Bay Vets Ltd are awarded internationally-recognised Cat Friendly Clinic Status
We have now successfully achieved accreditation as a Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC). The CFC programme has been developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) who are the Veterinary division of the leading feline charity International Cat Care, the accreditation has been made available in partnership with the well-known pet product supplier “Purina”.
The Cat Friendly Clinic Status aims to promote wellbeing and high standards of care for all cats visiting or being hospitalised in a Veterinary clinic. Under the programme, a clinic has to prove rigorous adherence to a set of criteria which includes provision of facilities and demonstrations of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients. The criteria includes having separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline friendly hospitalisation cages, and veterinary equipment specially for treating cats. Most importantly, staff are trained in approaching and handling cats sensitively and respectfully, and in maintaining high standards of Veterinary care, including continuing to update their knowledge of feline medicine as new treatments and information become available.
Nurse Joanne McCartney RVN & Senior Receptionist Diane Bain, the clinics “Cat Advocates”, were proud to receive this accreditation for Bay Vets and their hard work in gaining this accreditation was appreciated by all. They said “We wanted to make sure that a trip to see our Vets was a stress-free experience for our cat patients and their owners. Cats can get very anxious when taken out of their usually environment, and this can make the owners reluctant to seek Veterinary attention when their cats may need it. By undertaking the Cat Friendly Clinic Accreditation, we have committed to delivering the highest standard of cat care, with compassion and expertise”.
The International Society of Feline Medicine launched the Cat Friendly Clinic initiative three years ago, to encourage Veterinary practices everywhere to make best efforts to improve the welfare of cats in their care. The programme advises practices on how to make their environment as welcoming to cats and their owners as possible, as well as providing support in staff training, handling techniques and cat specific client care.
Cat owners can find out more about the International Cat Care and the Cat Friendly clinic initiative at www.catfriendlyclinic.org.
Please take a look below at some of the changes we have made to our surgeries to ensure you and your Cat have a peaceful and stress free trip to the Vets.
Please feel free to speak to Joanne or Diane with any concerns you may have or for advice on how to keep your cat happy and healthy.