Sunday 18th March 2018

Dr Andy Sparkes:

Domestic Cats: the Lion in the Living Room

Cats have been in the process of domestication for around 10,000 years, but are generally still regarded as semi-domesticated at best. Cats remain enigmatic animals, partly as a result of their lack of domestication and yet in many countries are now the most popular domestic pet. This talk will look at the development of the domestic cat, its behaviour, some common misunderstandings and how we can better integrate cats as domestic pets in the future.



Sunday 18th March 2018 at 12 noon at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon  School


Andrew Sparkes graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 1983, and after a period of four years in general practice joined the staff of the University of Bristol as a resident in feline medicine, a post funded by the charity International Cat Care (  Following completion of the residency he went on to a research appointment at the University of Bristol (1990-1993), which led to the successful completion of a PhD.  In 1993, Andrew was appointed Lecturer in Feline Medicine at the University of Bristol (a position also funded by International Cat Care).  In 1999 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and then in 2000, Andrew moved to the Animal Health Trust in the UK where in 2008 he took over as Head of the Division of Small Animal Studies. In 2010, Andrew became an independent consultant and then in 2012 was appointed as the Veterinary Director of International Cat Care and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).  Andrew has published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the AAFP.  


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