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 nearly 30 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 oversee the sourcing of placements for both our Level 3 Diploma student veterinary nurses at all 5 centres and also for the student veterinary students following any of our degree programmes. Striving to find the perfect match for both practice and student for around 1000 placements each year certainly keeps the Placement Team busy!

Outside of work I love spending time with my family and our beautiful American Bulldog/SBT cross Daisy who is our fifth rescue dog. I’m an avid rugby fan and enjoy supporting my team, Saracens. I also enjoy cooking tasty vegan food.

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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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Tania Vieira

Tania Vieira

My name is Tania Vieira and I am part of the Placement Team at the College of Animal Welfare. Since graduating from University with my Psychology degree I have worked in customer service and mental health, gaining a wide range of knowledge and skills.

My main responsibility is to source placements for our Napier BSc Veterinary Nursing students and Edinburgh Level 3 Diploma Veterinary Nursing students. I enjoy the challenge of finding the best match between all our students and their placement practices.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with family and friends. I have recently moved to Peterborough, which has kept me extremely busy organising the move. I hope to have pets of my own, preferably a Dachshund!

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Hannah Taylor

My name is Hannah Taylor and I am part of the Placement Team at The College of Animal Welfare.  I have worked in various roles in the animal care sector since I graduated from university, including working in both an animal charity and an equine and small animal veterinary hospital.

I source placements for our Middlesex BSc Degree students located in the Midlands and Southern regions and our Huntingdon Diploma students.  I have enjoyed developing working relationships with both students and practices and look forward to building on these relationships in the future.

My animal companions include a rescue cat (who I rehomed whilst working at the animal charity) and my leopard gecko lizard who has been with me since university.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends and family and trying to keep fit. My husband and I have recently started doing the couch to 5k which is (so far) going well!

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