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Report shows significant increase in veterinary students
Growth in these subjects may be attributable to more non-UK students undertaking them.
Number of students grew 47 per cent over the past decade 

Veterinary science was the university subject with the most significant increase in students between 2007 and 2018, according to new figures.

The Patterns and Trends in UK Hgher Education Report 2018, published by Universities UK, shows there was a 47 per cent increase in students over the past decade. Biological sciences and mathematics had the second (40 per cent) and third (29 per cent) greatest increase respectively.

The report notes that growth in these subjects may be attributable to more non-UK students undertaking them. In 2016-17, business and administrative studies, engineering and technology and law (25.7 percent) had the highest numbers of students taking them.

Veterinary science was one of the subjects with the lowest proportions of black and minority ethnic students (4.9 per cent), the report shows. Gender profiles varied greatly in the report, but veterinary science had the second highest overall proportions of females (77.3 per cent).

Patterns and Trends in UK Higher Education 2018, can be downloaded at universitiesuk.ac.uk

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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BVA Welsh Branch elects new president

Veterinary surgeon Ifan Lloyd was elected president of the BVA Welsh Branch at its AGM on 25 June.

Ifan has worked mainly in mixed practice since graduating from Cambridge University in 1988. He was a partner at St James Veterinary Group for 23 years and has continued to work part time at the practice since retiring in 2017.

He is passionate about animal health and disease eradication. He is a director of Cefn Gwlad Solutions, a company set up to lead bovine TB programmes in collaboration with other stakeholders. He is also director of lechyd Da (gwledig), the bTB testing delivery partner in South Wales.

Ifan said, “As a founding member of BVA Welsh Branch I am honoured and delighted to be elected as President. I have been passionate about representing the veterinary profession in Wales for many years and I plan to use this experience to represent my colleagues to the best of my abilities.”