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Cats Protection awards Lectureship in Feline Medicine

Fur vicAllison German, a veterinary surgeon from Plymouth, has been appointed as Cats Protection’s (CP) new Lecturer in Feline Medicine, to be based at the University of Liverpool’s Faculty of Veterinary Science.

She was appointed by an interviewing panel which included Cats Protection’s Chief Executive Helen Ralston as well as staff at the university. In addition to holding a PhD, gained from investigating feline viruses, Allison also has an MSc and has led a great deal of published research into feline medicine.

The aim of the lectureship, to last initially for three years, is to increase the profile of feline medicine on a national and regional basis and to educate veterinary surgeons, undergraduates and cat owners on the subject.

Allison will also be responsible for raising the profile of Cats Protection in the veterinary profession through conference presentations, as well as helping to draft the charity’s advisory and policy statements and educating CP’s own team of carers and veterinary surgeons.

“Feline medicine is a great passion of mine,” said Allison. “I am greatly looking forward to raising awareness of its importance and using my skills and knowledge to help the people who care for cats.”

Beth Skillings, Cats Protection’s Head of Veterinary Services, said: “Cats Protection is committed to ensuring the well-being of cats and kittens in our care, through preventative health care and husbandry strategies as well as with treatments for cats with health problems. I’m sure Allison will make a great contribution towards our mission.”

As part of its commitment to providing quality information concerning cat welfare, Cats Protection presently funds three other academic veterinary posts covering feline epidemiology and feline behaviour and welfare. Beth adds: “Through funding positions in these disciplines we can better understand and treat our cats so that they may be successfully re-homed.”