[Lakewood, Colorado; Bridgewater, New Jersey; September 1, 2020] The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) convened a panel of experts to update the 2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. The release of the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines provides updated recommendations and the most current information for feline vaccinations.
The Task Force approached the update with evidence-based recommendations and peer-reviewed literature on feline vaccinations. “Working together with these two organizations affords our veterinary community exposure to the wisdom of colleagues who are dedicated to increasing the standard of care for cats,” said Amy ES Stone, DVM, PhD, Chair of the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines Task Force.
The guidelines stress the need for an expanded understanding by veterinary professionals of individualized feline risk factors to determine a proper preventive healthcare plan. Practitioners are encouraged to gain better insight into feline patients’ risk factors, which may include life stage, environment, and lifestyle.