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BVLGBT+ group launches new student support network
The network promises to promote an open and inclusive environment for LGBT+ veterinary and veterinary nursing students
LGBT+ veterinary students are twice as likely to face discrimination

A new network which promises to promote an open and inclusive environment for LGBT+ veterinary and veterinary nursing students has been launched by the British Veterinary, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and others group (BVLGBT+).

In 2016, a BVA-AVS student survey found that LGBT+ students were over twice as likely as non LGBT+ students to have faced discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity while at their place of study.

Over the last year, BVLGBT+ has been working with veterinary schools up and down the UK to help support LGBT+ students by taking part in welfare events and developing student LGBT+ networks.

"Studying as a veterinary or veterinary nurse student can be challenging enough and we feel that no student should have to face this type of discrimination," said an BVLGBT+ spokesperson.

"During the following 12 months we are aiming to visit each veterinary school and major nursing colleges to increase the reach of the network and to help promote LGBT+ visibility and equality."

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HM The Queen opens new centre for elephant care

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 HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has officially unveiled ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new Centre for Elephant Care.

Set amidst 30 acres of rolling paddocks, the custom-designed Centre for Elephant Care is the new home for the Zoo’s herd of nine Asian elephants.

The Centre will provide more than 700m² of indoor space and contains an array of elephant-friendly features, including dimming lights to mimic night-time and one metre-deep soft sand flooring.  

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New manual to help producers use medicines responsibly

A new manual to help sheep and beef producers use medicines responsibly has been published by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

The Better Returns Programme manual, Using Medicines Correctly for Better Returns, outlines the key principles when using medicines on the farm.

It includes making sure the medicine and correct dose is used at the right time, and that it is stored and administered correctly. It also explains the importance of using antibiotics and anthelmintics responsibly to avoid the build up of resistance.