The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) new membership for nurses and technicians has attracted more than 2,000 members in 42 countries across the world.

Membership, which is free, gives nurses access to the online monthly journal Feline Focus.

Launched in October, this publication provides scientific information, as well as practical guides and articles covering topics from medical and surgical nursing to cat behaviour and professional issues.

Members are also able to register for free hour-long monthly webinars.

December’s webinar attracted 524 registrants who heard European specialist in small animal surgery Laura Owen discussing “wound-management – what do we need to know.”

Forthcoming webinars cover the anorexic patient, managing the pressures of work, cats and parasites, and surgical asepsis.

ISFM, the veterinary division of the charity International Cat Care (iCatCare), said it has always been acutely aware of the vital role good nursing care plays in feline health and welfare, and said it was delighted to be able to free high-quality information for nurses and technicians.

iCatCare chief executive Claire Bessant said: ‘It was really important to us to keep membership free so nurses and technicians from all corners of the globe are able to benefit from this high-quality resource.

“We recognise nurses can make a huge difference to the treatment of cats in practice, supporting our aims to ensure all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.”

Details of the webinars, ISFM’s feline nursing courses and all its initiatives for nurses and technicians can be found at

* The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has endorsed iCatCare’s website information for cat owners (

WSAVA said it recognised current and medically accurate information was an important component of patient care for both veterinary health care teams and pet owners.

“To this end, we fully endorse the information contained in the owner-oriented area of the iCatCare website,” a spokesman said.

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