Dedicated to the
Health and Welfare of All Cats
Font Size


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.

Coming up in September, Winn is partnering with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) in order to provide educational sessions at their Annual Conference.Conference-Sponsor-Logo The 2018 AAFP Conference will be held from September 27 - 30 at the Charlotte Convention Center and Westin Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. The theme of this year’s conference is Senior & Geriatric Care and Emergency Medicine & Critical Care. Winn is sponsoring two sessions presented by Dr. Diane Eigner and Dr. Sheilah Robertson on Friday, September 28. Dr. Eigner will discuss Quality of Life Assessments, Feline Hospice, & Palliative Care and Dr. Robertson will discuss when, how, and where to say goodbye. For more information on the conference such as the agenda, additional sessions, abstracts and speaker bios, visit the AAFP website at Registration is currently open.

In addition, 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 2018 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 announced call for scholarship applications is usually made in January of each calendar year.

Announcements of the recipients will be made by April of each calendar year.

PDF of News Release

The two recipients for 2018 have been selected and the announcement was made in May 2018. Congratulations to these two outstanding individuals, Nicole Rowbotham of Mississippi State University and Courtney Meason-Smith of Texas A&M 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.

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.AVMF_2

The application is available online for completion on the AVMF website. Please select the Winn Feline Foundation scholarship during the application process.

The announcement of the recipient is usually made in July or August of each calendar year.

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.

IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX -- is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance veterinarians’ ability to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency, and build more economically successful practices. Our solutions lead the industry in accuracy, innovation, and customer service. IDEXX offers the most accurate pet-side results with our SNAP® tests, and the most sophisticated in-house diagnostic instruments including the Catalyst One™ Chemistry Analyzer and the SediVue™ Dx Urine Sediment Analyzer. IDEXX is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Winn Feline Symposium 50th Anniversary Event.

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 71 breeds of cats.

Wherever you are, you’re in TICA’s world. Fabulous felines…fun...and friendships®.
To learn about TICAor like on Facebook.


VetVinelogoVetVine 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.