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Feline star of BBC animation to help educate children
The new club aims to educate young children about cats.
Cats Protection’s new children’s club features Tabby McTat.

Animal welfare charity Cats Protection has launched a new club to teach young children about cats, with the help of an animated television star.

Little Paws Club will educate children aged five to seven years old through a monthly mini-magazine. The first issue has been sent out this month and
includes short articles, puzzles, and activities.

Tabby McTat, a picturebook character and one of the stars of this year's Christmas television, will be appearing in the magazine to share cat facts with young readers. There will also be three Tabby McTat special mini-magazines in 2024.

The December issue featured an interview with Julia Donaldson, who co-created Tabby McTat with Axel Scheffler. Their book has been adapted into a new animation, narrated by Jodie Whittaker, which will be broadcast on BBC One.

A Christmas single from the animation, performed by Rob Brydon and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, has also been released. Proceeds from the song will be donated to Cats Protection.

Kay MacNaughton, individual giving officer for Cats Protection, said: “Little Paws Club is a fun way for children to learn all about our feline friends, just like Tabby.

“As well as inspiring the next generation of cat lovers, Little Paws Club membership will help Cats Protection to provide brighter futures for many unfortunate cats and kittens, who unlike Tabby, don’t yet have an owner to love them.”

Image © Cats Protection

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.