Nutritional Expert at Connolly’s Red Mills
Qualification: BSc (Hons) & MSc Equine Science
Area of Expertise: Nutrition support manager (Nationwide UK)
Market: United Kingdom
Nicki’s early career years were spent as a researcher for a veterinary clinical trials company, she then went on to groom for a competition team in Germany and later travelled to the US to train as a vet tech at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky. Eventually heading home to study for her master’s at Aberystwyth University, she worked with some of the UK’s leading reproduction vets and experts completing a thesis on asynchronous ovulations and the impact on twin pregnancy rates in Thoroughbreds, the work was later published in the veterinary record.
On completion of her master’s Nicki started working for Veterinary Immunogenics where she started as a horse health technician, working her way up to site manager, being responsible for the production of life-saving hyper immunised plasma for treating foals with failure of passive transfer.
Nicki first joined the RED MILLS group in 2016 and managed the North of England and Scotland as the nutrition sales specialist, working with leading trainers, studs, and competition yards across her territory, managing diet plans, and helping solve performance problems with nutritional insight. She was with RED MILLS for nearly 6 years after which she left to spend some time in the veterinary pharmaceuticals industry, working in small and large animal technical sales, as well as diagnostics tech support. She returned to the RED MILLS group in 2023 as the nutrition support manager for the UK team, she is loving her new role and in her spare time, she walks her beloved spaniels on the lake district fells and helps her partner with their small sheep farm.
“RED MILLS is a great company to work for, through years of experience and hard work we have created one of the strongest customer bases of any feed company in the world and despite very testing times our customers stick by us, and we stick by them. This is a testament to the tried and tested feeds we supply globally, the unrivaled customer support we provide, and the research and development always going on behind the scenes. Working with studs and racing is my strongest interest, it is challenging as these horses and trainers are always striving for perfection, but the reward when we get things right and success ensues is a pure pleasure. You really feel part of something special here and I am lucky that I get to use my experience and knowledge to help customers and their horses reach their potential and have fun doing it”.Ask Our Experts