American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

AAFP Virtual eConference

AAFP Virtual eConference

Now Available On-Demand!
Initially Streamed April 6, 2020
An educational online experience with feline-focused topics!


Register for this dynamic, live Virtual eConference to experience world-class CE from the comfort of your home or office. By joining the eConference via a secure website, you are connected to distinguished speakers who are presenting on feline-specific, cutting-edge topics and answering your questions live. Virtual attendees from all over the world will achieve the same educational outcomes as those who attend onsite conferences, including the chance to increase your learning by interacting with fellow attendees. All you need is a stable internet connection and a computer or electronic device.


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 Anesthesia for Senior & Super-Senior Cats - Dr. Sheilah Robertson
 Anesthesia and Analgesia: Real World, Real Cases - Dr. Sheilah Robertson
 Questions with Dr. Sheilah Robertson
 Lunch Break
 Inter-Cat Tension in Multi-Cat Households - Dr. Sarah Heath
 Behavioral Considerations in Feline Obesity & Weight Loss - Dr. Sarah Heath
 Questions with Dr. Sarah Heath



Anesthesia for Senior and Super-Senior Cats
As cats age, significant changes in body composition and organ function occur that affect the distribution and elimination of anesthetic and analgesic drugs. If these are not accounted for, the risk of an overdose, adverse cardiorespiratory effects and delayed recovery is high. A large number of cats have osteoarthritis therefore careful patient positioning during procedures in important but often overlooked.

Anesthesia and Analgesia: Real World, Real Cases
Cats are well known for having more than one thing wrong with them and cats with co-morbidities often require anesthesia. The impact of disease(s) on major body systems and the effect of current treatments must be carefully scrutinized to develop an appropriate anesthetic plan. Cats with single and combined conditions including but not limited to hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, obesity, chronic kidney disease and osteoarthritis that require anesthesia for important procedures such as dental care will be discussed.


Inter-Cat Tension in Multi-Cat Households
As cats increase in popularity the number of multi-cat households is also on the increase. While many of these households are harmonious there are a significant number in which social tension between the cats is creating problems. When social tension is resulting in overt hostility, and physical confrontation occurs, it becomes obvious to caregivers that something needs to be done. However, social tension between cats does not always result in obvious physical fights and the chronic triggering of negative emotional responses has the potential to result in much more subtle behavioral change as well as compromised physical health. Increasing human understanding of feline social behavior and their environmental needs is the key to enabling caregivers to establish households that maximize positive emotional experiences for cats, remove unnecessary triggering of negative emotions and minimize the impact of justified negative emotions.

Behavioral Considerations in Feline Obesity and Weight Loss
There is increasing awareness that obesity is a complex disease in which many different factors play an important role. One of those factors is emotional health and the impact of the domestic environment on feline feeding behavior. Management and prevention of obesity relies on more than a simple balancing of food intake and energy output and involves improving owner understanding of natural feline behavior as well as improving the accuracy of communication between human caregivers and their cats. A similar understanding of the interplay between emotional and physical health is helpful when approaching cases of weight loss and dealing with the challenge of hypo and anorexic feline patients. The aim is to optimize both the home and the veterinary environment from a feline perspective in order to reduce physiological stress and its impact on patients with weight related concerns at either end of the spectrum.

RACE Credits

This program 249-39811 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4.00 CE Credits (4.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 4.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (4.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Category One: Medical, using the delivery method(s) of: Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.

Please contact the AAVSB RACE program at should you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession OR contact the AAFP Headquarters for further information at

*Note: Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Contact the AAFP Headquarters for further information at


IAABC Members who want to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for Dr. Heath’s two sessions need to email to receive the IAABC Event Certificate with CEU code(s).


Frequently Asked Questions

A Virtual eConference is a live meeting with speakers sharing their presentation with attendees over a secure website. This eConference includes opportunities for collaboration and shared learning without the need to travel or even leave the comfort of your own home or offices.

+ How is this different than a webinar?

The eConference takes place live, at a specific time, with speakers who are presenting in real time, and who will be able to answer attendee questions. Attendees will be able to interact with one another and discuss the content being presented. Veterinary professionals can have the same type of real-time educational experiences as those found at onsite conferences (networking, engaging conversations, etc.).

+ Why should I attend this eConference?

Veterinary professionals need to stay connected and well informed in order to remain successful. Attendees will receive 4 hours of feline-specific CE from world class speakers, Drs. Sarah Heath and Sheilah Robertson. Additionally, you do not need to travel to receive this sought-after CE, so it is easier to fit into your busy schedule.

+ How do I access the eConference?

The event will be hosted in our eLearning Center. All you need to do is log in with the account you registered with and follow instructions on the event page. To log in, visit You will also receive email reminders once registered.

+ Can I ask the speakers questions?

Yes, during the sessions you can submit questions via the Q&A pod. There will be time allotted after each session where presenters will address questions that were submitted.

+ How can I talk with fellow attendees?

There is a chat pod present during the eConference where you can ask questions and have discussions with your fellow attendees during and after the sessions.

+ What do I need to watch the eConference?

This event can be viewed on computers and mobile devices (tablets, cellphones – Adobe Connect app download required). We encourage all attendees to visit our eConference course in the eLearning Center prior to the event where you can review recommended hardware specifications and perform a speed test to ensure you are ready on April 6th.

+ What if I have to step away from my computer?

We have breaks built into the eConference schedule, including a 30-minute lunch break. However, if you need to step away during the session, that is ok. The session will be available in our eLearning Center on demand so you can watch it again at any time.

+ How do I prove my attendance at the eConference for my CE?

Once the session is complete, all who attended will be able to access a printable certificate within the course.

+ Can I watch it on demand?

Yes, a recording of all sessions will be available to registered attendees on demand in the AAFP eLearning Center.

+ Will we get the presentation resources?

There will be linked files available on the day of the presentation and available on demand afterwards within the eLearning Center course.


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