One of our leading Staffordshire primary care vet practices is officially cool for cats after being awarded prestigious international status

Shires Vets, in Eccleshall Road, Stone, has been recognised as a gold level cat clinic by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).

Being recognised for delivering the highest standard of care and facilities for felines is a big honour for Linnaeus-owned Shires.

Will Jeffels, clinical director at Shires, which also offers farm and equine services, said: “Huge congratulations to our dedicated team for the hard work which has gone into achieving this award.

“This is a ringing endorsement of our work here, as to attain gold status you must offer an exceptional care package for cats.

“Cats are sensitive animals and offering them a stress-free environment is really important.

“First and foremost, all staff must be trained in feline-friendly care to ensure all cats receive the best possible experience from the moment they come through the door to the time they go home.

“The facilities and level of equipment must be first class, too, and fully focused on feline care and treatment.

“There needs to be a separate waiting area, separate hospital wards and separate kennels for cats, which are positioned well away from dogs and other animals to create a stress-free environment.”

Will revealed this high standard of feline care also benefits the team at Shires.

He said: “If a cat is relaxed and at ease then it is easier to examine and treat without the risk of being scratched or bitten. So, a happy cat also means a happy vet and a happy nurse.”

For more information about Shires, which also has practices in Stafford, Hanley, Eccleshall, Gnosall and Loggerheads, visit or search for Shires Vets on Facebook.

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