Feline Medicine | Centre for Veterinary Education

Feline Medicine

Want to gain the special skills required for those tricky feline patients?

An unwell cat poses many unique challenges to the small animal practitioner and the difference between managing canine and feline patients (in both the art and the science of veterinary medicine) is well recognised. 

This course is designed to reinforce, deepen and broaden your knowledge of feline medicine in a practical, interactive and enjoyable way. In addition, it will provide you with valuable information to make your practice more ‘feline friendly’.

Past Participant

I have thoroughly enjoyed the CVE Feline Medicine course. The course content, listserv and assignments have helped me to become a better vet. The tutors were fantastic and very encouraging. As a sole practice vet, I found this course exactly what I needed. This course was not just for vets in state of the art referral centres but catered for vets working in small clinics with very little diagnostic equipment.

Orla Fitzpatrick, Auckland NZ

The Feline Medicine Distance Education course is truly an international course with 14 renowned tutors from all over the world. Depending on your location once you enrol you will join a cohort of participants in your part of the world. The CVE has partnered with the ISFM to provide and promote the Feline Medicine Distance Education course in UK and Europe. ISFM members are entitled to the same rates as CVE members for this DE course.

In 2015, the CVE partnered with the AAFP to promote this course in the US and Canada. AAFP members are also entitled to a special rate.

If you are a members of ISFM or AAFP please use the access links below to enrol in the Feline Medicine course:



Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common feline disease
  • Expand your knowledge on unusual feline conditions

  • Increased confidence in handling feline patients gained through a range of practical advice

  • Review important developments in feline medicine

  • Understand key differences when dealing with certain disease conditions in cats versus dogs

  • Understand the pathophysiological responses of cats and gain the special skills needed to confidently treat your tricky feline patients


This course now runs over 2 years in order to spread the workload more evenly. Modules will commence every 2 months as follows:


  • February – Dermatology

  • April – Respiratory Disease

  • June – Cardiology

  • August – Gastrointestinal Disease

  • October – Infectious Diseases


  • February – Urinary Tract Disease

  • April – Endocrine Disorders

  • June – Neurology/Musculoskeltal

  • August – Haematology/Immunology

  • October – Oncology

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

For the full terms and conditions please see our Terms.

RACE approved for 324 CE hours

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 324 hours of continuing education. 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. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Distance Education

1 February 2018 - 30 November 2019
2 x 2-Day Workshops
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2017
Early Bird
31 October 2017


BVSc (Hons) MVetClinStud FANZCVS

Having successfully gained her fellowship qualification, Carolyn commenced referral practice in Melbourne, from the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Hallam and then from the University of Melbourne. She is now one of the directors of Melbourne Cat Vets. Currently in the final stages of her PhD project, she has a busy family life with two children and two 19-year-old Burmese cats. Carolyn is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, particularly infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. She also has a strong interest in the theoretical underpinnings of effective adult learning and professional development. Carolyn is one of the tutors of the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course.



BVSc (Hons I) MVetStud FANZCVS

Kath graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal. Kath worked in private small animal practice in Sydney and the UK for three years. In 2006, Kath completed her internship in small animal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney after which she completed her Fellowship training program in feline medicine. In 2008, Kath attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in feline medicine. During her residency, Kath completed a research project on the pathology of feline low grade alimentary lymphoma and inflammatory bowel disease. Kath has a keen interest in all aspects of canine and feline medicine, and is also passionate about providing continuing education for veterinary practitioners. After 5 years at the University of Sydney, Kath joined the team at the Animal Referral Hospital, Sydney where she continues to work. Kath passed her Fellowship examinations in June 2012 and is now a registered specialist in Feline Medicine.


After graduating from the University of Queensland in 2000, Rachel worked in small animal practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom and received a "Cynthia Award" by the Feline Advisory Bureau for her dedication to cats.  Rachel completed three years as the Feline Advisory Bureau Senior Clinical Training Scholar at the University of Bristol. She is a member of the Feline Expert Panel, a reviewer for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and a contributing author to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Manual of Feline Practice. Her research into acute phase proteins in feline infection won the best clinical research abstract presentation at the BSAVA Congress in 2011. Rachel now runs the Feline Friendly Practice at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane, Australia. 

Rachel has lectured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, and areas of interest include feline haematological disease, geriatric medicine and liver disease. She has a partially sighted cat (Maus), a terror of a Burmese (Moriarty) and a very unique, deaf dog called Wombat. She divides her spare time between the three of them!

BVSc MANZCVS (SA Medicine, Feline Medicine)

Wayne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983 and spent 27 years in mixed practice in Singleton and Bega, NSW where he developed a broad a skill base. Over the years his focus slowly changed to small animals, with Wayne obtaining Membership in Small Animal Medicine in 1998, and completing the CVE Distance Education Course with Dr Russell Mitten in 1999. This spurred a succession of DE Courses starting in 2007 with the completion of Internal Medicine Keys to Understanding, Feline Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging and Sonology. In 2010 he moved to Canberra to work exclusively in small animal practice, where he continued developing his skills in ultrasonography and has a keen interest in feline and oncological cases.

When not working Wayne spends as much time as possible in Bemboka on the NSW South Coast where he and his partner Jo have just completed the construction of a new house on their 25 acre property, shared with a menagerie of animals. Wayne brings his range of skills to Feline Medicine DE as an active participant in the discussion forum and as a marker of assignments.

DVSc DipVetAn MVetClinStud PhD FACVSc FASM

Richard Malik graduated from the University of Sydney in 1981 and spent his first year training in anaesthesia and intensive care at Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This was followed by a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (ANU). Dr Malik then moved to the Neurobiology Research Centre at the University of Sydney studying the development of neuromuscular connections. In 1987 he returned to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as its first Resident in Small Animal Medicine. He remained in the vet school for 16 years in varying capacities and was the Valentine Charlton Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine from 1995 to 2002. Richard works as a consultant for the Centre for Veterinary Education, various private clinics in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and also for the RSPCA. He is also involved in a large number of collaborative research projects in both pure and applied research. He is passionate about all aspects of feline medicine, and has a special focus on treating common diseases using new therapeutic regimens. He also has a farm, with many pets including horses, sheep, goats and alpacas. Richard is an Adjunct Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Charles Sturt University.

BS BVetMed MANZCVSc (Feline) Dipl. AVBP (Feline)

Elise graduated from the Colorado State University with a BSc in biological sciences/anatomy and neurophysiology, and relocated to the UK in 1998 to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up staying permanently in the UK. She focused her clinical work and studies on feline medicine, was awarded Membership of the ANZCVSc in feline medicine in 2008, and later Diplomate status of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (AVBP) in 2012. She is currently working towards the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Recognised Specialist status in Feline Medicine. She operates a visiting feline referral and endoscopy service for those in first opinion practice in SE England. Her professional interests include medical endoscopy and endosurgery (laparoscopy). She has received formal training from both veterinary and human consultant surgeons in the USA, Germany, France and the UK. In her spare time she enjoys playing the cello, travelling, running events (10K and half marathons) and triathlon. Elise is one of the tutors of the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course.


Sarah Caney is a 1993 graduate of the University of Bristol where she completed her residency in feline medicine and PhD. She is an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine and enjoys seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline patients. Sarah has a particular interest in feline geriatrics and is conducting a number of research studies in this aspect of feline medicine. She has written several books for cat owners and veterinary professionals published by her company Cat Professional.  Sarah has been a key member of the tutoring team in the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course.

BVetMed (Hons) CertSAM Dipl. ECVIM-CA MRCVS

Sam Taylor graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2002 and completed internships in private referral practice before starting a Feline Advisory Bureau Residency at Bristol University. She was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and the European Diploma in 2009. In 2010 she became an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine. She currently works for the Feline Advisory Bureau (International Cat Care), specifically involved in distance learning and nursing education. She is an editorial board member for The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and her recent research interests include feline lymphoma. She is also passionate about improving cat handling in practice and care of senior cats. Her spare time is taken up protecting her two cats from her toddler's attention! Sam is a tutor in the CVE/ISFM Feline Medicine DE course.


Andy Sparkes graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 1983. In 1987 he joined the University of Bristol as an intern in feline medicine where he remained in various clinical, research and teaching positions and was ultimately appointed as Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine. In 2000, Andy joined the Animal Health Trust in the UK, and then in 2012 he was appointed as the Veterinary Director of International Cat Care and International Society of Feline Medicine. He has published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

DVM DABVP (Feline)

Susan Little received her BSc from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) and her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has been in feline practice since 1990 and achieved board certification in Feline Practice in 1997. She is part owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Canada. She is president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and is a feline medicine consultant for the Veterinary Information Network. She is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Veterinary Journal and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery as well as the author of many journal articles. She is the editor and co-author of 'The Cat – Clinical Medicine and Management' (Elsevier, 2012) and the editor of 'August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 7 (Elsevier, 2015).

BA (Anthropology & Zoology) DVM DACVIM PhD

Jessica Quimby received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 and completed a small animal rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She subsequently spent two years in feline exclusive private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving to Colorado State University. Wanting to learn more about medicine and advance the state of medical knowledge for cats, Jessica completed a combined small animal internal medicine residency and PhD program. In 2012 she completed her PhD entitled “Feline Chronic Kidney Disease: Novel Approaches to Etiology, Specific Therapy and Supportive Care" and was faculty at Colorado State until 2017. Dr. Quimby is now a faculty member at the Ohio State University. Her research continues to focus on chronic kidney disease in cats. She has an interest in clinical trials and clinical pharmacology which is aimed at improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with chronic kidney disease. Jessica is one of the tutors of the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course.


DVM PhD (Parasitology) DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1981, Dr Lappin completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. After two years in small animal practice in Los Angeles, he returned to the University of Georgia where he completed a small animal internal medicine residency and a PhD in Parasitology. Mike was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1987. He is currently an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and directs the Toxoplasma gondii Serology Laboratory. He has had multiple research grants funded and is the author of more than a hundred research papers and book chapters. Mike is an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Compendium for Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian. He has received the Beecham Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University and is currently the Assistant Department Head for Research. Mike is the director of the Center for Companion Animal Studies. The Center supports clinical research for faculty and students and utilizes only naturally occurring models of disease or research animals that can be adopted. He was selected to receive the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award 2008 for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, the Winn Feline Research Award in 2009, and was named an Oklahoma State University Distinguished Professor in 2010. Mike was selected to receive the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence by the ACVIM in 2014.

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$6310$6610$6810
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.disted@sydney.edu.au to redeem this discount.

Further details

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