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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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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”