Royal Veterinary College professor receives national award

The Royal Veterinary College, Brookmans Park

The Royal Veterinary College, Brookmans Park


A veterinary college professor has been honoured with a national award in recognition of her contribution to education and pedagogy.

Professor Renate Weller from the Royal Veterinary College’s Department of Clinical Science and Services was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

She is the seventh veterinarian to be awarded the fellowship – six of the seven veterinarians who are National Teaching Fellows were produced by the RVC.

Professor Weller, who works at the college based near Brookmans Park and Potters Bar, started her academic career at the RVC in 2005 and has since progressed from lecturer to professor, and currently splits her time between clinical work and research.

Professor Weller said: “I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very early age.

“Having grown up on a pig farm all I ever wanted to do was care for animals.

“A few decades later I am doing exactly that, as a clinician, researcher and teacher.

“As a child, little did I know that my role as a teacher would have far greater effect on my ability to alleviate the suffering of animals than as a veterinary practitioner.

“I am delighted to receive this accolade and very much look forward to continuing to influence future generations of veterinarians.

“No other achievement makes me prouder than the acknowledgement from my students that I influenced their life for the better.”

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