|Animates Veterinary Clinics, a local practice with clinics in Thurlby and Market Deeping, has received a prestigious award in recognition of the standard of care it provides to its feline patients. The award has been made by International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of International Cat Care, a charity focused on raising standards of care for cats. It runs an international programme called Cat Friendly Clinic, which rates practices as Bronze, Silver or Gold in terms of the ‘cat-friendliness’ of the environment they offer.
Both of Animates’ clinics had to apply separately for the Award and both have been judged to have met the criteria for the top award – the Gold Standard. They are the first practices in Lincolnshire to have received it.
Animates is a dedicated companion animal practice and also offers care for ‘exotic’ pets. The ISFM’s Cat Friendly Clinic Programme recognises that bringing a cat to a veterinary clinic can be stressful, both for the cat and also the owner, and aims to encourage practices to create a more cat-friendly environment to make visits easier.
Vet Rebecca Kuttel explains: “We wanted to ensure that we were offering the very highest standard of care to our feline patients so have introduced a number of changes to achieve this. They include special ‘cubby-holes’, where owners waiting for an appointment can put their cat’s basket to help the cat feel safe; a separate waiting room area for cats and we have always had separate cat wards for in-patients in both of our clinics.
“We were delighted to hear that both of our clinics have been awarded the Gold Standard for creating a Cat Friendly Clinic. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and we hope that both our clients and their cats will find their visits to us a little less stressful in future!”
Dr Andy Sparkes, Veterinary Director at ISFM, comments: ”We are delighted that Animates Veterinary Clinics have become Gold Accredited Cat Friendly Clinics. This represents a huge achievement for the clinics their hard work will be hugely appreciated by the cats and cat owners visiting them. Reducing the stress cats experience during a visit to the vet has a major impact on their welfare. There are now more than 200 accredited Cat Friendly Clinics in the UK and well over 1,000 worldwide. We are delighted that Animate Veterinary Clinics are now part of this fast-growing movement.”
Animates client Miss Jill Gornall, owner of a cat called Ellie, said: “I have nothing but praise for the team at Animates who look after my elderly cat, Ellie. They follow everything through in great detail so I trust them completely.”
Animates’ Thurlby clinic is based at 2 The Green and can be contacted on 01778 420462. Its Market Deeping clinic is at 4 Stamford Road and can be reached on 01778 38011.