Technician of the Year for Veterinary Medicine
Andrew Crook began work at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Anatomy in 1980, straight from school. He studied Applied Biology on day release and in his early years split his time between teaching Anatomy to undergraduates and helping with research.
In 2000 Andrew became Chief Technician in Anatomy, and Head of Anatomy Service in 2010. Throughout his time at the College he has tried to encourage young people of a non-standard veterinary background to consider veterinary medicine as a career, through school activities such as ‘afternoon anatomy’, summer schools, work experience programmes, and anatomy demonstrations at RVC Lates, an outreach programme for the general public. He also instigated the ‘Teaching the Teachers’ course, designed to try and get more anatomy taught in schools. He was awarded an MBE for services to veterinary science in 2012.
Andrew has won two teaching prizes for his commitment to undergraduate students and a Fellowship of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Presently he is engaged in setting up a new plastination laboratory, which will further enhance the student learning experience at the RVC.
Andrew has now been with the College for 34 years and is one of the most respected members of his profession. He is still a very active member of the teaching team.
Head of Anatomy Service
Royal Veterinary College