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The College of Animal Welfare (CAW) has announced that its Head Nurse Congress, for head nurses and practice managers, will be held on 11 to 12 May at the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough. The congress aims to inspire those who lead teams to bring about positive changes in their own practices. It will include lectures on effective communication, recruitment, managing meetings, leadership and coaching skills, and apprenticeship standards, among others. Tracey Croucher, short course and events manager at CAW, said: ‘We’re delighted to be bringing the head nurse congress back for another year, and are equally as excited about the amazing speakers who will each bring their perspective to the issues facing veterinary practices today.’ An early-bird rate is available until 31 March; details from

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) will provide a crèche for children aged 0 to eight years old at its congress this year, with the aim of helping vets and nurses focus on CPD. The association says the facility is being provided after its survey found that more than half of its delegates, members and the wider profession said they would use a crèche and has announced that ‘childcare experts’ Nipperbout will run the facility. Angharad Belcher, the BSAVA’s head of congress said: ‘We recognise that veterinary professionals, especially working parents, are facing increasingly complex time demands – it can be tricky to find flexible solutions that meet the needs of the practice, without compromising on personal time’. BSAVA congress takes place at the Birmingham ICC and Arena Birmingham from 4 to 7 April. Registration details and information are available online at

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