Staff profile

Nieky  van Veggel

Dr Nieky van Veggel

BSc MSc PgCert EdD C.AnimSci. CBiol FRSB FHEA


Senior Lecturer in Animal Health

Course Manager - Undergraduate Animal Courses

Departmental TEaching & Learning Enahncement Lead


Having first completed a degree in Agriculture & Biotechnology with a specialisation in Animal Health, I started working at Writtle in 2010 after completing my MSc in Animal Biology and Welfare. Over the years I have developed myself as an educator and course manager, and have been involved in a number of big projects, such as validation and revalidations of HE courses, development of new research areas, providing maths support to undergraduate students and a large multi-national multi-institution Erasmus+ funded project (TOPAS). I also supervise research students up to MPhil level.

Currently my main focus is the use of evidence-based methods in animal health science, the interaction of animal nutrition and health and developing professionalism in graduates. In addition, I have a keen interest in HE Learning and Teaching research because I feel this helps the College in supporting our students. Currently, I am working on a research project on evidence-based practice and course leadership in higher education.

Outside of Writtle, I volunteer as a STEM Ambassador for ExploreSTEM, promoting the sciences to school learners. I am an assessor for the professional registers of the British Society for Animal Science, the Royal Society of Biology and the Science Council. Additionally, I am Associate Editor and reviewer for Veterinary Evidence and a reviewer for Journal of Biological Education.

I tweet as @Nieky_vV and blog at My ORCID ID is


2023: Doctorate in Education (EdD) (Anglia Ruskin University)
2016: PgCert in Higher Education Practice (University of Essex)
2010: MSc in Animal Biology and Welfare (University of Essex)
2009: BSc in Agriculture and Biotechnology - Animal Health Science (University College Ghent)
2008: Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science (University College Ghent)

Subject Areas

Veterinary Social Science,

Evidence-based (Veterinary) Practice,

Systematic Reviews of Animal Studies,

Companion Animal Health and Nutrition,

Laboratory Animal Science,

Professional Practice.


My research interest are in the following areas:

- Evidence-based (veterinary) practice

- Veterinary social sciences

- The interaction of animal nutrition and health

- Bioscience Education

- Grounded Theory Methodology

I am particularly interested in evidence-generating projects, and in the social side of the animal health science industry.


Journal papers

Taylor, E. and van Veggel, N. (2018) 'In adult dogs, does feeding a raw food diet alter urine composition more negatively than a kibble diet?' Veterinary Evidence 3(2).

van Veggel, N. (2018) 'Using a mixed methods approach to evaluate educational interventions in a specific cohort of students' SAGE Video Case Studies n/a

van Veggel, N. (2018) 'A Guide for Students and Staff (Thinking of) Doing Systematic Reviews' Veterinary Evidence 3(1).

van Veggel, N. and Howlett, P. (2018) 'Course leadership in small specialist UK higher education - a review' International Journal of Educational Management 1174-1183.

van Veggel, N. (2017) 'Reporting research' Veterinary Record 180(3) 78

van Veggel, N. (2017) 'Using a mixed methods approach to evaluate undergraduate performance and opinion: the effect of maths tutorials on student maths confidence and academic performance'. SAGE Research Methods Cases DOI: 10.4135/9781473998940

van Veggel, N. (2017) '"But it worked for my mother's cat". Some common misconceptions about anecdotal evidence' Veterinary Nursing Journal 32(8) 239-240

van Veggel, N. (2017) 'Evidence-Based Professionalism in Small Specialist HE Course Management – Reflexive Thoughts on Ongoing Research' Work Based Learning e-Journal International 7(1) 1-19

van Veggel, N. and Armstrong, M. (2017) 'In dogs with periodontal disease is feeding a complete raw meat diet more effective than a complete kibble 'dental' diet at reducing periodontal disease?' Veterinary Evidence 2(2)

Wakeling, C. and van Veggel, N. (2016) 'Assessing canine breeders choices when determining a suitable stud across 15 breeds withing the pastoral group in the United Kingdom'. The GSD National Magazine 30(4) 4-6

van Veggel, N. and Amory, J. (2014) ‘The impact of maths support tutorials on mathematics confidence and academic performance in a cohort of HE Animal Science students'. PeerJ 2 e463

Leenaars, M., Hooijmans, C.R., van Veggel, N., ter Riet, G., Leeflang, L., Hooft, L., van der Wilt, G.J., Tillema, A. and Ritskes-Hoitinga, M. (2012) ‘A step-by-step guide to systematically identify preclinical studies'. Laboratory Animals 46 24-31.

van Veggel, N. (2011) ‘Als paraveterinair werken met wetenschappelijk bewijs: evidence-based veterinary nursing in de praktijk. Deel 2: Evalueren van wetenschappelijk bewijs’. Vedias INFO 2 28-29

van Veggel, N. (2011) ‘Als paraveterinair werken met wetenschappelijk bewijs: evidence-based veterinary nursing in de praktijk. Deel 1: Wetenschappelijk bewijs en evidence-based veterinary nursing’. Vedias INFO 1 32-33

Conference proceedings

van Veggel, N. (2018) 'Course leadership in small specialist UK higher education - a review' 12th Annual Anglia Ruskin University Research Student Conference, Chelmsford, 26 July 2018 .

van Veggel, N. and Nyari, E. (2017) 'The effect of dog safety education on the recognition of dog visual behavioural cues in "at risk" scenarios in primary school children in the UK'. Advances in Animal Biosciences 8(1) 123

van Veggel, N., Coop, T. and Verwijs, R. (2016) 'Teaching animal nutrition through product development and design'. SEB Creativity in Science Teaching, Charles Darwin House, London, 12-14 December 2016. 15.

Goodman, E., Gardner, S. and van Veggel, N. (2015) 'Effectiveness of a cleaning regime used in an educational reptile unit at controlling bacterial populations'. SGM Annual Conference 2015, ICC Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. 205.

van Veggel, N. and Amory, J.R. (2014) 'The impact of maths support tutorials for higher education animal science students' Advances in Animal Biosciences 5(1) 187

van Veggel, N., Farnham, S., Harris, C. and Bishop, C. (2014) ‘Absorbent pads fortified with thymol or carvacrol inhibit Escherichia coli’ 2014 SfAM Summer Conference Brighton, Un

Farnham, S., van Veggel, N. and Bishop, C. (2013) ‘Absorbent pads fortified with thymol or carvacrol inhibit Escherichia coli‘ 9 Billion: 6th Writtle College/Essex Sustainability Institute Joint Conference University o

Leenaars, M., van Veggel, N., Hooijmans, C.R., de Vries, R.B. and Ritskes-Hoitinga, M. (2010) ‘Systematic Reviews of Animal Experiments: Current practice and methodology development’ Proceedings of the Joint FELASA/Scand-LAS Symposium 2010: New Paradigms in Laboratory Animal Science Marina Congr


van Veggel, N., Coop, T. and Verwijs, R. (2016) ‘Develop subject and transferable skills’. 101 Creative Ideas Open Educational Resource N/A