Feline neurology, surgery and behaviour have been announced as the key themes at the 2014 International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) congress.

The event, set to take place in the Latvian capital of Riga from June 18-22, will see feline experts from the UK and around the world lecture on a packed programme of topics, including cystitis, clinical nutrition, paralysed cats and neurological diseases.

However, delegates will get the Saturday afternoon off CPD in order to explore the city.

Speakers include:

  • Tony Buffington, of The Ohio State University, on the development, diagnosis and management of feline idiopathic cystitis, environmental enrichment for captive cats and clinical nutrition.
  • RCVS and European specialist Laurent Garosi, of Davies Veterinary Specialists, on management of traumatic brain injury, acute spinal injury, evaluation of the paralysed cat and approaches to the wobbly, weak or seizuring cat.
  • John Williams, of North West Surgeons, on surgical management of portosystemic shunts and laryngeal paralysis.
  • Rita Goncalves, from the University of Liverpool, on infectious, metabolic and toxic causes of neurological disease, and management of hepatic encephalopathy.

ISFM spokesman Karen Bessant said: “There will also be plenty of opportunity to catch up with old friends, and make new ones, with three free drink receptions provided by sponsors in addition to the main social event on Saturday, the ‘Hollywood glamour’ theme party set in the grand hall of the historic Riga Latvian Society House.”

Registration costs £390 for ISFM members and £460 for non-members.

For the full scientific programme and to register, go to www.icatcare.org/vets

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