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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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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.