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Nominations open for VN Educator Awards
CQ ceremony will celebrate exceptional educators

Awarding body Central Qualifications (CQ) is inviting members of the profession to nominate candidates for this year’s Veterinary Nursing Educator of the Year Awards.

The awards ceremony, held annually at Central Hall in Westminster, recognises the hard work and dedication of staff who support veterinary nursing students.



Last year’s joint winners were Kirsty Gwynne, of Abbeydale Vetlink Veterinary Training Ltd, and Karen Saddleton, from Central College of Animal Studies. Nominators praised their tireless efforts, commitment and passion for teaching.

The awards are open to anyone involved in training and educating veterinary nurses in the UK; from college tutors and practical teachers to clinical coaches and other members of the training practice teams.

All members of the veterinary profession, including student vets and veterinary nurses, are eligible to nominate somebody they feel is deserving of recognition.


Karen Saddleton, from Central College of Animal Studies, receiving her award from Professor Alice Roberts last year.

Kirsty Gwynne, of Abbeydale Vetlink Veterinary Training Ltd, won the award jointly with Karen Saddleton.

Awards will be presented at the CQ Graduation and Awards Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, 9 June, 2018.

To submit a nomination, visit: www.cqual.org/cq-en/awardsnomination.php

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday, 17 April, 2018.

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ISFM announces first veterinary nurse conference

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 The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) - the veterinary division of International Cat Care - has announced its first annual conference dedicated to veterinary nurses. The day offers an opportunity to meet up with colleagues and enjoy more than five hours of stimulating CPD.

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, on Saturday 15 September 2018. Tickets are £95 per person and include lunch, coffee breaks, downloadable proceedings and CPD certificate. For details and to book your place visit www.eventbrite.co.uk  

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WSAVA awards Australian vet with 'Next Generation’ award

Australian vet Dr Guyan Weerasinghe has been crowned winner of the WSAVA ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award. The award recognises those who graduated within the last 10 years and have made a significant contribution to the welfare of companion animals and the veterinary profession as a whole.

Besides maintaining a small animal caseload, Dr Weerasinghe works for the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture where he is involved with animal disease surveillance and increasing the public health risks in veterinary practice. He also collaborates on various One Health projects across Australia and gives regular talks on the impact of climate change on animal health and welfare.

Dr Weerasinghe will receive his award at the WSAVA World Congress 2018 (25-28 September).