Nicola has gained a wealth of experience working with animal welfare and conservation organisations internationally. She has a MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, City and Guilds in Zoo Animal Management and more than 25 years of experience working with a range of wildlife species in different contexts. Nicola was the Bear & Vet Team Director at Animals Asia’s China Bear Rescue Centre rescuing bile farmed bears for 12 years and she co-founded a non-profit working to develop capacity and welfare in international wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres.
Nicola also worked as a zookeeper for 10 years, volunteered and consulted at captive wildlife facilities in a range of countries including Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Borneo, Cornwall and Indonesia. She is the co-chair of the IUCN Captive Bear Expert Team, a member of the Fellow Higher Education Academy as well as a trustee for Wild Futures and Animals Asia (UK). She has participated in conservation projects in Uganda and Vietnam and also conducts accreditation site visits on behalf of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
She has contributed to various publications including:
Ahloy Dallaire, Jamie & Field, N & Mason, Georgia. (2012). Activity and Enrichment use in disabled Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) rescued from bile farms. Animal Welfare. 21.
Field, N. (2013) Rescued Bile Farm Bears: Learning and Adapting to a New Life, International Bear News, vol.22 no.3, Fall, pg 38-39
Field, N, Robinson, J (2017) Snared Asiatic Black Bear in China’s Sichuan Province Returned to the Wild, International Bear News, vol. 26 no.2, pg. 34-35.
Nicola teaches in animal behaviour, animal welfare, animal law and ethics, captive wildlife and we are proud to have such an esteemed member here at Moulton College teaching the next generation.
"What I enjoy most is sharing my experience and knowledge with our students here at Moulton College and hopefully inspiring them to make a difference in the world."