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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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Blue Dog Programme wins WSAVA One Health award

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 An educational initiative to help children interact safely with dogs has been awarded the WSAVA’s 2017 Global One Health Award.

The Blue Dog Programme offers an array of educational resources for children, parents and school teachers, including an engaging website, fact sheets, DVD and an accompany book for parents.

The award will be accepted by Professor Tiny de Keuster, a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and founder of the programme, during WSAVA World Congress 2017.  

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VMD stakeholder workshops to discuss Brexit implications

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced that it is to hold stakeholder group workshops to discuss the implications of EU exit.

The workshops will be held during Autumn 2017 and will discuss topics such as the prescribing cascade, pharmacovigilance and inspection of non-UK based manufacturers.

To register your interest, send an email to events@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk, including any topics, in order of preference, that you would like to be discussed.