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Gold Star as Willows Vet Awarded RCVS Cat Specialist Status
24 May 2017
A vet at Willows Veterinary Centre has become one of just 16 feline specialists across the UK – adding to the practice’s position as a gold level Cat-Friendly Clinic.
Stephanie Lalor, who has worked at our state-of-the-art practice for three years, carried out a one-year rotating internship followed by a four-year residency in feline medicine at Edinburgh University to qualify as a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) feline specialist. As part of her work, Stephanie studied under Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore, the only professor of feline medicine in the UK. Stephanie also holds the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists’ Membership in Feline Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Diploma.
Willows offer a feline-specific internal medicine clinic, which is tailored for individual pet needs and covers a wide range of medical conditions.
Stephanie said: “At Willows, we do all we can to minimise the difficulties that cats and their owners might encounter when they are referred to us. Our staff are trained to be aware of the needs of cats and their owners and we have put in place not only the necessary facilities, but also specific working practices in order to make any visit with a cat as stress-free as possible.”
Stephanie is one of three official ‘cat advocates’ at Willows, a post required by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) as part of awarding Willows the prestigious gold level accreditation as a Cat-Friendly Clinic.
Other requirements include having a separate, specialised waiting area for feline patients, ensuring veterinary staff have regular development training, that cats are handled carefully and with respect to avoid unnecessary stress, and that relevant cat information is available to owners.
To find out more about Willows’ feline work and Cat-Friendly Clinic accreditation, visit Willows Cat Friendly Clinic.