Student Profile

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Nieky van Veggel

Graduated: MSc Animal Biology and Welfare
Nationality: Dutch
Occupation: Lecturer in Animal Science

My Writtle University College
I chose my course after looking for an MSc course that would allow me to specialise in animal welfare. I found the course at Writtle College through a search on the internet. I hold many fond memories of my MSc – I made many new friends, met experts in my field and was given the opportunity to attend numerous course-related events. I particularly enjoyed the scientific rigour of the course and the interaction with my lecturers.

My Career Path
Before handing in my dissertation I applied for a PhD position at the College. I was successful in my application and was employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) within the School of Sport, Equine and Animal Sciences and as a College Warden for the College in general. During this time, an opportunity to become a Lecturer within the School came up, for which again I successfully applied, so currently, I am employed as an Higher Education Lecturer in animal science, whilst doing my PhD research parttime. My MSc supports me in the subjects that I teach and has definitely led to a way of critical scientific thinking needed for my research and teaching.

My Current Job
My job as a Lecturer in animal science involves teaching a variety of animal science subjects. I teach biochemistry, animal nutrition, animal husbandry, anthrozoology and work-based learning. I enjoy transferring knowledge and interacting with students, but the best part of my job is really specialising in my field of interest.

Future Plans
I will be in my current position for at least another five years. After obtaining my PhD I hope to continue teaching on a higher level and do more research in Animal Health and Nutrition Science. I am currently also enrolled in a postgraduate course in teaching in Higher Education, which is supporting me in reaching this goal.