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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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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”