Joining together to bridge the gaps in feline health
American Association of Feline Practitioners
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is a professional organization representing feline practitioners who are passionate about the care of cats. The AAFP is dedicated to advancing the field of feline medicine and surgery by setting the standards of feline care through the publication of practice guidelines, position statements, and by providing continuing education.
Through publications, education, and thriving relationships with other organizations, the AAFP engages the veterinary community and its members by facilitating the exchange of scientific data and ideas. The AAFP is a “purrfect” fit as an affiliate organization to Winn as demonstrated by our joint scholarship.
Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) partnered again in 2017 to provide a two scholarships for a 3rd or 4th year veterinary students enrolled in an accredited veterinary college or school in the United States or Canada. The two $2500 awards are based upon academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health and welfare. One $2,500 scholarship was available for a veterinary student with a feline practice interest and the second $2,500 scholarship for a veterinary student with a clinical scientific research interest.
The two recipients for 2017 have been selected and the announcement was made in May 2017. Congratulations to these two outstanding individuals, Kaarin Muller of Washington State University and Liberty Sieberg of Colorado State University.
The first recipient of this joint scholarship was announced on May 25, 2016. A list of scholarship recipients can be viewed on our Awards page.
AAFP 2017 Conference
The AAFP held their Feline Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics 2017 Conference in Denver, CO from October 19 – 22.
For more information visits www.catvets.com/education or view the full conference brochure.
During the conference, Winn Feline Foundation recognized Saturday, October 21st, as Cures4CatsDay.
To learn more about this leading feline-dedicated organization, visit catvets.com and Winn's support of the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice® Program.
American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF)
Also, Winn Feline Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation offers a joint scholarship of $2500 to veterinary students with an interest in feline medicine. The guidelines for applying are similar to the joint scholarship with AAFP. The scholarship application has been available since 2009 each spring from February 1st until May 15th and the recipient is announced in July of each year.
The application is available online for completion on the AVMF website. Please select the Winn Feline Foundation scholarship during the application process.
The list of scholarship recipients can be viewed on our Awards page.
Cat Health Network
In response to cats frequently lagging behind dogs in visits to the veterinarian, the Cat Health Network (CHN) was founded in 2011 by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), Winn Feline Foundation and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Together, the network is committed to making a significant difference in the health and welfare of domestic cats by funding targeted health studies.
Research funded by CHN focuses on feline cancer, chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, feline lower urinary tract disease and pain management. Scientists used gene chips containing feline single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) — variations from the common feline DNA sequence that can help track down genes responsible for genetic diseases — to conduct their investigations.
These research studies were made possible by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, which donated the SNPs used in these studies (a $1 million value) to MAF, which in turn donated the SNPs to the CHN. In addition to the donated SNPs, the AVMF, Winn and AAFP committed $100,000 to fund the approved studies. Results from these studies show that genetic mutations cause many diseases or enhance susceptibility, and tests can be developed to identify carriers. Research conclusions will continue to close knowledge gaps about the cat genome.
Partners for Healthy Pets
Winn Feline Foundation became an associate member in the Partners for Healthy Pets in 2012. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation oversees the Partnership and its mission to ensure that pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve. The Partnership’s goal is to help reduce preventable diseases by urging pet owners to schedule veterinary checkups at least once per year.
Winn is very excited to help the Partners for Healthy Pets advance its mission and realize its vision of improving the overall health of pets.
TICA - The International Cat Association™
TICA™, The International Cat Association™, is the world’s largest genetic registry of pedigreed and household pet cats, the first and now the world’s largest–registry to allow household cats of unknown ancestry to compete for the same titles and awards as pedigreed cats. TICA and its members work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats and the health and welfare of ALL domestic cats through education, responsible cat ownership, and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. The responsible breeding of pedigreed cats preserves the distinct characteristics of individual pedigreed breeds and ensures the continuation of predictable physical and behavioral traits for future generations. TICA is headquartered in Harlingen, TX, and administers the rules licensing and management of hundreds of cat shows annually across the globe in 104 countries. TICA currently recognizes 63 breeds of cats.
Wherever you are, you’re in TICA’s world. Fabulous felines…fun...and friendships.
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VetVine is an online community of pet owners and veterinary medical professionals working together to take care of pets everywhere. Veterinary professionals connecting to share trusted information leading to excellent healthcare for pets.
Winn Feline Foundation and VetVine work together as educational partners to inform cat owners and veterinary medical professionals of the latest information on cat health. Links to Winn Feline Foundation's cat health blog and articles can be found on VetVine's website and the monthly newsletter provided to their veterinary hospital members. VetVine also provides a link to a current cat health topic in the monthly Winn e-newsletter.