A leading Cambridgeshire animal hospital is purring with delight after being honoured with a prestigious award for its high-quality care for cats.

Linnaeus-owned DWR Veterinary Specialists, in Six Mile Bottom, has been recognised as a gold-level cat-friendly clinic (CFC) by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).

Among the changes at DWR are a separate cat waiting area with benches for seating and raising cats off the ground, with calming pheromone diffusers and carrier covers.

There are also two designated cat-only consultation rooms and access to a large cat ward, which also houses two procedure rooms and a separate changing and isolation area.

Gemma Reeve, head of clinical governance and cat advocate at DWR, said: “We are delighted to have achieved ISFM Cat Friendly Gold Status at DWR and are proud to provide such a calming and friendly environment for our feline friends.

“We have a passionate committee of feline friendly advocates in place who are dedicated to making sure our patients are happy and comfortable while visiting us, as well as keeping staff updated on the latest ISFM feline friendly guidance and maintaining our positive approach to all things cat.”

The ISFM launched the cat-friendly clinic initiative to encourage veterinary clinics to make changes to improve the welfare of cats in their care.

The programme advises practices on how to make their environment as welcoming as possible for cats, as well as providing support in team training, handling techniques and cat-specific client care.

Alongside Gemma, the other cat advocates at DWR are Amy Harding, Gemma Baker, Rebecca Rumsey and Alba Maldonado Moreno.

DWR Veterinary Specialists offers specialist-led care in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic pathology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy and soft tissue surgery.

For more information on DWR Veterinary Specialists, visit www.dickwhitereferrals.com or search for DWR Veterinary Specialists on social media.

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