Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists has been awarded gold standard cat friendly status by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).  

The ISFM runs an international programme – cat friendly clinic – which rates practices and veterinary hospitals as bronze, silver or gold in terms of the “cat-friendliness” of the environment they offer.


Lumbry Park veterinary nurses (from left) Claire Dorey-Phillips, Gemma Winsor and Laura Rosewell.

Lumbry Park is a small animal referral hospital in Alton, Hampshire, opened in 2015 following an investment of more than £6 million from CVS.

It is a multi-disciplinary hospital, offering a range of advanced diagnostics and treatments for dogs and cats, including:

  • high-field MRI and CT scanning
  • keyhole surgery
  • interventional cardiac procedures
  • joint replacements

Highest standard

Lumbry Park clinical director Luca Ferasin said: “Bringing a cat to the vet is rarely an enjoyable experience – for the owner or cat – and we wanted to minimise the stress for both parties.

“As we designed Lumbry Park from scratch, we were able to include the features and facilities, such as separate waiting areas and wards, necessary to offer our feline patients the highest standard of care from the outset. It has been very rewarding to see them in daily use in our hospital.

“Our nurses are also highly trained in cat behaviour and handling – they are all great cat lovers and this really shines through.

“We are delighted to have been awarded the gold standard for creating a cat-friendly clinic and hope both our clients and their cats will find their visits a little less stressful in future.”

Major achievement

Around 2,000 accredited cat-friendly clinics exist worldwide.

ISFM veterinary director Andy Sparkes explained: “Reducing the stress cats experience during a veterinary visit is a vital part of protecting their welfare and also encouraging more regular veterinary visits.

“We are delighted Lumbry Park has achieved the gold standard cat-friendly clinic accreditation.

“It is a major achievement and International Cat Care is delighted when a large referral clinic, such as Lumbry Park, makes such efforts to create a cat-friendly environment for its patients.”

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