American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

The Cat Friendly Veterinary Environment: Setting Up for Success


Cat Friendly Veterinary Environment
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Cats are territorial by nature, preferring to remain within their defined safe space if possible. A trip to the veterinary hospital not only removes them from that territory, but exposes them to numerous threats. This seminar will examine the cat’s feelings during this experience and explore the many small but pivotal changes we can make that will improve the overall visit for the cat, caregiver, and veterinary team.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the veterinary experience from the cat’s view point.
  • Learn how we can adapt the veterinary environment to improve the cat’s experience.
  • Explore creative ways to adapt the veterinary environment without breaking the bank.

Speaker Bio

Kelly St. Denis, DVM, MSc, DABVP (Feline)

Kelly St. DenisDr. St. Denis is a practicing feline specialist, author, and international speaker. In her early career she trained in molecular biology and immunology, working in the field of cancer research. She has co-authored a number of practice guidelines including the recent 2022 AAFP/ISFM Cat Friendly Interactions and the 2022 AAFP/ISFM Cat Friendly Veterinary Environment Guidelines.

Dr. St. Denis is medical co-editor of the AAFP Feline Practitioner Magazine with Dr. Jessica Quimby and has recently joined Drs. Margie Scherk and Andy Sparkes as a co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

RACE Credits 

This program 20-974854/20-974932 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 1.00 CE Credits (1.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 1.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (1.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Medical using the delivery method(s) of: Non-Interactive Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirement