In October 2017, the American Academy of Veterinary Medicine issued guidelines on cat training for veterinary students.
The guidelines say cats should not be trained for jobs or exams, as they may harm the animal’s welfare and can lead to dangerous behaviors.
However, a number of colleges and universities are teaching classes on cats as part of their veterinary program.
According to a spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association, the ACMA’s College of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and the American College of Animal Practitioners have published cat training guidelines for veterinarians.
While they are based on scientific data, these guidelines do not necessarily reflect the best practices for cat care in veterinary practices.
“It’s really important to educate the veterinary community on the importance of keeping cats in a healthy environment,” said Dr. Stephanie Phelan, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.
“The public health and welfare of animals is one of the reasons veterinarians choose to practice veterinary medicine.”
For example, the University, with over 8,000 students, has guidelines for the care of cats, including keeping them inside in an enclosed area with a door, a door lock, and a cat bed.
“I think there’s an expectation that you should be able to leave the house, have a quiet place to relax, have access to fresh air, and have a place to exercise your cats, but I also think that we should always have a plan for what we’re going to do if we get in an emergency,” said Emily Leach, a veterinary student at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
Leach is working on a project on animal health and wellness, which aims to create a training plan for veterinaries.
“We want to do everything we can to make sure our students are well prepared for the challenges of being in the veterinary profession,” Leach said.
Veterinarians are required to have a health and safety plan for their patients.
Leaches project will include a checklist of important signs, symptoms, and procedures that veterinarians should take when handling cats.
The checklist will be posted online at pethealth.uscourts.edu, and students will be able see how their veterinarians are complying with those steps.
Veterinary students at Colorado State University are teaching cat training courses for veterinary applicants.
Students will learn how to teach cats to read and recognize objects in a laboratory setting, and learn how a cat is socialized to its new owner.
The program will begin in 2019 and will culminate in a certification program for veterinary assistants in 2019.
“A cat can be an incredibly valuable asset in the care and treatment of a patient, and we want our veterinary students to know how to be responsible stewards of the animal they’re trained to be,” said Lisa Karp, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Practice at Colorado St. Lawrence University.
“This is something that we can all learn from the vet students that have gone before us.”
Students at Colorado Veterinary College are also teaching an animal training class on cat anatomy and physiology.
In the class, students will learn the anatomy of a cat, as well as how to treat and care for it, as part.
The class is open to anyone who wants to learn how their cat is being cared for.
For more information on the class and how to apply for it and other animal training classes at Colorado, visit pethealthusa.com.
“If you want to make a change in your life, you have to work for it,” said Phelas.
“When you look at the big picture, this is really about the future of the veterinary practice, so this is a really great way for students to get in shape.”
The College of Veterinaries of Colorado offers a range of cat training programs to pet owners, but some of the programs are designed specifically for veterinans.
The American Veterinary Association (AVA) has published guidelines for animal care and training for veterinars, and veterinarians who are interested in adopting a cat as a pet can apply for one.
While these programs are not mandated by the ACDA, they can help to make the veterinary training process more effective for the pets in your care.