Nichola Coombes is the Manager of the Clinical Skills Centre at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. Initially trained as a veterinary nurse, Nichola later gained an MSc in Veterinary Education to advance scholarship in teaching and learning. In her current role, Nichola teaches and assesses clinical skills for veterinary nurses, undergraduate veterinary students and postgraduate students. Nichola's research is based on facilitation and acquisition of veterinary practical and clinical skills. Nichola has been awarded the James Bee Educator Award in 2004-05 and again in 2009-10 for her contributions to teaching.