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



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Pete Rushton-Taylor

A wonderful man who lived a very full life – so sorry to read of his death.  …


Paul Wood

I was so sorry to hear about Nick’s passing. I remember him very fondly as a very kind and approachable teacher, and colleague. No matter how much time had passed from me graduating or working at RVC Nick would always remember me when he saw me at conferences and take time to catch up. …


Stuart Reid

Where does one start with Nick? Known to so many around the world, with a career and commitment that brought change to all to which he turned his attention, the community’s loss is huge. Being both generous and innovative is a remarkable mix and one very few capture – the altruism of Nick’s drive …


Catrin Rutland

I am so sorry to hear about Nick. I loved working with him on projects such as OVAM and WikiVet, bringing museums to the masses and helping students all over the world. Thank you Nick for all your work with us at Nottingham Vet School.  …


Raymond Macharia

I have fond memories of Nick. I worked with him on so many e-media projects and travelled with him to conferences and meetings accross Europe and Africa. He was such a gifted and yet a very humble man. He used his talents to benefit the veterinary world and science in general. At the RVC, …


Niall Winters

Nick was a wonderful friend and collaborator. I have very fond memories of collaborating with him on mobile learning, and in particular on RVC fieldwork in Tanzania. He was hugely passionate and enthusiastic about veterinary care in Africa. He had this great photo from his days working in Botswana of him in the desert, driving …


Imelda McGonnell

I met Nick not long after I joined the RVC and he was so welcoming and always interested in hearing about what I was doing and how I was getting on. He was a very gentle and kind person and he was always thinking of ways to support students. He always had time for …


Rhiannon Prescott

I was deeply sadded to hear of Nick’s passing. I was lucky enough to work in Nick’s team at the RVC for a number of years, in many ways Nick gave me my start at the RVC and ‘showed me the ropes’. Nick was a manager who always looked after his team, our wellbeing …


Gemma Gaitskell-Phillips

I was so incredibly saddened to here about the loss of Nick and my thoughts are with his family. I find myself at a loss for words but at the same time feel incredibly priveleged to have had the opportunity to work with him on numerous projects both while at the RVC and since …


Brian Cox

Nick was the reason I am at the RVC, he was a passionate man with a very big and kind heart. We worked on some fun and wild projects together. One of the projects he got me started in was podcasting which is something I love more and more. Meetings with Nick were always …


Ross Bond

My interactions with Nick over the time he was at RVC were much more occasional and short than those of most people writing here, but enough for me to appreciate I was in the presence of a great human being.  My condolences to his family and friends.   …


Stuart Patterson

Reading through so many messages on these pages I see that so many of us working and studying at the RVC had similar experiences of Nick. Which makes his impact all the more remarkable. Nick always found time to encourage me, to share ideas, to share enthusiasm. The fact that he clearly managed to …


Andrew Lantry

I got to know Nick first while working to sort out some technical issues. He always kept the interests of students and vets at the forefront of his mind and he was both thoughtful and intelligent in how he approached issues. His humane and good humoured approach shone through in his daily interactions and …


Katriina Willgert

I initially met Nick during a leadership course for veterinary students, but over the years that followed I had the opportunity to work with him on several projects and enjoy regular coffee breaks together. He was an invaluable support to the International veterinary Students Association (IVSA) and in the foundation of the Global Health …


Jon Parry

As a fellow reader of The Guardian, I could always rely on Nick for good conversation, good jokes and an humane, genuine feeling for all people who needed supporting and defending. Heddwhch, gyfaill. Jon Parry …


Joanne Jarvis

Nick was a lovely, friendly colleague, who always had time to chat around campus.  A sad loss, much love to his family. …


Debbie Avenell

I was very saddened to hear of Nick’s passing.  I worked with Nick for a number of years and he was always enthusiastic and had such a passion for his work.  He was personable, thoughtful, and just a kind and lovely human being.  …


Caroline Wheeler-Jones

I was so very saddened to hear that Nick is no longer with us. He was an absolutely lovely man ~ generous, kind and always good humoured, whatever the situation. I was very lucky to work with him on delivering some teaching to our second year veterinary students. His enthusiasm for helping staff and …


Ruth Serlin

I was so sorry to hear about Nick. I remember sitting chatting with him in the cafe at RVC, talking about education and supporting students and whatever else cropped up! He was a lovely kind man with a gentle soul and it’s a great loss that he has gone. …


Megan Quentin-Baxter

I was devastated to hear of Nick’s untimely passing, and wanted to reach out to his family and friends with my condolences. Nothing will provid consolation but maybe some memories will help. I knew Nick from the days of CTICM (1992-99). Nick and our team collaborated on many projects in the area of eLearning …


Jerry Salt

Since meeting Nick when we started vet school at Bristol all those years ago he has enhanced my life and opened my eyes to so much that I would otherwise never have seen. He never changed for me in all that time. Always challenging norms and full of ideas. He was an early adopter …


Chris Trace

Nick was an utter legend of a human being. I was so fortunate to have him in my life for a little while, and he became a great mentor and friend. I worked with Nick from 2008 to 2013 in the eMedia Unit at the RVC. I came out of Vet school with an …


Lily Wilson

Nick was a lovely person, always enthusiastic and supportive and he helped me a lot during my time as a student at the RVC. The opportunities he found and encouraged for me have had a big impact on where I am now. And he was always a friendly face and when he asked you …


Fiona Fenton

I worked with Nick in the eMedia Unit. Nick was a creative whirlwind at work; he was full of energy, new ideas and enthusiasm. It was great working with someone who could make things happen and was always open to trying new things. …


Kate Verhaag

I was so incredibly sad to hear about Nick’s passing. He was such a kind man who had a lot of time to give to anyone and he was incredibly supportive when I was at RVC. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. He will be much missed.  …


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