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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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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”