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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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Veterinary Evidence Student Awards winners revealed

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 The first winners of the RCVS Knowledge Veterinary Evidence Student Awards have been revealed.

Molly Vasanthakumar scooped first prize for her knowledge summary comparing the ecological impact of woven versus disposable drapes. She found that there is not enough evidence that disposable synthetics reduce the risk of surgical site.

Second prize went to Honoria Brown of the University of Cambridge, for her paper: ‘Can hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure be used as sensitive non-invasive diagnostic indicators of acute laminitis onset?’

Edinburgh’s Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong won third prize for critically appraising the evidence for whether a daily probiotic improved clinical outcomes in dogs with idiopathic diarrhoea. The papers have all achieved publication in RCVS Knowledge’s peer-reviewed journal, Veterinary Evidence.  

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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) seeks three new trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve animal welfare through veterinary science, education and debate.

Veterinary and animal welfare professionals from across the UK may apply, particularly those with experience in equine and small animal practice and research management. Trustees must attend at least two meetings a year, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in London.

For more information about the role, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk. Applications close at midnight on 13 August 2019.