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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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Gucci pledges to go fur-free

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 Italian fashion house Gucci has announced that it will no longer use animal fur in its designs. Gucci’s president & CEO Marco Bizzarri made the announcement on Wednesday (October 11) at The London College of Fashion.

The move follows a long-standing relationship with The Humane Society of the United States and LAV - members of the international Fur Free alliance. Gucci’s fur-free policy includes mink, coyote, raccoon dog, fox, rabbit, karakul and all other species bred or caught for fur.  

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Avian flu text alert service launched in Northern Ireland

A new text system to alert bird keepers to the threat of avian flu has been launched in Northern Ireland. The service will enable bird keepers to take action to protect their flock at the earliest opportunity.

Keepers who have already provided NI's Department of Agriculture with a valid mobile number have automatically been subscribed to the service and notified by text. Bird keepers who have not yet received a text should text ‘BIRDS’ to 67300 to register.