I first met Nick about 15 years ago when I was a student at the RVC. I contacted him when I was planning an undergraduate research project as I knew he had experience in international veterinary work with a one health focus. He not only helped me to organise a study by putting me in touch with various contacts he had, but even arranged for me to stay with friends of his in Nairobi for the time that I was there. We kept in touch and he became a mentor for me, continuing to advise and encourage me to pursue this slightly different career track during the rest of my time as a student and beyond. He was so always so kind, enthusiastic and helpful and I enjoyed catching up with him whenever there was an opportunity. It was always inspiring to hear about what he was planning and working on as he always seemed to have something new going on that he was excited about. I am so grateful for all of his encouragement, advice and support, particularly in the early stages of my veterinary career, and I feel fortunate to have had Nick’s influence on it. I was so shocked and saddened to hear that he had passed away and my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.