Feline Medicine ISFM | Centre for Veterinary Education

Feline Medicine ISFM

Want to gain the special skills required for those tricky feline patients?

An unwell cat poses many unique challenges to the small animal practitioner and the difference between managing canine and feline patients (in both the art and the science of veterinary medicine) is well recognised.

This course is designed to reinforce, deepen and broaden your knowledge of feline medicine in a practical, interactive and enjoyable way. In addition, it will provide you with valuable information to make your practice more ‘feline friendly’.

From 2018, to enable busy veterinarians to manage this course, it is now delivered over 2 years instead of one.

Past Participant:

“I found the course very informative and practical. It enhanced my practice of feline medicine a lot in my day-to-day dealing with feline patients.”

Adri Rossouw, Norfolk UK

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common feline disease

  • Expand your knowledge on unusual feline conditions

  • Increased confidence in handling feline patients gained through a range of practical advice

  • Review important developments in feline medicine

  • Understand key differences when dealing with certain disease conditions in cats versus dogs

  • Understand the pathophysiological responses of cats and gain the special skills needed to confidently treat your tricky feline patients.


Modules will commence every 2 months:


  • February – Dermatology

  • April – Respiratory Disease

  • June – Cardiology

  • August – Gastrointestinal Disease

  • October – Infectious Diseases


  • February – Urinary Tract Disease

  • April – Endocrine Disorders

  • June – Neurology/Musculoskeletal

  • August – Haematology/Immunology

  • October – Oncology

RACE Approved – 324 CE Credits

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 324 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

Limited places remaining

Distance Education

1 February 2018 - 30 November 2019
2 x 2-Day Workshops
Dates TBC
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2017
Early Bird
31 October 2017


BS BVetMed MANZCVSc (Feline) Dipl. AVBP (Feline)

Elise graduated from the Colorado State University with a BSc in biological sciences/anatomy and neurophysiology, and relocated to the UK in 1998 to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up staying permanently in the UK. She focused her clinical work and studies on feline medicine, was awarded Membership of the ANZCVSc in feline medicine in 2008, and later Diplomate status of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (AVBP) in 2012. She is currently working towards the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Recognised Specialist status in Feline Medicine. She operates a visiting feline referral and endoscopy service for those in first opinion practice in SE England. Her professional interests include medical endoscopy and endosurgery (laparoscopy). She has received formal training from both veterinary and human consultant surgeons in the USA, Germany, France and the UK. In her spare time she enjoys playing the cello, travelling, running events (10K and half marathons) and triathlon. Elise is one of the tutors of the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course.


Sarah Caney is a 1993 graduate of the University of Bristol where she completed her residency in feline medicine and PhD. She is an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine and enjoys seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline patients. Sarah has a particular interest in feline geriatrics and is conducting a number of research studies in this aspect of feline medicine. She has written several books for cat owners and veterinary professionals published by her company Cat Professional.  Sarah has been a key member of the tutoring team in the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course.

BVetMed (Hons) CertSAM Dipl. ECVIM-CA MRCVS

Sam Taylor graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2002 and completed internships in private referral practice before starting a Feline Advisory Bureau Residency at Bristol University. She was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and the European Diploma in 2009. In 2010 she became an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine. She currently works for the Feline Advisory Bureau (International Cat Care), specifically involved in distance learning and nursing education. She is an editorial board member for The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and her recent research interests include feline lymphoma. She is also passionate about improving cat handling in practice and care of senior cats. Her spare time is taken up protecting her two cats from her toddler's attention! Sam is a tutor in the CVE/ISFM Feline Medicine DE course.


Nicki graduated from the University of Edinburgh, and after several years in general practice she returned to The University of Edinburgh, initially running the First Opinion Clinic, before undertaking a residency in Internal Medicine sponsored by the Feline Advisory Bureau (now ISFM). Nicki subsequently became a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Internal Medicine, and was Head of The Feline Clinic for 3 years. She recently left Edinburgh to head down South to England with her two British Shorthair cats (Will and Grace) to take up a clinical post at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire. Nicki is a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine and a European Veterinary Specialist in Internal Medicine, and has numerous feline publications.


After graduating from the University of Reading in 1994 with a BSc in Animal Science, Sheila went on to study veterinary medicine at the University of London, graduating in 1998. She then spent 5 years in small animal practice before undertaking a Residency in Feline Medicine (funded by the Feline Advisory Bureau) at the University of Bristol. During her 3 years there, she successfully obtained her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and shortly after her residency was appointed as the Head of Small Animal Medicine at the Animal Health Trust where she was based for 2 years before joining IDEXX Laboratories in December 2009. Her specialist interests include endocrinology, gastroenterology and all aspects of feline medicine. She acquired her ECVIM Diploma in Internal Medicine in September 2010 and is a recognised European Veterinary Specialist in Internal Medicine. She was recognised as an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine in March 2012. She is a member of the Feline Advisory Bureau’s Feline Expert Panel and an editorial board member for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Sheila enjoys horse-riding, mountain biking, dining out and spending time with her 2 cats. 


Andy Sparkes graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 1983. In 1987 he joined the University of Bristol as an intern in feline medicine where he remained in various clinical, research and teaching positions and was ultimately appointed as Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine. In 2000, Andy joined the Animal Health Trust in the UK, and then in 2012 he was appointed as the Veterinary Director of International Cat Care and International Society of Feline Medicine. He has published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$5995$6280$6470
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.disted@sydney.edu.au to register.   

Further details

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