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University-Level Courses

Available Courses

The Animal Studies Department

Nescot is one of the very few colleges within travelling distance of London to offer a University-Level course in Animal Management. Animal and land-based careers are enjoying unprecedented growth in the UK and people are actively being sought to fill skills shortages.

What to Expect

The college has devoted more than half of its campus to a modern City Farm and Nescot is now using its years of experience working within the land-based industry to offer University-Level courses delivered by highly-qualified and experienced industry specialists.

Your Education

This curriculum area has a dynamic, dedicated, enthusiastic team of lecturers who are highly respected by our students. Our members of staff are all qualified teachers who have both vocational and academic experience and they are qualified to degree or Masters Level. They also have extensive practical work experience within the industry, both national and international, and they use this to provide students with industry-appropriate knowledge and skills.

Our Staff

Kathryn Stephen – Director of Faculty

Zoë Brown – Head of Animal Studies

Zoë has taught at Nescot for over 30 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.

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.

Salim Nagi – Lecturer

Salim has BSc (Hons) In Applied Biology and worked in research and development with Lautier Fils in London. He joined Nescot as laboratory Technician and completed MSc in Pharmacology and then became a full-time lecturer at Nescot teaching on BSc Biomedical Science, Osteopathic Medicine and MSc Perfusion Science. Salim is currently a sessional lecturer and a laboratory technician at Nescot.

Leah Cunningham – Lecturer

Leah has been teaching at Nescot for the past few years but before this she taught at Hadlow College. Leah has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Management, has recently achieved an MA in Anthrozoology and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Previous to starting her teaching career, Leah worked as a zoo keeper at a small rescue centre and she has a specific interest in the welfare of reptiles and exotic mammals.

Our Facilities

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. The animal care facility has a wide range of small animals, reptiles and amphibians, both domestic and exotic and the farm maintains a varied range of livestock including cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats and pigs. We work closely with the Cats Protection animal charity on our rehoming centre for cats.

Photograph of a Nescot student

My experience on the Foundation Degree and BSc top-up in Animal Management was amazing. The staff at Nescot could not do enough to support me and help me achieve my First class with honours. I really enjoyed the animal behaviour element and the dissertation. The animal behaviour lessons inspired my next step. I have just started my MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour, and in the future I’m hoping to set up my own business as a clinical animal behaviourist. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support from the staff at Nescot college.