International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)

International | Affiliate Member

Veterinary Director /WSAVA Representative
Dr. Andy Sparkes

: 1800


ISFM Overview

The International Society of Feline Medicine is the veterinary division of the charity International Cat Care (, formerly know as the Feline Advisory Bureau. 

International Cat Care was established in 1958 and its vision is that ‘All cats, both owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding’.  The mission of International Cat Care is ‘To engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) was established in 1996 as the veterinary focus for the work of the charity and, together with the American Society of Feline Practitioners, it publishes the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

The charity works in three

main ways:

1. Providing information to owners and carers of cats to improve welfare

2. Working to improve the welfare of unowned cats, and

3. Working with the veterinary profession to improve feline care 


ISFM Annual Report to WSAVA for 2015


2015 List of Activities:

ISFM continues to :

- Produce the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (along with the American Association of Feline Practitioners)

- Hold highly successful annual European and Asia-Pacific congresses

- Provide distance education programmes for vets and for vet nurses/technicians

- Hold feline symposia in association with a number of other congresses (WSAVA, SEVC, BSAVA etc)

- Develop a network of National Partner organisations with which it interacts

- Promote its Academy of Feline Practitioners for those members who hold the ANZCVS qualification in the Medicine of Cats, and certain other post-graduate clinical qualifications



2015 Highlights:

During 2015, ISFM was particularly active in developing its Membership for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians. This was launched at the very end of 2014 and by November 2016 this had developed into an international membership of more than 6500 members. 

Membership is offered free of charge to all veterinary nurses and technicians and to all who fulfil that function within a veterinary clinic ( Members receive a free monthly dedicated electronic journal and are provided with free monthly webinars that are viewed by more than 1000 members each month. Membership is drawn from more than 50 countries.

In addition to Nurse and Technician Membership, 2015 also saw significant expansion of the ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic programme (

ISFM Annual Report to WSAVA for 2016