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Veterinary Medical Center is a "Cat Friendly Practice"

Veterinary Medical Center is a Cat Friendly PracticeThe American Association of
Feline Practitioners has designated The Ohio State University Veterinary
Medical Center (VMC) as a “Cat Friendly Practice.”  

“As soon as we learned about the
availability of this designation, we applied for it,” said Dr. Tony Buffington,
professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, feline and nutrition expert. “We
utilize low-stress handling techniques and have a cat-only ward to keep our
feline friends separate from dogs. Both of these efforts helped us achieve this
special designation.”

According to the website of the
AAFP, the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program was created to improve the
treatment, handling and overall healthcare of cats in order to elevate the
standard of care for feline patients. The CFP program utilizes an extensive self-assessment
checklist to enable veterinary practices to overcome challenges that arise when
owners bring cats to a veterinary practice. The goal is to provide a more
positive and relaxed experience for clients and their cats.

“We are also able to train our
students – future veterinarians – on the value of low-stress handling
techniques and are happy to provide a separate ward for cats,” said Karin
Zuckerman, director of the VMC. “Future expansion and enhancements planned for
the VMC may include a separate waiting area just for cats as well.”

"I am so pleased with our
commitment at the VMC to the standards of care that this designation recognizes,”
said Dr. Buffington. “This brings the spirit of the Indoor
Cat Initiative
into our

The Indoor
Cat Initiative
is an
on-line resource to provide cat owners with insights into cat behaviors and
strategies for providing environmental stimulation to keep indoor-housed cats
healthy and happy.

A full list of requirements for the
AAFP CFP can be found at

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