Launch of UK’s First Cat-only Eye Clinic By The London Cat Clinic
The London Cat Clinic (www.thelondoncatclinic.co.uk) is set to launch the UK’s first, and only, dedicated ophthalmology (eye) clinic for cats.
The exciting new facility will be headed up by renowned veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Ursula Dietrich. Ursula has decades of high-profile international experience in the field and is shortly to step down as senior lecturer in veterinary ophthalmology at The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to take up her new post.
Ursula has contributed to books and international research papers within the specialism and has held other prestigious positions including Chair of the Scientific Committee of European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2007-2012 and was member of the Examination Committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2002-2006 and Associate Editor (Ophthalmology) of the Journal of Small Animal Practice since 2012-18. In addition, Ursula holds Diplomas from the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Opthalmologists.
She said: “I am thrilled to take on this new role, heading up The London Cat Clinic’s new opthalmology centre. The clinic is doing wonderful things in feline veterinary care as the largest specialist practice devoted solely to cats in the UK. The ophthalmology service is the next exciting development in achieving our goal of being a centre of excellence in feline veterinary medicine.”
The ophthalmology service is set to start in September at The London Cat Clinic. A recipient of accolades including the national British Veterinary Hospital Design Awards for ‘best conversion’ and Overall Winner of the design award for best veterinary practice, The London Cat Clinic was opened in 2017 by Bob, the Street Cat, who sadly recently passed away.
Hugely innovative already with its purpose-built design, the clinic features calming ‘Cat Cubbies’, cat-sized cut-outs in the wall of the consultation rooms, for nervous cats to jump or walk up into using three large steps that they can step or perch on as they choose at any point along their journey. The London Cat Clinic uses technology and cutting-edge equipment to deliver outstanding clinical and customer experience.
Ursula says that cats benefit hugely from being in a feline-only veterinary environment: “Cats do not do well in a mixed veterinary environment where there are many other pets. The noise and different smells are an assault on their senses and their adrenaline and cortisol levels will spike, as there is literally nowhere to hide. At The London Cat Clinic, it is totally different. Cats are welcomed into our feline only environment and in the consulting rooms, they also have access to our Cat Cubbies which they can access if they feel anxious. For us, it’s all about the comfort and care of our patients, the cats.”
The specialist eye clinic will be the cornerstone of other dynamic developments at the clinic launching concurrently including the creation of a 24/7 round the clock care for hospital inpatients and a new emergency service for registered clients and patients.
The London Cat Clinic was also designated a ‘Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic’ by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), winner of The Best Veterinary Practice for Cats in London and South-East England in the 2017 Awards and runner up in The Southwark Small Business Excellence Awards last year.
Founder Dr Jeremy Campbell, who is an Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine and a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Feline Medicine, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Dietrich to the team, as she brings with her a wealth of experience in the field of feline ophthalmology. She will be a wonderful asset to The London Cat Clinic, as we embark on an exciting new chapter.”