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Ben Fogle to give keynote speech at CQ graduation
The graduation ceremony is taking place at Central Hall, Westminster, on 9 March.
Vet nurses and nursing assistants are set to graduate next month.

Central Qualifications (CQ) has announced that adventurer, broadcaster and writer Ben Fogle will give the keynote speech at the CQ Graduation and Awards Ceremony next month.

The event at Central Hall, Westminster, on 9 March will also see Mr Fogle present the graduating veterinary nurses and veterinary nurse assistants with their ceremonial scrolls.

The son of a veterinary surgeon, Mr Fogle has hosted television programmes including Countryfile, Animal Park, and One Man and His Dog and is an ambassador for WWF and a Patron of the Wilderness for the United Nations.

His adventures and television work have seen him travel all over the world, including rowing across the Atlantic with James Cracknell in 2005 and reaching the summit of Mount Everest in 2018.

The event will also feature the presentation of this year’s CQ Veterinary Nurse Educator of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of those involved in training and educating veterinary nurses in the UK, from college tutors and practical teachers, to clinical coaches and other members of the training practice teams.

Last year, Helen Clarke from Myerscough College and Nicola Newman from Plumpton College were the winners of the awards.

CQ is a nationally recognised awarding organisation for the veterinary and animal-related industries.

Mr Fogle said: “I’m looking forward to attending this year’s CQ Graduation and celebrating the wonderful achievements of the graduating students. Veterinary nurses and nursing assistants play a crucial role in caring for sick and injured animals and it will be a great event to welcome the latest graduates.”

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Rabbit Awareness Week set to return this summer

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 Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is returning this summer, running from 24-28 June 2024. The theme for this year will be 'Healthy Diet, Happy Bunnies'.

The focus on rabbits' diet comes after the most recent PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report report revealed that 42 per cent of veterinary professionals identified inappropriate diet as one of the five most important rabbit welfare issues that need to be address.

The campaign will include veterinary blogs, videos, and digital waiting room resources. Practices can sign up to receive updates about RAW. 

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CVS Group hit by cyber attack

CVS Group, which owns more than 450 veterinary practices in the UK, has been hit by a cyber attack.

In a statement, the group said the incident involved unauthorised external access to a limited number of its IT systems. As soon as the attack was discovered, the group took its IT systems temporarily offline, causing 'considerable operational disruption'.

It has warned that the security steps taken and ongoing plans to move its operational systems and IT infrastructure to the Cloud are likely to have an ongoing impact over a number of weeks.

Due to the risk that personal information was accessed, CVS has informed the Information Commissioner's Office. The company is working with third party consultants to investigate the incident.