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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 series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats

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 Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea. 

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk