Winner of our Transdermal Survey:
We are proud to announce the winner of our transdermal survey competition is none other than Prof Hattie Syme of the Royal Vet College. Hattie has devoted much of her career to researching hyperthyroidism and we’re delighted that she won our competition.
If you completed our survey, thank you very much! If not, you can still take the survey and help us to advise pharmaceutical manufacturers, veterinarians and owners on better care of cats - please click here
Vet Practice Bulk Book Order Discount:
Don't forget we run a special discount for vet practices wishing to stock our books.
(Discounts are not available online. To
claim, either download our book order form and post, or telephone our office -
Order 1 - 9 copies (any title of book) for only £10.99 per book
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New! Online CPD: online CPD is becoming increasingly popular due to its convenience and low costs. In keeping up with the times, we have launched the first (of many) distance learning modular courses for vets and nurses.
Our first course is on feline kidney disease and will update participants on their knowledge of diagnosis, assessment and management of cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Forthcoming courses will cover hyperthyroidism and lower urinary tract disease. Each module accounts for 7 hours of CPD. For further information, please click here
We are also happy to announce our new CPD Programme for 2014 which features a diverse range of topics, from world class speakers, in locations such as Derby, Maidenhead and Manchester. Our 2-day courses are proving very successful. However, one day attendance is also possible. For further information and to book your place, please click here
If you have already taken the time to complete our survey/s - thank you very much! If not, don't miss out on the book offers we provide as our way of saying thank you for your time. (Data obtained help us to advise veterinarians and owners on better care of cats. All submissions remain anonymous in analysis and no personal details will be passed on to third parties). Visit our surveys page here
Feline Nutrition Survey 2013: Don't miss our NEW! questionnaire open to all cat owners. Answer approximately 40 questions and be in with a chance to win £50 in Amazon or Marks and Spencer vouchers (your choice). All participants can also claim 25% discount on any book purchase by using the discount code provided when you submit your survey.
To take our survey, please click here
New/Updated Book Release! The newly revised 2013 edition of 'Caring for a cat with hyperthyroidism' by Dr. Sarah Caney is now available - check out our bookstore here for more details! Like us on Facebook here and get a special 25% discount on this new edition - valid until 25th June 2013.
We are absolutely thrilled that our first survey paper has been accepted, published and is now available to read on the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery website! This paper gives results from a survey of 111 cat owner’s experiences and opinions on the management of their hyperthyroid cats using oral anti-thyroid medication. You can access the full text if you subscribe to the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Alternatively, to read a summary of the paper, please see our free downloads page here
Thank you to all who visited our stand at BSAVA Congress this year. As in previous years, our CPD competition was very popular and we received a high entry of hopefuls wishing to attend our 2-day course on geriatric feline medicine in Leicestershire. The winner is: Deb Cumming from Ashfield House Vets in Long Eaton. Congratulations Deb!!
It's not too late to register for this course or indeed our feline clinical pathology and diagnostic problem-solving courses in June, please click here for further details.
The three lucky runners up who each receive a set of our books (7 in total) are:
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NEW! CPD SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMME: Vet Professionals are delighted to announce its new and diverse range of CPD topics for 2013 from world class speakers suitable for vets and nurses. Why not join us on our courses and take advantage of our discounted rates. To view the full timetable, please click here
London Vet Show: Thank you to all who took the time to visit our stand this year and enter into our daily prize draw for winning a complete set of our books. We had a great response and unfortunately, there could only be one winner for each day.
Vet Professionals are happy to announce the two lucky winners selected are:
Rachel Allen from Homer Veterinary Surgery in Hereford and
Sylvia Keller from Pengelly & Mizen Veterinary Surgeons in Peterborough.
Congratulations Rachel & Sylvia – we hope you enjoy our books!
'I found your website via the excellent archived webinars and am very grateful. Many thanks'
Lindsay Linnell MRCVS
Canine Incontinence Survey Winner:
We have had a fantastic response to our dog survey and wish to thank everyone for taking the time to enter. The survey is now closed (on Friday, 28th September 2012). However, we believe the information provided will go a long way towards helping provide both veterinarians and pet owners greater knowledge on the care of dogs with urinary incontinence.
We have selected a winner of our free day’s CPD on Professor Peter Holt’s up and coming CPD courses and are delighted to announce the winner is: Simon Wilson from Oakmount Vets, Burnley.
Online Book Survey Competition: we would like to thank everyone for participating in our Book Survey Competition. The lucky winner is: HELEN SMITH, who will receive £50 in vouchers!
Once again, thank you to all for taking the time to complete our survey, much appreciated.
Thank you to all who came by our stand at BSAVA Congress this year.
As in previous years, our CPD Competition was very popular and we received a high entry of hopefuls wishing to attend our 2-day course on geriatric feline medicine in Manchester. The winner is: Martin Batty from Calweton Vet Centre.
The three lucky runners up who each receive a set of our books are:
Congratulations to all!
Check out our 2012 CPD dates and courses for this year. Course topics range from elderly cats to small animal urology and we have venues all over the UK – for full details, click here
Don’t miss out on our competition at this year’s BSAVA Conference on 12th–15th April, Birmingham. Visit our stand and enter our fabulous draw to win a free registration on our 2-Day Geriatric Feline Medicine CPD course in Manchester (worth £642!). There are also 3 runners up prizes who will each receive a free set of our books!
We are delighted to announce the publication of 3 new books this
The first is the newly revised and updated kidney book, ‘Caring for a cat with chronic kidney disease’ by Dr. Sarah Caney.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of our first dog publication by a world renowned expert, Professor Peter Holt, ‘Understanding canine urinary incontinence’.
We have also extended our ‘Caring for a cat’ book series with ‘Caring for an overweight cat’ by authors Andrea Harvey and Samantha Taylor.
For full details/to see all our publications/book reviews and bulk discounts available, please click here.
Don’t miss out on our summer book sale ending soon – 25% discount on ALL books! (please use discount code SUM11)
Vet Professionals is delighted to announce the launch of several new publications aimed at pet owners whilst being of value to the veterinary professional. All of the following are due for release this Autumn:
all paperbacks £9.99 and downloadable versions £7.70
Vet Professionals has launched a new kidney disease survey and we need your help!
The launch of our web-based owner survey is to help improve our understanding of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Vet practices interested in helping us to recruit cases should click here to find out more. Owners wishing to complete the survey can access it here.
All vet practices involved in recruiting cases will receive a FREE print copy of the new book, ‘Caring for a cat with chronic kidney disease’ by Dr. Sarah Caney. All owners completing the survey will receive a free electronic copy of the same book.
We are being reminded that summer is drawing to a close as we take bookings for our autumn CPD courses! With our diverse range of topics and world class speakers, these courses are not to be missed! Please see our full programme here - book early to avoid disappointment, as well as benefit from our Early Bird discounted rates.
Vet Professionals launches our Autumn CPD programme and we have superb internationally respected speakers lined up for these:
Profs Danièlle Gunn-Moore and Peter Holt, Dr Andy Sparkes and Andrea Harvey. The courses focus on small animal urology and feline gastroenterology. To read more about these courses and to book your place, please visit http://www.vetprofessionals.com/events.php
We’ve also launched a discussion group on VetSurgeon.org which is open to all delegates attending our courses. We hope that this will be a popular way of discussing cases and protocols following the course. Contact us to find out more about this.
July also sees the launch of our summer book sale: All books are discounted by 25% when the discount code SUM11 is used. Vet Practices wishing to buy in bulk should contact us to find out about other discounts.
Around 450 people entered our anniversary competition.
We can announce the winner of a free Vet Professionals CPD day of their choice is:
Andy Nelson from Leonard Brothers Vet Centre, Whitchurch.
The three lucky runners-up who each receive a set of our books are:
Emma Bowden from London,
Bella O’Connell from O’Gorman Slater Main & Partners, Newbury and
Stephanie Writer-Davies from Mimram Veterinary Centre, Herts.
Congratulations and thank you to all who entered!
Dr Sarah Caney gave a webinar on feline chronic kidney disease for WSAVA at the end of May. This can be viewed free of charge by clicking here
Another successful BSAVA Congress for Vet Professionals with our concourse stand attracting more than 500 delegates.
Our Congress CPD Competition winner is:
Helen Perryman from The Shrubbery Vet Centre in Kent
who wins a place at our 2 day course on geriatric feline medicine in Gatwick.
The three lucky runners up who each receive a set of our books are:
Catrina Durose from Rocester
Laura Flemons from Mill Lane Veterinary Surgery in London
Chris Sherwood from PDSA Pet Aid Hospital in Leicester
This month we are pleased to announce the winner of our 2 day Feline Geriatric CPD course. And the winner is... Susan Howarth from MacArthur, Barstow & Gibbs Veterinary Surgeons in Worcester. Congratulations Susan and a big thanks to all the people who took the time to enter, we appreciate your interest. For more information on our upcoming CPD courses click here.
Also this month, Dr Caney continues with her speaking events on the Bayer Animal Health Renalzin Tour, with dates in Norwich and Swansea. The seminar ‘Managing Chronic Kidney Disease and the importance of phosphate control in cats', provides an evidence based rationale to diagnosis and treatment with advice on how to best manage kidney patients in general practice.
We have been overwhelmed with the responses to our Elderly Cat Survey with well over 1100 responses so far. Thank you so much to everyone with a cat age 11+ who took the time to complete the questionnaire. The results will be used as part of an important study aimed at finding out more about a condition called Cognitive Dysfunction (CDS) or more commonly known as feline senility, so your support and interest is much appreciated.
Speaking of elderly cats, if you are a Vet Surgeon or Veterinary Nurse, we’d love to invite you to attend our CPD event ‘Practical Feline Medicine: focus on elderly cats’. The 2 day course covers everything you need to know about this very important patient and is on the 19th & 20th of October at the Holiday Inn, Solihull, Birmingham. Speakers include feline experts, Dr Sarah Caney, Professor Danièlle Gunn-Moore and Vicky Halls, please click here for details – we’d love to see you there.
Vet Professionals had our second CPD event on July 8th at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Solihull, Birmingham. The one day lecture on Practical Feline Medicine: focus on endocrinology, was a big success, with some fantastic feedback from delegates. Our upcoming courses include, Practical Feline Medicine: focus on nephrology and urology on September 21st in Gatwick and Birmingham, on October 12th, click here to find out more.
On Thursday July 29th Dr Sarah Caney will be in Aberdeen speaking for Hill’s™ on Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. The event will be at the Palm Court Hotel, contact your local Hills Rep for more details.
It’s an exciting month for Cat Professional, with the launch of our first CPD event on June 29th at the Marriott Hotel, Edinburgh. The lecture, Practical Feline Medicine: focus on endocrinology, is a one day seminar with internationally respected speakers Dr Sarah Caney and Dr Andy Sparkes.
On 9th June Dr Caney will be at the Vet Trust Conference, Stirling, UK, speaking on the ‘Successful management of feline lower urinary tract disease’.
Also this month, Dr Caney continues with her speaking events on the Bayer Animal Health Renalzin Tour, with dates in Leeds and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The seminar ‘Managing Chronic Kidney Disease and the importance of phosphate control in cats', provides an evidence based rationale to diagnosis and treatment with advice on how to best manage kidney patients in general practice.
It’s a busy few months ahead for Dr Sarah Caney with speaking events across the UK and Europe. May 12th sees the launch of the Bayer Animal Health Renalzin Tour 2010. Over the forthcoming months, Dr Caney will be speaking on ‘Managing Chronic Kidney Disease and the importance of phosphate control’ in cats with dates throughout the UK. This practical one day seminar will focus on providing an evidence based rationale to diagnosis and treatment, with advice on how to best manage kidney patients in general practice.
Dr Caney will also be in Rotterdam, Netherlands on May 31st, speaking with Dr Andy Sparkes on Feline Nephrology at the ‘Bateau Veterinare’ conference for vets.
Thanks to everyone who entered our recent "Scotland's Oldest Cat" Competition. And the winner is...
Name: Charlie Graham
D.O.B 28 years old!!
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Health: Very good.
Owner: Sina Graham
Information: Charlie was presented to Mrs Graham as a birthday present in 1981. He now eats wet food for his kidneys but is otherwise in good health and is currently enjoying the fame and attention that this prestigious title has brought!
Name: Portia Duthie
D.O.B. 11th August 1988
Breed: Birman (Seal Point)
Health: Portia has a tumour in her stomach which she receives weekly injections for. Otherwise she is in good health.
Information: Portia has lived with her family since she was around 10 weeks old. She is very chatty, loves to be brushed and demands a lot of attention! When asked what she likes to eat she says she gets bored easily but loves cat milk.
Name: Queenie Wright
D.O.B: 23 years old
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Information: Queenie has lived with her family since she was 6wks old. Her owner says she has gone deaf now and finds it hard to jump or run but she is still going strong. Queenie likes to eat fresh chicken, fish and cat meat.
Name: Sasha Fife
D.O.B: 6th June 1990
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Health: Sasha has hyperthyroidism and is a bit deaf
Information: Sasha, featured here with her owner, came to live with her family as an 8 week old kitten from the Edinburgh cat and dog home - her mother had been abandoned in a layby. Her owner says she is very affectionate and has been a great companion but as an elderly cat now she sleeps a lot and loves sunbathing in the garden.
Name: Tink Longhurst
D.O.B: 24 years old
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Information: Tink was found as a kitten stuck up a tree! In her youth she was a keen hunter but now enjoys her retirement living with 19 guinea pigs, a dog and a rat!
Name: Topaz Logie
D.O.B: 16 years old (the youngest of our runners up!)
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Information: Topaz was born into her family as her mother belonged to Mrs Logie. Sadly Topaz’s mother died when Topaz was 9 days old and her owner kept her alive by hand rearing her. She is very much an indoor lady who enjoys her comforts and will partake in a bit of cheese when it’s offered!
Caring for a blind cat - Reviewed in this month's VN Times
Caring for a blind cat by Cat professionals
It's about time somebody produced a range of informative books on conditions that are seen widely in practice, but perhaps are not fully understood by anyone but the vets! 'Caring for a blind cat' by Cat Professional Ltd is one of a fairly new range of books that do just this.
It is aimed at pet owners and veterinary staff and has 3 sections. These cover information from coping with first finding out a cat is blind, followed by the scientific side of blindness and moving on through to some real life stories from pet owners with blind cats. There are photos throughout to support what is being discussed. The back of the book contains details of websites and organisations where further information and support can be obtained and there is also an extensive glossary.
I found this book to be a very informative read and written in such a way that it draws you in to read on and find out more. Some of the photos could be really useful; especially for nurses who run geriatric clinics and therefore may be more likely to see cats with eye abnormalities.
I found lots of useful tips to pass on to owners and I now realise how little I knew about eyes before I read this book!
The glossary at the back makes a good quick reference guide for cat owners or veterinary staff who want to know just what the vet is talking about when using eye terminology, but might feel too stupid to ask!
My only real concern about the book is that I feel that the highlighted words (in green) may actually not be dark enough for humans with less than perfect eyesight to see clearly. If I were to be fussy, I would also say that it would be nice if the book included a detailed, labelled diagram of the eye.
All practices will have the cat owner(s) whose cat is their life. It may be their child substitute and you can guarantee that they will want to know every intricate detail of their cat's condition – yesterday! For these owners, this book will be a godsend. For your more average pet owner, though, I feel that some of the science section may a little too in-depth.
What would be lovely to see perhaps, is a smaller, more simplified booklet (based on this book), being produced and made available for veterinary practices to hand out to clients of blind cats (maybe one of the major eye drug companies might help to fund them?).
Also, a warning for those of you with clients who have read this book; be sure to warn your vets and maybe get them to take a look too, because the client may come in armed with a lot of questions, some of which a non-specialist vet may have difficulty answering!
This book is a fascinating insight into the amazing ability of the cat to cope with a loss that would almost certainly throw us into complete turmoil if we were placed in the same position.
Veterinary surgeries will find this a very useful addition to their practice reference library and if they don't already have a library, this might be a good first buy. If a practice did not also want to have copies on the shelf to sell to clients, it would be a good book to consider loaning out to cat owners when they first discover their pet is blind. On borrowing it, they may decide they want to bag one for themselves anyway!
by Justine Thorne.
There was much excitement in the Cat Professional office this week when the eagerly awaited fourth title in the 'Caring for a cat' series was delivered from the printers! 'Caring for a cat with hyperthyroidism', by Cat Professional's Dr Sarah Caney is a complete guide to the condition, and at at 88 full-colour pages it is sure to help owners of cats diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. As with the other titles in the series it contains the acclaimed 'Glossary of terms used by vets' as well as hugely reassuring case studies, one of which is written by UK owner Kathy Wilkinson who has had seven cats diagnosed with the condition in the past five years. To order your copy of the title (available as an interactive eBook as well as soft-back) visit our online shop.
Comment and Advice Following the Recent Spate of Anti-freeze Poisoning Cases in Somerset
Following the recent spate of anti-freeze poisoning cases involving cats in Somerset which has been reported by the BBC and The Sun Cat Professional have issued information on how to spot the signs of anti-freeze poisoning and which course of action owners should take. The article can be seen here.
Since Cat Professional was founded in 2007 we have been fortunate enough to enjoy fantastic reviews of our 'Caring for a cat' series. To celebrate the fact that the books have proved to be such a well received resource around the world we've decided to publish a selection of the reviews. To see what's been said about our books in the press check out our reviews.
Cat Professional Contribute to Vicky Halls Newsletter.
Dr Sarah Caney was delighted to provide an article on feline asthma for the August 2009 edition of the 'Vicky Halls Newsletter'. Vicky Halls is an acclaimed Pet Behaviour Counsellor and the bestselling author of 'Cat Confidential', 'Cat Detective', 'Cat Counsellor' and 'The Complete Cat'. Her monthly newsletter is always informative, fun and 'feline-centric' and is delivered to the thousands of cat lovers worldwide. To find out more about Vicky Halls visit her fantastic website www.vickyhalls.net. You can download/view the article, entitled 'Inhaled therapy for asthmatic cats' here.
Cat Professional and Royal Canin Launch Search for Scotland’s Oldest Cat
As the headline suggests, July sees the launch of our search for Scotland’s oldest cat! The lucky winner will receive a year’s supply of Royal Canin Vet Care Nutrition Senior or Mature Cat food and will feature in Dr Sarah Caney's upcoming book “Caring for a geriatric cat”, a new title in the internationally acclaimed ‘Caring for a cat’ series.
(This competition is now closed.)
Cat Professional’s founder and Chief Executive, Dr Sarah Caney, continues her UK tour with Bayer Animal Health, lecturing at a series of CPD events entitled ‘Managing Chronic Renal Disease in Cats’. Renal disease affects more than 30% of cats over the age of 15 and is one of the most common diagnoses made in general practice. Although a diagnosis of kidney failure can daunting for most owners there is positive news for veterinary professionals and owners alike. Recent advances in diagnosis and treatment have seen great improvements in both quality and length of life. Details of the remaining event locations and dates can be found on our Forthcoming events/talks page.
Further information and guidance for owners of cats with renal disease can be found in Dr Caney’s book, ‘Caring for a cat with kidney failure’ – available here.
Cat Professional promotes improved feline renal diagnosis and treatment:
June saw the Cat Professional team in the beautiful setting of Cavtat (Croatia), where we attended the 2009 European Society of Feline Medicine (ESFM) Congress. Almost four-hundred veterinarians with a special interest in feline medicine attended, with many visiting the Cat Professional stand in the exhibition hall – ensuring that we completely sold out of our stock of books!
The Cat Professional Affiliate Programme also launched after feedback from numerous veterinary professionals. Practices that wish to recommend Cat Professional titles, either on their practice website or in the practice, can do so by joining the affiliate programme. Online information can be found here. Practices who wish to recommend the books in their practice should contact email@example.com. Affiliate Practices receive a copy of each of our current titles and earn 15% of each book sale.
Cat Professional just LOVE ‘The Great Race’. It’s the story of a sprint race between Marty and his one-eyed cat Midge and it was the unlikely hit of the Cannes Film Festival 2009 despite being made on a budget of just £1,000. We won’t spoil the ending by revealing who wins ‘The Great Race’, suffice to say he’s currently chasing a piece of string limbering up for the next challenge!
Cat Professional would like to thank Motus TV, Martin (Marty) Humphries and of course Midge for allowing us to share this fantastic clip.
Cat Professional enjoyed a hugely successful congress as first-time exhibitors, with almost 400 requests to be added to our new database in order to keep in touch with upcoming Cat Professional titles as well as news and information.
It was fantastic to meet so many veterinary professionals who were universally positive in their feedback about the value of the titles for clients as well as clinical resources. We surveyed all delegates who visited the stand on the title(s) that they felt would be most relevant for our next publication. Conditions which competed for the ‘top spot’ were hyperthyroidism, Diabetes Mellitus, Care of geriatric cats and obesity.
As we plan to launch our next title in June 2009 hopefully, a large number of delegates will be pleased with the next publication in the series!
Above: BSAVA delegate Emma O'Donnell receiving her prize from Cat Professional's Dr Sarah Caney. Although we hope that Emma enjoys her book, not everyone appeared delighted with the prize!
Dr Sarah Caney’s application for membership of the Cat Writers Association has been successful. The CWA is an organisation of professionals writing, publishing and broadcasting about cats.
‘Caring for a cat with lower urinary tract disease’ – a new book aimed at cat owners
Click here to read more and purchase this book.Reviews of this book include:
‘… the language is very accessible and an easy-to-follow glossary of terminology enables owners with no medical knowledge to understand the condition. The depth of the information makes it equally useful for veterinary nurses, cattery staff, breeders and re-homing charities.
This book also emphasises the need for practical lifestyle changes at home to manage FLUTD and gives excellent advice on subjects such as reducing stress in a multi-cat household and encouraging cats to drink.
FLUTD is a complicated subject for owners to fully appreciate so it is wonderful, at last, to have one book that contains all the necessary information that can be recommended to everyone!’
Vicky Halls - Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
and author of ‘Cat Confidential’, ‘Cat Detective’, ‘Cat Counsellor’
and ‘The Complete Cat’
Click here to read more and purchase this book.
This book is officially being launched at NAVC Congress 2009.
Cat Professional will have a stand at the commercial exhibition – come and visit us on Stand 332 (Gaylord Palms) and collect a free discount code for your book orders! 30% off regular book prices, reducing these to $10 per book.
LoveToKnow – the web resource with information on everything from Antiques to Yoga – has interviewed founder of Cat Professional, Dr Sarah Caney. LoveToKnow has a section devoted to cats with plenty of interesting and fun information on all matters feline. Read about Sarah’s life as a feline specialist by clicking here.
‘Caring for a Blind Cat’ – a new book aimed at cat owners
Click here to read more and purchase this book.
Reviews of this book include:
‘fantastic - really easy to read and packed with information’
Amanda, UK cat owner
‘This book will be of great help and comfort to owners of visually-impaired and blind cats. It is both highly informative and very practical, and the case studies give a real insight to the resilience of cats and their near unending ability to adapt to change (often being far better at it than their owners).
Professor Danièlle Gunn-Moore BSc BVM&S PhD MACVSc MRCVS, RVCS Specialist in Feline Medicine, Head of the Feline Clinic, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
'Caring for a blind cat’ contains comprehensive yet accessible information on the anatomy, diseases and conditions of the eye together with practical step-by-step advice for owners. It addresses both gradual and sudden onset presentations and provides excellent advice on the specific needs and care of the blind cat. The case histories are particularly useful, as it's always good to know you are not alone when tackling a problem!’
Vicky Halls - Author and member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
Click here to read more and purchase this book.