World Feline Veterinary Congress

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ISFM had its most successful Congress to date, with an amazing 650 attendees from 37 different countires.

The Congress was held at the Fira Palace, Barcelona, with the theme of paediatrics and geriatrics. The Congress ran in conjunction with AAFP and GEMFE.

Congress pictures

See our dedicated Pinterest board for all the Congress pictures.

Delegate feedback

Super location, super subjects, super speakers, and most of all super feline friends ...Yes it’s almost like Christmas in summertime!


The conference is the most welcoming, positive conference in the world. Packed with can-do people who are committed to making a difference in their area.


Congress round up

Andy Sparkes opened the WFVC with his own now traditional and much anticipated, video presentation, which did not disappoint. Playing to the stirring sound track of ‘Barcelona’ by Queen, concluded with the image of FC Barcelona apparently saluting ISFM!

Pre-Congress days

The WFVC ran from June 26–30 and included two bonus days of CPD provided courtesy of the Congress sponsors, Hill’s, CEVA, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer, Merial and Novartis.

Getting the relationship right between cats and people was the focus of the CEVA/ISFM behaviour symposium where Sarah Ellis was one of the speakers. Ian MacFarlaine (right) of International Cat Care, ISFM’s parent charity, provided an update of its welfare work at the Merial sponsored event where he also paid tribute to the veterinary volunteers who had made the work possible.

Sponsored lectures given by eminent speakers covered topics as diverse as obesity, kidney disease, helping cats overcome abuse and treating mobility disorders.

The main event

Keynote speaker Susan Little, one of only a handful of people with true expertise in the complex area of paediatrics, gave seven engaging lectures during the main programme on subjects ranging from dystocia to diarrhoea in kittens. She also ran one of the three more intimate masterclasses, all of which were fully subscribed.

Audience participation during one of Professor Danièlle Gunn-Moore’s three sessions.

Danièlle also gave an in-depth masterclass on feline infectious diseases.

A bumper crop of 25 posters were on display. Many delegates took the opportunity to discuss the research with the authors. Abstracts for these posters appear in the September issue of JFMS

The social events

Pictured top, are long-standing friends of ISFM enjoying the Hill's Welcome Reception.

Flowers and flappers were out in perfusion amongst the stilt walkers for the Art Nouveau theme party on Saturday night at the Salon de Jardin, Bareclona. Treasurer of the AAFP Arnie Zislin and his wife, Elaine (pictured bottom), who impressively, donned her wedding dress from 36 years ago for the occasion!

With thanks to our sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible.