Welcome to Nicola Blackie - Lecturer in Production Animal Science
AWSE is very excited to belatedly welcome our new lecturer in Production Animal Science. Nicola joined the RVC in Dec 2017 and has already submersed herself into the RVC world, not least by bringing a very welcome cheery face to the ice cold 1st year handling classes.
Nicola worked on a number of livestock units prior to graduating from Harper Adams University in 2003 with a BSc in Agriculture with Animal Science. She then had position as a research technician in the at CEDAR (University of Reading), during this time she worked predominantly with dairy cattle and calves.
Nicola's PhD entitled "Assessing the impact of lameness on gait and behaviour of dairy cattle: Development of an automated lameness detection system" (Writtle University College/ University of Essex, 2009) started her interest in technology and it's uses to improve animal behaviour monitoring, this was undertaken in conjunction with IceRobotics. Nicola then took up a position as a Research Assistant then Lecturer at Writtle University College where she taught livestock production and welfare and was also course manager for Undergraduate Agriculture.
We are very pleased to have you with us!