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Vet students unveil new rainbow crossing in support of LGBT+ community
Vet students from Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine unveiled the colourful crossing  with the help of some four-legged friends.

Crossing demonstrates University of Nottingham’s commitment to diversity

Zebra crossings at the University of Nottingham have been given a colourful makeover in support of LGBT History Month.

Each zebra crossing features the same rainbow colours used in the Pride flag, with the addition of black and brown stripes to mark the relationship between the LGBT+ and black and multi-ethnic (BME) communities.

The most recent crossing was installed at the University’s Sutton Bonington campus, where staff and students from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science celebrated the occasion - together with some four-legged friends.

Professor Sarah Sharples, pro-vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said the rainbow crossings demonstrate the university’s strong commitment to diversity and reinforce its relationship with Nottingham City Council.

“The suggestion for the crossings came directly from our Students’ Union and we were delighted to be able to work together with them to make these crossings a reality,” she said.

“Our Nottingham campuses are a key part of the experience of being a University of Nottingham student or staff member, and I know that for me when I see them, the crossings will remind me of the University’s support for our LGBTQ+ students and staff, and our commitment towards equality, diversity and inclusion which will make the university better for us all.”

The University of Nottingham said the crossings are designed to highlight efforts to make those from minority backgrounds more visible on its campuses. The initiative is also designed to challenge the barriers that those students may face, it said.

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact