Statement on AVS Sports Weekend 2018
Thank you to everyone who attended Sports Weekend at Nottingham Vet School and helped to make it a great success. You may have heard by now that unfortunately the actions of a small number of individuals from University College Dublin (UCD) caused us serious concern and were completely unacceptable. It was not the behaviour that we would expect from anyone attending an AVS event.
I want to reassure you, our members, that your AVS Executive takes these matters very seriously. Over the weekend AVS Officers provided support to those who were affected by the incidents and we sought additional advice from BVA staff and Officers who were very helpful. Since the weekend, I have also been in contact with the Deans of UCD and Nottingham who have provided AVS with additional support and are helping us to investigate further.
After seeking advice from BVA, AVS Executive has regrettably had to take the decision not to invite UCD students to Sports Weekend next year. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly and we recognise the impact this will have on the vast majority of Dublin students who were not involved. We know how much everyone enjoys Sports Weekend but we have to make sure that, above all, it is safe for everyone attending, and that the actions of those attending do not risk the reputation of AVS or the veterinary student community.
We are still receiving reports about the incidents at the weekend and if anyone has any further information we would urge you to share this with us, and if you have any concerns you can contact me confidentially via email@example.com and remember that you can always contact Vetlife on 0303 040 2551 or www.vetlife.org.uk.
AVS President 2018-2019
8th November 2018
UPDATE, 12 November 2018: We have been notified of a report of a further incident at Nottingham AVS Sports Weekend involving a student from a UK vet school. This report is being fully investigated by the school and further action regarding this individual may be required.