Wood Green, The Animals Charity, has received Gold standard accreditation. The charity’s veterinary clinic has been named a Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC).
The CFC programme has been developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine, the veterinary division of the leading feline charity International Cat Care, and accreditation has been made available in partnership with Purina. It 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 demonstration of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients.
Rachel Radwell the clinic’s Cat Advocate, said the team at Wood Green was proud to receive the Gold standard accreditation. ‘We wanted to make sure that a trip to see our vets was as stress-free an experience as possible for our cat patients and their owners,’ she said.
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 as possible, as well as providing support in staff training, handling techniques and cat-specific client care.
Cat owners can find out more about International Cat Care and the Cat Friendly Clinic initiative at www.catfriendlyclinic.org.