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Broadcaster Lucy Cooke to deliver CQ keynote speech
Lucy is a passionate conservationist and a champion of weird and wonderful species.
Graduation ceremony celebrates the hard work and success of veterinary nursing students

Award-winning TV presenter, producer and zoologist Lucy Cooke will deliver the keynote speech at the Central Qualifications (CQ) Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 22 June.

Lucy is a passionate conservationist and a champion of weird and wonderful species. Her popular, immersive style blends extraordinary storytelling with a smattering of humour to reach audiences far and wide.

Lucy began her broadcasting career hosting Freaks and Creeps on National Geographic. Since then, she has presented various television shows for BBC One, ITV and BBC 4, including Nature’s Boldest Thieves and Animals Unexpected.

Her work as a writer and producer on Meet the Sloths won Lucy a Wildscreen Panda Award and spawned a major 13-part series for Animal Planet. Most recently she joined the BBC’s Springwatch team and has competed against Chris Packham on the natural history quiz show, Curious Creatures.

Taking place at Central Hall, Westminster, the CQ graduation ceremony will celebrate the hard work and success of veterinary nurses who have qualified during the course of the past academic year.

This will be followed by the VN Educator of the Year Awards, which pay tribute to the hardworking staff who support students studying for veterinary nursing qualifications.

Last year’s award was jointly presented to Elaine Lamb and Kerry Jackson. Elaine is head of Reaseheath College and programme leader for veterinary nursing while Kerry is training coordinator for the Veterinary Nursing Diploma programme at Goddard Veterinary Group.

For more information about the award and to make a nomination visit http://cqual.org.uk/cq-en/awardsnomination.php 

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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BEVA survey seeks views about antibiotic use in horses

Equine vets are being invited to participate in a BEVA survey that aims to find out more about antimicrobial resistance in equine veterinary practice.

Designed by researchers at the University of Liverpool and incoming BEVA president Tim Mair, the survey aims to fill gaps in knowledge about how antimicrobials are being used in equine practice and the landscape of resistant infections encountered in equine practice.

Researchers hope the results will lead to a greater understanding of the role of antimicrobial treatment and antimicrobial resistance in horses and protect antibiotics for the future of equine and human health.