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Nominations open for National Cat Awards
"I really hope that this national celebration of our feline friends will inspire more people to welcome a cat into their lives" - Owain Wyn Evans.

Cat owners are invited to submit their pet for consideration.

Cats Protection is asking pet owners to nominate their cats for the National Cat Awards, an annual celebration of the devotion and courage of cats across the UK.

Launching the opening of nominations, BBC weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans said: “I’m a big fan of cats, not just because they’re such amazing animals, but also because of the incredibly positive impact they can have on people’s lives. 

“It’s such an honour to be helping launch the National Cat Awards, and I really hope this national celebration of our feline friends will inspire more people to welcome a cat into their lives.”

Nominations open today (11 January) and will close on Thursday 10 March, and cat owners will be able to nominate their cat in one of four categories, with a brand new category focusing on cats who have helped in the workplace, whether they've been helping their owners to adjust to working from home, or brightening up an office. 

The categories are as follows:

▪  Cat Colleagues – Cats who bring joy to the workplace or make working from home a pleasure
▪  Most Caring Cat – Cats that positively impact a person’s health or wellbeing
▪  Furr-ever Friends – Tales of friendship between children and cats
▪  Outstanding Rescue Cat – Fabulous felines adopted from animal charities
 
The winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity cat lovers, and announced at a ceremony on 4 August 2022.

Kate Bunting, Cats Protection's Awards organiser, said: “Over the past two years, the UK’s pet cats have played an even more important role in our lives – whether it’s keeping the kids’ company during home schooling, being a companion for people living alone in lockdown or simply being there during times of uncertainty.

“From chilled out cats that provide comfort and support, to the mischievous moggies that make us smile, cats undoubtedly have a special place in the hearts and homes of millions of people. We’re thrilled to once again be hosting our National Cat Awards and are looking forward to sharing many wonderful stories of moggy marvelousness!

“We hope that by celebrating some of the UK’s most incredible cats we’ll inspire more people to consider adopting a cat in 2022.”
Further information, including how to nominate a pet can be found at cats.org.uk/national-cat-awards

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VET Festival returns for 2022

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 VET Festival, the unique CPD opportunity, is returning for 2022, running from 20 to 21 May.

The outdoor event, held at Loseley Park in Guildford, will feature 17 education streams, with a dedicated stream covering veterinary wellness, leadership and management topics. The festival will feature veterinary speakers from around the world, with the opportunity to collect 14 hours of CPD across the two-day event.

Alongside veterinary education, VET Festival will also offer wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness activities, with the popular VETFest Live Party Night making a return for 2022.

Tickets available here.  

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