A Book of Remembrance

Nick Short

Nick was a much respected friend and colleague to those of us who were lucky enough to know him during his eighteen years of service to the RVC. 

This book has been created to allow his friends and colleagues to leave a message of condolence that will be shared with Nick’s family once the book closes.

Nick’s wife has requested no flowers at the funeral, details of which will be circulated once known. Instead, if you wish, donations can be made to Bipolar UK that was a charity close to Nick’s heart. The link is included at the bottom of the page should you wish to donate.

We would like to share this book of condolence with Nick’s family within the next couple of weeks, so please leave your message by close of play on Wednesday 9 March.

Thank you



Owner :Cindy Pike
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Richard Evans

Nick was one of the first people I ever met at the RVC. He was a bubbly, charming and enthusiastic person that always smiled with his eyes. His passion for education was evident and his vision of how we should deliver it was palpable. Half way through student recruitment presentations for the RVC, I …


Graham Dick

It was with great sadness that I learned of the loss of my colleague and friend – Nick.    Nick was known throughout the veterinary community for his dedication to the furtherance of best quality veterinary education and to the wellbeing of those involved with our profession.  I have been privileged to witness at …


Pauline Ashley-Spike

I never worked with Nick but, over the years, whenever we saw each other in the corridor he never failed to stop; and we’d have a chat. He always enquired after my son, who had the opportunity of briefly working with Nick who encouraged him and shared his enthusiasm about his career.  And, so …


Rob Fowkes

Extremely sad to hear of Nick’s passing – time spent with Nick was always interesting, fun and enthusiastic. He was always kind and patient, especially with those of us who are technologically-challenged, and his vision to see things that were possible, was always inspiring and energising. Nick was always generous with his time, too …


Fola Oloyede

I am so sad to hear of the death of Nick Short. Nick was Truely a lovely person to know. He was kind, respectful to me always. He certainly had a good heart, even after he left RVC, he had the time to write a lovely message to me, as we were the “member …


Jill Maddison

I had worked with Nick for many years and had so many long and interesting conversations about the huge range of big ideas he was always bubbling over with. We were a sounding board for each other as our skill sets were so different but complementary. Sending the deepest condolences to his family. He …


Jonathan Elliott

I knew Nick through the CLIVE initiative in the 1990s when I was new to higher education and was inspired by Nick’s enthusiasm to applying new technologies to teaching.  I also was impressed in later years at his great enthusiasm and ability to obtain funding for applying his innovative ideas to help veterinarians and …


Simon Priestnall

Very sorry to hear the sad news about Nick. Nick was someone who always had the time of day when passing in the corridor and always took a keen interest in pathology teaching at RVC and how it could be dragged, ‘kicking and screaming’ in some cases, into the 21st century. Nick’s pioneering work in …


Nicole Blum

It was with such sadness that I heard the news of Nick’s passing today. I worked with him for only for a few years, but admired him greatly. He was the driving force behind a wonderful collaborative project – between the RVC and the Institute of Education, London – in which we aimed to …


Pete Wedderburn

I met Nick in 1985: thirty six years ago. He was working in Swaziland at the time, as an enthusiastic and idealistic young vet. He never lost that idealism, and his enthusiasm continued too, only diminished at those sad times when his bipolar disease quietened him. He was lovely and loving, gentle and kind, …

Pete Wedderburn

Sarah Sherman

Nick was not just my line manager – he was a confidante, a guidance counsellor, an adviser and above everything else – my friend. He was kind and gentle, motivating and inspiring, encouraging and interested. As a member of his team, I felt he cared for and looked after us – he would bring …


Nancy Weitz

Nick was the one who made my work with the BLE possible. He introduced me to Sarah when I got in touch with him about another project. He was warm and genuine, with visions of what the world could be like, and he strove with big plans for projects that would have a big …


Bev Panto

I am so deeply shocked and saddened to hear about Nick’s passing. He is such a huge loss to this world, and to me personally and professionally, and I will miss him terribly.   I worked with Nick on various projects on various continents over the last 10 years since graduating, and my career and …


Callum Hutchinson

I only knew Nick for a few short years during my pre-clinical stages at RVC, but I feel privileged to have done so and worked closely alongside him and other colleagues in eMedia, driving ahead the student digital experience at the college. His outreach in the profession and wealth of knowledge were qualities that …


Matthew Grigson

A lovely man he showed me around Camden when i came for my interview, and quickly became a valued friend and colleague.  Many a good chat on the RVC bus in the mornng and always full of postive and inspriing ideas.  …


Sarah Ready

I will never forget the kindness and good humour Nick extended to me when I first joined the RVC.  I found the various abbreviations and acronyms rather alarming which, for someone working in marketing and communications, was a bit of an obstacle!  Nick was always generous in sharing his time and immense expertise to …


Sarah Channon

Nick was a person who you could only be happy to bump into in the coffee queue.  As well as being a genuinely talented and interesting person, he was a truly collegiate and inclusive individual. His ethos was always student focused, putting them at the centre of his e-media innovations. His direct engagement of …


Sue Gregory

It was with great shock and sadness that I heard of Nicks death yesterday.  Nick was a friend and respected colleague at the RVC.  Besides e-media Nick was a good citizen of the veterinary profession, who championed support for professional colleagues working in low resource settings in other parts of the world.  Nick was …


Nina Davies

Nick was a lovely colleague who was always immensly enthusiastic and supportive. He and I worked on several projects together over the years and I respected the way he approached challenges with a light humour; it always made things much easier. Nick was a charitable man who had a true sense of fairness and …


John Fishwick

I was so saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Nick.  He was a very valued and trusted colleague for many years- always an inspriation and very cheerful and postive to work with. We are all richer for having worked with him and very much the poorer for his passing. …


Vicki Laing

I had the pleasure of working with Nick for many years at the RVC, he was an amazing colleague and an inspiration to many – full of ideas! The RVC’s e-learning developments were leading the way forward at the time under his leadership.   Nick will be missed by many and my thoughts and sincerest …



What a wonderful and jolly person to find in our Bloomsbury Learning Environment meetings – he was always interested in your perpsective and ready to listen. A sad loss. RIP. …


Stacy Spielman

Nick was one of the most compassionate and empathetic people I have ever worked with. We shared a common interest in reducing the stigma around mental health issues in the vet world, and he was truly devoted to the cause. He wanted to make life better for other people- he really cared- and I …


Andrew Gardiner

Nick was so generous with his knowledge and expertise. His enthusiasm for the Vet Aid project shone through and he was inspiring to listen to on this and so much else. He will have affected so many people and students in positive ways that they will take forward in their lives. His frank discussion …


Sally Burton

I had the pleasure of working with Nick on many occasions during his time at the RVC. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such a lovely man and send condolences to Nick’s family at this difficult time. …


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