Feline Medicine ISFM | Centre for Veterinary Education

Feline Medicine ISFM

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’.

This course is now delivered over 2 years instead of one to enable busy veterinarians to manage this course.

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

In partnership with:

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

  • Be more confident in handling feline patients gained through a range of practical advice

  • Review important developments in feline medicine

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

  • Better 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.

Distance Education

1 February 2020 - 30 November 2021
2 x 2-Day Workshops (1 per year)
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
June 30, 2019
Early Bird
October 31, 2019


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.


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. 

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.

ISFM Member / CVE Member*$6318$6603$6793
Non-member / eMember$6650$6950$7150

International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) membership will be validated with ISFM after registration. *CVE Members include Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, and Academic members. All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars.   

Loyalty DE Discount: Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses. Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms & Conditions. To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.

Note: Enrol in a Distance Education course and pay in full before 30 June 2019 to save up to $500 and go in the draw to win a $1,000 CVE voucher. Winner announced 8 July 2019.