Nescot College has devoted more than half its campus to a modern City Farm. Now the College is using its years of experience working within the land-based industry to offer higher education courses, delivered by highly qualified and experienced industry specialists.
The Animal Studies department is known locally for excellence in Animal Management, having been servicing the community for over 20 years. At present the area provides animal care courses at levels 1, 2 and 3, providing a strong progression route for students. We have developed a wide range of small animals, both domestic and exotic as well as livestock animals.
This curriculum area has a dynamic, dedicated, enthusiastic team of lecturers who are respected by the students. All members of staff are qualified teachers who have both vocational and academic experience and are qualified to degree or Masters level. All team members have work experience in the industry and use this effectively to provide learners with industry appropriate knowledge and skills. Staff have wide ranging experiences and backgrounds and include specialists in exotic animals, livestock and other industry related activities such as laboratory work.
|Adam Beral – Director of Faculty
Adam manages the Faculty of Landbased Studies and Foundation Learning (for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities) at Nescot College. As well as teaching across both departments, Adam is also a Visiting Lecturer in Animal Behaviour for Surrey University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Operation Wallacea’s Conservation Research Expeditions. He is also employed as a Vocational Qualifications Writer by the awarding body Pearson Edexcel. He holds a Diploma in Teaching as well as a BSc (hons) Degree in Animal Science and MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. He has contributed to various publications on animal behaviour and is a Reviewer for the Human Animal Interaction Bulletin, a journal of the American Psychological Association.
|Zoë Brown – Landbased Team Manager
Zoë has taught at Nescot for over 20 years and previously at Brinsbury Agricultural College and holds both Assessor and Verifier Awards. She is registered as a Veterinary Nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and holds qualifications is Large Animal and Equine Nursing. She has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Human Physiology as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a M(Ed) Degree in Professional Studies in Education.
|Kevin Avins – Lecturer
Kevin was educated at Nescot, completing a National Diploma in Animal Management before earning a BSc (Hons) Degree in Animal Science and Management from the Royal Agricultural College. He worked as a Primate Keeper at both London Zoo, Chester Zoo and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park before moving into teaching. After working as a Lecturer at Plumpton Agricultural College, he returned to Nescot as a Lecturer in 2014.