The Feline Practice category has approximately 84 active Diplomates. Most are in private practice with the majority of the caseload being cats. Diplomates are expected to be skilled in the art and science of medicine and surgery as well as other areas such as preventative and wellness care, behavior, and public health.
Veterinarians who pursue Feline certification may work in cat-only practices or simply prefer cats as patients. They have access to the latest equipment, supplies, and medical/surgical procedures. They routinely see interesting, complex cases and are able to work them up and manage them at a high standard. While they may refer challenging cases to specialists, most Diplomates prefer to keep patients themselves. They understand and appreciate the needs of cats and are experts at diagnosing and managing unique feline diseases. An increasing number of Feline Diplomates can be found lecturing at CE meetings and consulting.
Certification is challenging but rewarding. Veterinarians must have at least 6 years of full-time, high-quality practice experience with cats and be able to document a commitment to high-level continuing education. They also must be able to communicate professionally and scientifically by following instructions and preparing written case reports. To pass the comprehensive examination, candidates often spend an average of 1 hour per day studying, reading textbook and journal articles, and taking courses and practice tests. There are online study groups to help with credentials and examination preparation. A Regent is also available to answer questions and provide assistance and feedback.
The Feline Practice category is an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty™.
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