Department: Professional Services

Campus: Camden

Nick Short is head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the Royal Veterinary College where his principal expertise is in the development, implementation and support for Technology Enhanced Learning in veterinary education.


After graduating from the University of Bristol in 1982, Nick Short worked in general veterinary practice before completing an MSc in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1987. It was here that he co-founded a veterinary charity, VETAID, whose objective was to provide primary veterinary health care in less developed countries of the world. Subsequently VETAID UK was wound up and replaced by VETAID  Kenya which is based in Nairobi. VETAID Kenya works through training community animal health workers to provide front line veterinary care. He now helps facilitate veterinary student placements and research based projects working with local veterinarians in the Masai Mara. Nick also has extensive international experience working as a volunteer vet, government adviser and consultant in many countries in Africa, Asia and South America. 

Nick has had experience of supporting online and classroom based international postgraduate courses on veterinary epidemiology and economics at the Veterinary and Epidemiology and Economics Unit  at the University of Reading. Drawing on this experience, he established a software start-up which ran one of the first initiatives to bring the internet into classrooms in Southern African schools.  

He joined the RVC in 2000 where he established the e-Media Unit (now the Learning Technology and Innovation team) which has been responsible for innovating, developing and supporting the use of e-learning across the College. Working with international partner organisations, he has also been involved in developing mobile platforms to support learning and research in developing country settings. He is currently involved with a number of international and national initiatives including the WikiVet project. He has also led UK government and commercial funded innovative e-learning projects including developing open source platforms and interactive learning resources.

He is currently involved with a number of international and national projects including:

He is a Trustee of the WikiVet Educational Foundation and a past Director of Vetlife. He is also sits on the steering committee of the Bloomsbury Learning Environment which provides e-learning support for the RVC, SOAS, LSHTM, UCL IOE and the University of London International Association.

His main area of research and development relates to identifying and deploying new technologies to support teaching and learning. This draws on approaches developed in the JISC funded Appropriate and Practical Technologies project. A range of different projects that he has been involved in are showcased on the Unit web site

He is also active in supervising user and research based surveys and focus groups. These include monitor use of learning technologies by RVC staff and students, supervising student research projects and conducting international benchmarking surveys on the adoption of new technologies.

  1. Trace, C, Baillie, S. and Short, N  (2012) Development and Preliminary Evaluation of Student-Authored Electronic Cases Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
  2. Karimuribo, E.D., Sayalel, K., Beda, E., Short, N., Wambura, P., Mboera, L.G. et al., 2012, ‘Towards One Health disease surveillance: The Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance approach’,
    Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 79(2), Art. #454, 7 pages.  
  3. Dale, V.H.M., Kinnison, T., Short, N., May, S.A., Baillie, S (2011) Web 2.0 and the veterinary profession: current trends and future implications for lifelong learning Veterinary Record published online September 2, 2011
  4. Short, N. , Maddison, J., Mantis, P., and Salmon, G. (2007) Veterinary e-CPD: A New Model for Providing Online Continuing Professional Development for the Veterinary Profession. J Vet Med Educ, Winter 2007; 34: 689 - 694
  5. Short, N. (2002) The use of information and communication technology in veterinary education. Res Vet Sci. 72(1):1-6.
  6. Cox, B., Macharia, R., Short, N., and Whittlestone, K. (2008) Podcasts and Resources - Podcasting for Learning in Universities. Open University Press
  7. The WikiVet Project (2008) – Poster at the International Association for Medical Education, Prague
  8. Using “potcasting” to teach veterinary anatomy (2008) - Poster at the International Association for Medical Education, Prague
  9. Podcasting − A student’s perspective (2007) - Poster at the International Association for Medical Education, Trondheim
  10. Neumann, T., Bell, C., Flanders, D., Logan, K., Sherman, S., Short, N. and Whittlestone, K. (2010) Web-based collaboration in higher education: small steps towards adoption. In The 17th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C), September 7 to 9, 2010. Nottingham. pp 139-148.
    Conf Proceedings: Web-based Collaboration in HE
  11. Using interactive theatre in veterinary education to promote mental health awareness (2007) - Poster at the International Association for Medical Education, Trondheim
  12. e-CPD and Life Long Learning (2006) – Poster at Slice of Life Conference, Laussane

In press : An International Survey of Veterinary Students to Assess Their Use of Online Learning Resources J Vet Med Educ, Winter 2017 


  • Tutoring and mentoring 1st and 2nd year students including pastoral and academic support.
  • Teaching on undergraduates and postgraduate courses
  • Training and mentoring of staff 




Overall winner of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards with photographer Michael Frank. Wellcome video description of some of the winning images

Coordinating the Vets as Global Citizens development education initiative at the RVC. This has involved introducing development topics into the veterinary curriculum.



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