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First vet nurse apprentice completes CQ End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment is the final aspect of the Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship.
Centre was the first to offer COVID-secure EPA assessments

Central Qualifications (CQ) are celebrating the first veterinary nurse apprentice to pass CQ's End Point Assessment (EPA).

CQ was the first End Point Assessment Organisation to offer COVID-secure assessment centres, and has been committed to serving the Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship Standard despite the global challenges of the pandemic.

The successful student veterinary nurse, who trained at Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing and works at Lynwood Vets in Bournemouth, was successful on her first attempt of the EPA which comprises a Professional Discussion and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

The End Point Assessment is the final aspect of the Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship. Upon completion, successful apprentices are able to gain their Veterinary Nursing Diploma and proceed to register with the RCVS as an RVN.

“We are really proud to be the first-ever school of veterinary nursing to have put forward the first student veterinary nurse through their apprenticeship end point assessment with Central Qualifications,” said Lisa Bugh, Joint Head of School at Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing. “The student was successful on their first attempt.”

CQ, an Ofqual approved awarding body and End Point Assessment Organisation for veterinary and other animal-related establishments, congratulated the student on their achievement.

“All of the EPA Team at CQ are thrilled to have the first apprentice complete their EPA with us,” said William Barrow, Operations Manager at CQ. “We’d like to congratulate the learner on her achievement and thank everyone who’s worked tirelessly to deliver End Point Assessments in a covid secure manner.”

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New series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats

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 Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea. 

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Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at