Animal Management

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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.

The Staff

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 Professional and Service Industries at Nescot. As well as teaching across at Nescot, 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 has also been 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 – Head of Animal Studies and Catering

Zoë has taught at Nescot for over 25 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.

Clodagh O’Driscoll – Foundation Degree Programme Co-Ordinator

Clodagh has worked in the zoology and marine biology sector since receiving her BSc in Zoology. She has worked in an array of positions including animal trainer, zookeeper, RSPCA facility manager and in marine ecotourism. She has been fortunate enough to work both in the UK and internationally and thrives on coral reef projects worldwide. She has an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation within her specialist topic of cetaceans and she loves Humpback Whales. She is an experienced lecturer and returned to Nescot in 2017 to help build the Foundation Degree.

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.


Marcus Latter – Lecturer

Marcus worked in industry as a Dairy Herd Manager and Livestock Farming Contractor before joining the teaching team at Nescot and gaining an Assessor Award and a Diploma in Teaching. He holds a National Certificate in Agriculture, a Level 4 qualification in Farm Business Management and a BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Management. He also holds professional certificates in Animal Transportation, Sheep Dipping, Pesticide Application and Occupational Health and Safety.

Gisèle Dyson – Lecturer
Gisèle has a varied teaching background, including Human Biology, Vocational Science, Healthcare and Forensic Science, Ecology and Geography. She holds a Higher National Certificate in Medical Science as well as a Certificate in Education and Assessor and Verifier Awards. She is also employed by awarding bodies Pearson Edexcel and AQA as a Standards Verifier and Associate Examiner and is a Registered Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Donna Fisher – Lecturer

Donna is a qualified Veterinary Nurse, holding many qualifications including a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing, a MSc Degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour and a C-SQP for Companion Animal Drug Prescriptions. She was previously a Clinical Coach and Assessor in Veterinary Nursing before joining the teaching team at Nescot. Donna also founded the Animal B.R.I.D.G.E. Project – a resource that bridges the gap between science and the community to improve animal welfare.


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