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White paper shines light on vocational routes to vet nursing
Apprenticeship programmes are now a popular option
Government committed to ending illusion that degrees are “the only route” to success.

The Department for Education (DfE) recently announced, as part of its Skills for Jobs White Paper, that it wanted to “put an end to the illusion that a degree is the only route to success and a good job and that further and technical education is the second-class option”.

As the white paper looks to align education with the needs of local employers, programmes such as employer-led apprenticeships and training are set to receive more government support. This can be good news for the many veterinary practices committed to vocational training.

Karen Lee, Head of Learning at Central College of Animal Studies (CCOAS) said: “Our apprenticeship programme for student veterinary nurses is now a popular option. Students are employed in one of our approved training practices alongside attending college.”

Shortages of registered veterinary nurses has been an issue for the veterinary industry in recent years and there may be several knock-on effects from the Covid-19 pandemic that will cause further delays in providing qualified staff in the workplace. It appears that the government has removed several of the previous hurdles and access to vocational training is now more accessible; as well as being highly valued by employers.

Karen agrees that this a positive step and encourages anyone interested in veterinary nursing to get in contact. “Veterinary nursing continues to be a highly sought-after, rewarding career choice and we are delighted to offer more than just one route to qualification.”

More information on the Skills for Jobs white paper can be found here. The Central College of Animal Studies can be contacted by calling 01359 243405 or emailing

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Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition

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 Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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