Meet our Placement Liaison Team

Our Placement Liaison Team are here to support you at each step of the way. With over 10 years of combined experience in sourcing placements for students, they can help find out the right student for your practice.

The team get to know all the students very well; being involved in the rigorous interviewing process before course places are offered, and staying in regular contact throughout their programme. This contact ensures they can provide a dedicated and informed point of contact for both students and practices alike.

To speak to Nadine or Karen please call 01480 422060.

Nadine Thomson

Nadine Thomson
My name is Nadine Thomson and I am the Placement Liaison Manager at The College of Animal Welfare (CAW). Completing the National Certificate in Animal Care 25 years ago was just the start of my career with animals. Since then I have continued working in the animal care industry for many years including roles in veterinary practice, boarding kennels and being the supervisor at The National Animal Welfare Trust in Watford.

My main role at CAW is to source placements for both Level 3 Diploma student veterinary nurses and Middlesex BSc Veterinary Nursing students. Striving to find the perfect match for both practice and student for around 300 placements each academic year certainly keeps me busy!

Outside of work I love spending time with my family and our beautiful American Bulldog cross Daisy who is our fifth rescue dog. I’m an avid rugby fan and enjoy supporting my team, Saracens. I also enjoy walking and I can frequently be found getting my steps up to hit my ‘Fitbit’ goal!

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Karen Brightman

Karen Brightman
My name is Karen Brightman and I’ve been part of the placement team here at The College of Animal Welfare since 2009.

Sourcing placements for approximately 250 FdSc and Level 3 Diploma students certainly proves challenging! Watching a student grow into a confident qualified veterinary nurse is extremely rewarding – I can only wish that one day more training practices and clinical coaches will be able to support them on their journey too.

I live in a small village not far from Huntingdon along with my gorgeous staffie cross, Ruby, who is five years old and my close companion. I have three grown up daughters and have just recently become a proud grandparent to little Holly.

In the spare time I have, I thoroughly enjoy walking Ruby and socialising with my friends and family. Recently I joined a local petanque league with my work colleague.

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