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Reference Desk February 2012

AAFP’s New Cat Friendly Practice Program Is Now Online

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    HILLSBOROUGH, New Jersey, February 21, 2012—The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recently launched a new program to standardize the elements that make a practice cat friendly. The AAFP Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program has announced that its online site is now open, and prospective applicants can begin the application process by going to www.catvets.com.

    Although there are millions more pet cats than dogs, almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the veterinarian. The CFP program seeks to transform and elevate the provision of feline veterinary care by laying the groundwork for improving care to an underserved population, identifying trends and baseline species information to increase understanding of cats, acknowledging the essential role of the owner in the veterinary visit, providing support to veterinarians and their teams as they create cat friendly environments, and outlining strategies for better standards of feline care.
    Practices interested in Cat Friendly Practice status must identify at least one person in the practice who is an AAFP member. The practice self-assessment is completed online in an easy-to-use format and progress is automatically saved as you proceed.  Practices must provide evidence that they are in compliance with ten topic areas. The Cat Friendly Practice Checklist Criteria provides guidance in assessing compliance in each of the ten areas and offers supplemental resources including “A Guide to Creating a Cat Friendly Practice.” There are two standards a practice may obtain: Silver or Gold. Silver Standard practices meet the essential standard criteria; Gold Standard practices incorporate the optimum level of Cat Friendly Criteria.

    Once approved, the Cat Friendly Practice will be listed on the online Cat Friendly Practice public database and will receive an extensive Toolkit that includes numerous marketing pieces that can be used to promote this status to current and new clients.The AAFP would like to acknowledge our generous program sponsors  Pfizer Animal Health, Ceva Animal Health, and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

    Practices that would like to become a CFP should visit the website (www.catvets.com) for more information, to begin the application process, or for information on becoming an AAFP member.

    About the AAFP
    The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) improves the health and welfare of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education, and scientific investigation. The AAFP has a long-standing reputation and track record in the veterinary community for facilitating high standards of practice and offers practice guidelines to veterinarians. Over the years, the AAFP has encouraged veterinarians to continuously re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies in an effort to advance the quality of feline medicine. 

    Source: American Association of Feline Practitioners


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