.

When will it be available?

The next course will run in Spring 2020 (Date TBC).

How is this course setup?

This course is:

  • Online-based to allow you to study from any location
  • Modular – you will study nine modules over 2 years
  • Only open to 60 students allowing both tutor and peer support

How much will this course cost?

The course costs £995.

If your practice is a current ISFM Practice Member, there is a discount of £20 available. To claim your discount apply the code MBFBAC45 at the checkout. ISFM Practice Membership status will be verified before the course start date.

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 purely at the discretion of International Cat Care.

How long will the course take?

The course runs over 2 years and is divided into 9 modules. Each module contains a number of short assessment activities, all of which will be due by the end of the 10-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.

What are the 9 modules?

  • What am I and where did I come from?
    Learning about the behavioural ecology, evolution and domestication of the cat will help you understand what makes a cat a cat and the relevance of this to veterinary practice and your clients.
  • What do I perceive and what can I say?
    Getting to grips with the feline senses and how they are utilised in communication will help you understand the best ways to interact with cats, as well as how to manage cat–cat relationships.
  • Will I grow up to be happy?
    Studying the behavioural development and behavioural health of kittens will aid your ability to educate your clients on how to give their kittens the best chance at becoming well-adjusted pets, as well as ensuring that you provide positive experiences to kittens in the veterinary clinic.
  • What do I feel and am I ok?
    By being able to recognise the different emotions cats can feel, you will become better skilled at recognising early signs of distress and pain.
  • Creating cat friendly homes
    Put your newly found knowledge into practice and develop the skills to help cats lead as stress-free lives as possible at home.
  • What do I know and what can I learn?
    Understanding how cats learn and how they perceive and evaluate the world around them will help you to develop the training skills to put this knowledge into practice to help reduce stress for cats coming to your clinic.
  • Creating cat friendly clinics
    Learn how to make your veterinary clinic behaviourally friendly, your team behaviourally aware and develop the skillset to solve behavioural dilemmas.
  • Clinical animal behaviour (2 modules)
    By gaining an understanding of problem behaviours in cats – how to prevent them, what causes them, how they might interplay with disease, what medication may help, what behavioural first aid is appropriate and when more specialist help is needed – you will be better equipped to take the right action to help reduce the prevalence of problem behaviours seen in your clinic.

How do I enrol?

Enrolment for the next course (Spring 2020) will open soon!

If you have any difficulty with the enrolment process, please contact

More information

While the course is designed to give the learner an overview of the various problem behaviours can occur in cats, the course is not designed to teach you to become a qualified cat behaviourist. However, it will be of great use for anyone wishing to pursue a career in clinical animal behaviour or for those already qualified, by providing a solid foundation in many aspects of cat behaviour.

Course prerequisites and terms and conditions

You must 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.

> Distance Education Courses – Prerequisites

> Distance Education Courses – Terms and Conditions