BVNA Congress saw the launch of the Feline Advisory Bureau’s range of distance learning courses, aimed at veterinary nurses and those interested in furthering their knowledge of cat care and medicine in practice.

BVNA launch of feline coursesAccording to the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB), the courses are the first distance learning courses to bring together all aspects of feline friendly nursing, from behaviour and handling, to recognition of pain and nutrition.

Three courses will be available from February 2010 and a fourth, more advanced, course from 2011. All courses will be available online and comprise six units to be completed over a period of nine months.

All four courses, designed in collaboration with Nestle Purina and VN Times, are accredited by the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and can count towards an RVN’s compulsory CPD requirement (number of hours per course is yet to be finalised).

The four levels of course are:

Foundation Award in Feline Friendly Nursing – Essential Cattitude (level: ANA)

  • Introduction: What is a cat? History of the cat
  • Normal development from kitten to pet cat
  • Influence of environment and lifestyle
  • Communication with the cat – cat to cat, cat to person
  • Lifestages, nutrition and resources
  • Breeds and basic care

Intermediate Award in Feline Friendly Nursing (level: training VN)

  • Essential Cattitude (can be omitted if Foundation level already completed)
  • Understanding the feline client + preventative healthcare + compliance
  • Recognising and alleviating the stresses and health risks of cats coming into practice
  • Handling, breeds, inherited disorders
  • The reproductive cat
  • Lifestyle issues

Advanced Award in Feline Friendly Nursing (level: qualified VN)

  • Essential Cattitude and understanding the feline client + compliance
  • WellCat principles
  • Cat Friendly Practice principles
  • Behaviour problems
  • Nutritional issues
  • Measurements and monitoring

*And coming in 2011*
Expert Award in Feline Friendly Nursing (degree-level VN and equivalent)

  • Essential Cattitude and understanding the feline client + compliance
  • Cat Friendly Practice + WellCat
  • Quality of life
  • Breeds, breeding issues, reproduction
  • Handling/care for specific procedures/disease control
  • Nursing consults

Each course costs £395, with a registration fee of £45. For more information, visit the FAB website

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