Nieky van Veggel

14 Jul 2021

Animal Scientist (Certified)


Companion Animal Health & Welfare


What is your background?

Senior Lecturer in Bioveterinary Science Writtle University College

I work on evidence-based practice in animal health, professional practice and animal nutrition. I develop international collaborations to improve EBP methodology and land-based higher education in former Soviet countries.

What impact has being an accredited Animal Scientist or Technologist had on your career progression?

I feel that accreditation has provided me with additional credibility in an industry where not having a doctoral qualification can sometimes be a limitation, especially in an international context.

What led you to join the BSAS Accreditation Register?

I was asked to apply when the registers were first established many years ago, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. It gave me an identity to work towards, and demonstrated my commitment to life-long learning

Can you provide examples of the CPD and learning that you have carried out over the past year to maintain your place on the BSAS Accreditation Register?

I am enrolled on a part-time doctoral programme, I have attended BSAS and non-BSAS workshops and conferences, I regularly present to various audiences, write academic and non-academic papers and deliver and take part in peerdesigned training.

As well as benefiting you as an individual, how do you think it benefits employers having staff members on the BSAS Accreditation Register?

Continued accreditation demands professional development and learning, so employers know that their staff will continuously learn and stay up to date with skills and developments relevant to their role. This will be of use internally for personnel reviews, but will also be beneficial for the corporate image when talking to (potential) clients.