Dr Nina De Franco


Head of Veterinary Studies

Dr De Franco qualified as a Vet from the University of Glasgow and worked for many years in Small Animal practice. She has been lecturing at The College of Animal Welfare since 2010 and has been involved in many aspects of work there. Nina is on the BSAVA Education Committee and has also worked as a technical consultant for Awarding Bodies. Her MSc in Educational Leadership involved lots of research on veterinary nurse training so she is always keen to explore ways of improving things.

Nina oversees all of the Veterinary Nursing courses at the Huntingdon campus; the VN L3 Diploma and the BSc, and BSc with Foundation Year. She contributes into many of the modules that are run as a lecturer, marker and examiner.

Recently Nina has been undertaking some collaborative research with the Nursing and Midwifery department at Middlesex University into new approaches to practical assessments of veterinary nurses. They have completed their initial research and presented this at International Conference on Research in Teaching, Education and Learning in Dubai in 2019.

Nina is also involved in some community based activities through CAW such as running First Aid courses for members of the public, as well as at shelters for those who are homeless with dogs of their own.