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CQ awards recognise exceptional educators

CQ awards recognise exceptional educators

Karen Saddleton wins VN Educator of the Year

Central Qualifications (CQ) has held its inaugural Veterinary Nursing Educator of the Year Awards, recognising the hard work and commitment of those who support veterinary nursing students.

Karen Saddleton was presented with her award by Professor Alice Roberts during the CQ Graduation and Awards Ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster, on Saturday (10 June).

The awards were open to anyone involved in training and educating veterinary nurses in the UK – from college tutors and practical teachers to clinical coaches and other members of training practice teams. Over 100 nominations were received from members of the veterinary profession, but it was the quality of the comments that made Karen stand out from the crowd.

Karen Saddleton qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1994 and has worked at the Stowe Veterinary Group since 2001. She is a tutor for veterinary nursing for Central College of Animal Studies, specialising in the practical aspects of the course, and takes pleasure in providing the practical knowledge that helps to embed the theoretical side of veterinary nursing. She is also a trainer for the practical exams set by CQ and provides student support tutorials, which complement the theory side of the nursing course.

“Veterinary nursing is changing all the time and the course standards are very high so it is important that all students are provided with the support they need, particularly in their first year when they have to learn so much new information – this can be very daunting to the student,” Karen explained. “It is at this stage that they may lose confidence and a tutor can be very important in ensuring students have the confidence they need to succeed.”

Asked about CQ, Karen said it maintains high standards, ensuring that when veterinary nurses qualify they have an embedded knowledge. CQ review and update their syllabus as veterinary nursing processes and procedures are modernised and developed and she praised them for their helpfulness and approachability.

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