Caring Clare helps to maintain cats feline wonderful at Lancaster vets observe

However, there are times when the stress of visiting the vet can turn even the most playful kitties into the fiercest cats.

Now animal caretaker Clare Burrows, who works at Lancaster Vets in Bowerham, Lancaster, is sharing her knowledge and experience to help owners better understand their cat’s unique nature and keep them healthy and happy.

Clare has just completed her Advanced Cat Behavior Certificate from the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of the International Cat Care charity.

Clare Burrows, veterinary nurse who earned the ISFM Advanced Feline Behavior for Veterinary Professionals with her eleven year old cat Mille, a black moggie, at Lancaster Vets, Bowerham Road, Lanercost; Wednesday May 19, 2021JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY

She has always been passionate about cats and is happy to advise Lancaster Vets clients on their cat’s individual problems and how to deal with stress at home and at the vet.

The practice on Bowerham Road was the first in the area to achieve cat-friendly ISFM clinic status, thanks to its cat-only consulting rooms and kennels, waiting room facilities with raised shelves for cat transporters, and training for team members to handle cats.

Clare said, “I have always been fascinated by cat behavior as they are very unique characters that require a very different approach to behavior from dogs. Our goal is to offer our patients the best possible care and our customers excellent service. It is therefore important to continuously improve our knowledge and training.

“By completing the certificate, I was able to learn a lot about their behavioral traits and educate owners about their pets, from kittens to old age.

Clare Burrows, veterinary nurse who reached ISFM Advanced Feline Behavior for Veterinary Professionals with her 11 year old cat Mille, a black moggie, at Lancaster Vets, Bowerham Road, Lanercost; Wednesday May 19, 2021JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY

“Because cats are stressed in practice, owners often avoid visiting the vet, which is not good for their pet’s health and wellbeing and makes them more difficult for vets and caregivers to manage. With a little training and advice on how to handle your cats at home and the best transport boxes, it can be a lot less stressful to get to the vet. ”

Clare, a qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) who has been with Lancaster Vets for eight years, owns a cat named Mille.

Developing a cat-friendly ISFM clinic helped Lancaster Vets make cats and their owners more welcoming, reduced the stress of visiting vets, and made it easier for veterinary teams to treat and manage cats.

Clare Burrows, veterinary nurse who reached ISFM Advanced Feline Behavior for Veterinary Professionals with her 11 year old cat Mille, a black moggie, at Lancaster Vets, Bowerham Road, Lanercost; Wednesday May 19, 2021JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHYClare Burrows, veterinary nurse who reached ISFM Advanced Feline Behavior for Veterinary Professionals with her 11 year old cat Mille, a black moggie, at Lancaster Vets, Bowerham Road, Lanercost; Wednesday May 19, 2021JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY