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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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New app to improve street dog welfare

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 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

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