We’re delighted to announce that our Okehampton surgery has achieved accreditation as a silver standard Cat Friendly Clinic, an internationally recognised award.
The Cat Friendly Clinic programme has been developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine and the veterinary division of the leading feline charity International Cat Care. It aims to promote well-being 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 demonstration 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 specifically for treating cats.
Most importantly, staff are encouraged to approach and handle cats sensitively and respectfully. Clinics are required to maintain high standards of veterinary care, including continuing to update their knowledge of feline medicine as new knowledge becomes available.
Kirstin Phippard, our Clinical Director, is proud to receive the silver Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation:
“We wanted to make sure that a trip to our surgery was as stress-free an experience as possible for our cat patients and their owners. Our clinic environment has been made cat friendly, and we have a gentle and empathetic approach to our cat patients to minimise stress. By helping our cats to feel safe and secure, we contribute to their positive experience and successful recoveries. We’re committed to delivering high standards of cat care, with compassion and expertise.”
For more information, please see our Cat Friendly Clinic page.