Head of School (Equine, Veterinary Physiotherapy & Canine)
As a typical animal-mad teenager I opted to study Animal Science at University; I completed my BSc (Hons) in Animal Science at Wye College (University of London). I was initially employed at Writtle as a livestock technician; this evolved into a lecturing role, primarily in FE Agriculture and Animal Care. Eventually I moved into the HE Science department and was part of the team that wrote and delivered the inaugural Animal Science HND. Shortly afterwards I became the Course Manager for HE Animal Science and Animal Management. I moved into management in 2007 and now manage the School that offers Foundation, Honours and Postgraduate awards in Equine, Animal and Sports sciences (SSEAS). SSEAS is the largest HE School at Writtle, accounting for roughly 50% of the students enrolled on HE programmes. I thoroughly enjoy my job, mostly because I work with a dynamic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable team of people who are passionate about their subjects and students.
BSc (Hons) Animal Science
Animal Science - biological processes, anatomy & physiology, reproduction & genetics, animal breeding.
Agriculture - farm livestock production
General - HE study skills (academic writing, presentation skills, PDP etc.)
I have worked closely with students on a range of topics over recent years. Subjects have included conformation assessment of sheep and horses, neonatal lamb viability and the management of pregnant ewes.
Whitaker, T.C., Norman, S. and Collins, C. (2006) Relationship between Third Metacarpal length and lower forelimb unsoundness in National Hunt racehorses British Society of Animal Science, Annual Conference, York, UK