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American Association of Feline Practitioners

The Columbus Small Animal Hospital is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, a professional organization of veterinarians passionate about the care of cats.

The AAFP’s mission is to “improve the health and welfare of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education, and scientific investigation.”

The AAFP was formally established in 1971, with 25 founding members, and grew to over 200 members by 1974. Over the years, the AAFP has provided its members with the latest peer-reviewed scientific research and resources on the care of cats.

Recently, the AAFP has launched the Cat Friendly Practice® program, which grew out of the realization that many cat owners are reluctant to bring their cat to a veterinarian.

Cat Friendly Practices take extra steps to show they understand the unique needs of cats, by reducing the stress of a visit to the veterinarian; improve the quality of care; and ensure the clinic staff has the knowledge and resources to understand your cat’s unique needs.

Many cat friendly practices have dedicated examination rooms for felines, and have hospitalization and operating rooms that have been assessed to include appropriate equipment and procedures specifically for cats.

There are presently more than 1,000 Cat Friendly Practices across North and South America.