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Central Qualifications drops fees for Ukrainian refugees
"We hope our offer of free registrations can help CQ colleges and centres to provide support for Ukrainians moving to the UK” - William Barrow, CQ operations manager.

Organisation hopes the offer will help those wishing to move to the UK.

Central Qualifications (CQ) has dropped registration fees for Ukrainian refugees wishing to enroll one of its veterinary nursing courses.

In a press release, CQ said that it has already donated much-needed items to support people fleeing Ukraine, including medical and veterinary supplies, and hopes the offer will help those who wish to move to the UK.

CQ offers a range of veterinary and animal-related qualifications, delivered through its network of colleges, private training providers and employers. Courses available in the offer include

  • L2 Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants (DipVNA)
  • L3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DipVN) – Small Animal Practice
  • L3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DipVN) – Equine Practice.

CQ operations manager, William Barrow, commented: “Everyone at CQ is appalled by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and we’re looking to do whatever we can to help those fleeing the situation. We hope our offer of free registrations can help CQ colleges and centres to provide support for Ukrainians moving to the UK.”

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Avian flu outbreak at RSPB Minsmere

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 RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: "We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on outside of these times."  

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Moredun Foundation Award opens for applications

The 2022-2023 Moredun Foundation Award (MFA) is now open for members, with up to £2,000 available for successful applicants.

The MFA honours the contribution that education, teamwork, life experience, and travel have made to the understanding of cattle health and welfare. Through its charitable endeavours, Moredun offers its members the opportunity to pursue projects that support personal development.

The prize is open to a wide range of project applications, including those that include producing educational tools, conducting a small research project, or studying farming methods in other nations. For more information and to apply, visit