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Kate shares her animal expertise at Crufts

Kate shares her animal expertise at Crufts

Coleg Gwent lecturer Kate Beavan has again shared her animal expertise as Health and Welfare reporter on Channel Four television covering the four days of the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.
Kate, who teaches Veterinary Nursing and Animal Health and Welfare at the college’s Usk Campus, joined the Crufts team of presenter Clare Balding, ‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick, dog-loving celebrities such as Iwan Thomas MBE and a team of experts presenting short films on topics of interest for the live shows.
This year, Kate who is registered veterinary nurse, provided a four minute film for each show such as choosing the right dog, the importance of puppy training, therapy and assistance dogs and animal welfare legislation.
Kate has enjoyed her role as Health and Welfare reporter for the last four years, but when first approached for the unique role she was apprehensive.
“In the past the emphasis at Crufts seemed to be on what dogs looked like but now the judges pay more attention to the dogs’ health and well-being and although there are still issues with certain breeds, there has a huge improvement in awareness of genetic screening which is an area we cover when teaching veterinary nurses. The show is a celebration of our canine friends and has won me over,” said Kate.

'On the Saturday, I did a feature on assistance and therapy dogs and a couple of days later had amazing feedback from the charities involved. After the programme was aired, they were inundated with volunteers and offers of donations. These films can have a huge impact, in fact presenting a film is very similar to teaching - just to a much larger audience," she added.   

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