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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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Giraffe Conservation Foundation named BVNAs charity of the year

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 BVNA president Wendy Nevins has named The Giraffe Conservation Foundation as the associations charity of the year for 2017/2018.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation dedicates its work to a sustainable future for wild giraffe populations. Wendy Nevins said: I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of the Year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.

I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.  

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Scientists win award for openness in animal research

UK scientists have won an award for the 360 Laboratory Animal Tours project, which offered the public an online, interactive tour of four research facilities that are usually restricted access.

The project won a public engagement award at the Understanding Animal Research (UAR) Openness Awards, which recognise UK research facilities for transparency on their use of animals in research, as well as innovation in communicating with the public.

The tour was created by the Pirbright Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and MRC Harwell Institute.