A Melton vets has achieved gold standard accreditation as a cat-friendly clinic, recognising its high standards of feline-friendly care.
Kings Veterinary Centre, on Kings Road, is one of only two Leicestershire vets to have received the gold accreditation under the internationally-recognised Cat Friendly Clinic programme.
This programme – developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of feline charity International Pet Care – aims to promote well-being and high standards of care for all cats visiting or being hospitalised in a veterinary clinic.
Under the programme, a clinic has to prove rigorous adherence to criteria including provision of facilities and demonstration of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as inpatients and out-patients.
Other criteria includes having separate dog and cat waiting areas and staff being trained in approaching and handling cats sensitively and respectfully as well as maintaining high standards of veterinary care.
Kings Veterinary Centre veterinary surgeon Jon Crosher said: “We wanted to make sure that a trip to see our vets was as stress-free an experience as possible for our cat patients and their owners.
“By undertaking cat friendly clinic accreditation we’ve committed to delivering high standards of cat care, with compassion and expertise throughout our team.”