MA VetMB PhD PG cert Vet. Ed. FHEA DipECAWBM(AWSEL) MRCVS
Dr Nick Bell is a veterinary surgeon and European specialist in Animal Welfare and Behaviour Management (animal welfare, ethics and law) with RCVS specialist status. Nick grew up on a small livestock farm in Herefordshire, England. He has worked on cattle foot health for 18 years, helping develop a national foot health programme for dairy farmers. He has spent several years as a first-opinion practitioner, owning a large animal practice for a before leaving to pursue his interests in cattle foot health. He spent 8 years working within the welfare and behaviour group at Bristol University, firstly as a PhD student and then Research Fellow, before moving to the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 where he was a senior lecturer and director of production animal tracking rotations based in the South of England until December 2016. He is now honorary associate professor at Nottingham University and director of a herd health and welfare consultancy which he originally founded in 2006. From a base in the South of England, Nick works Internationally dealing with practical herd health and welfare improvement, dairy herd foot health programmes, training and retailer schemes. He is chief auditor for the Cattle Hoofcare Standards Board, an instructor for the register of mobility scorers and instructor on the level 4 foot trimming course. He sits on the industry steering group for foot health and he is an advisor to various organisations including ICAR and RSPCA.