Laura Rosewell, an RVN at the Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre in Buckinghamshire, has won the Diploma prize in this year's International Cat Care and International Society of Feline Medicine Distance Education Awards.

The 'Recognition of Achievement' awards, sponsored by Royal Canin, are presented to the students who have gained the highest level of attainment on the charity’s distance education courses, as a way of rewarding their exceptional hard work and dedication.

ISFM currently runs two distance education courses specifically for veterinary nurses – the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing and the ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing. The Certificate is completed over a year and the Diploma over two years.

So far, over 800 nurses and technicians have done the courses from over 15 countries around the world.

The top, Diploma prize was awarded to Laura (pictured right, on the right), whilst another UK veterinary nurse, Jennifer Smith, won an award from the Certificate course, alongside Renee Vieviorka from New Zealand.

Claire Bessant, International Cat Care’s Chief Executive said: "We are delighted that over 800 veterinary nurses and technicians have undertaken these courses from many different countries. These nurses not only improve the care of the cats they personally care for, they also influence the veterinary clinic to improve its cat friendliness in general. Their enthusiasm is amazing and many cats will benefit as a result."

This year, there were also students who have completed both the Certificate and the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour (for vets and nurses), and again the students with the highest grades were recognised. The highest achieving student on the iCatCare Certificate in Feline Behaviour was Zazie Todd from Canada, and on the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour there were two award winners: Tricia Macpherson and Laura Edwards, both from the UK.

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