Monique Noronha
Vet Monique Noronha from Park Veterinary Centre in Watford with her cupcake creations.

A group of vets attended a CPD event with a difference when they were put through their baking – as well as veterinary – paces.

Nancy Birtwhistle (centre) with “star bakers” Derek Attride and Vici Gower.

The event – organised by Virbac on 11 June at Hospitality House in London – saw attendees enjoy parasitology sessions by Hany Elsheikha, associate professor of veterinary parasitology at the University of Nottingham, before Nancy Birtwhistle – 2014 winner of The Great British Bake Off – tested their culinary skills with a cupcake-making challenge.

Vet Derek Attride, from Greensands Veterinary Clinic in Buckinghamshire, and veterinary nurse Vici Gower, from Wylie Veterinary Centre in Essex, emerged as “star bakers” with their pet and parasite-themed cakes.

Carrying a theme

Virbac senior territory manager Josien Woolmer said the event was inspired by the fact the next series of The Great British Bake Off was weeks away.

She said: “We thought we’d spice up this CPD session by inviting delegates to show Nancy their baking skills.

“We also asked them to show creativity in carrying the pets and parasites theme across to their cupcakes and they certainly rose to this challenge.”

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