Meet our Agriculture Tutors

Get to know a little about some of the tutors who can help you throughout your learning journey in agriculture.


Dr. Gareth Pearce BSc(Hons), BVSc, MA, MVetS, PhD, GradCertEd(HE), PGCertAqVetS, PGCertWLBio&Cons, DiplECPHM, MRCVS.

Gareth has over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in a variety of colleges and universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Universities of Melbourne and Bristol, having previously graduated in Agricultural Science and gained a PhD in Livestock Behaviour and Production. He also has post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation.


Cheryl Wilson  B.Sc.(Hons), HND Horse Mgt, C&G Teaching Cert

Cheryl has spent two decades working in agriculture and equine industries across England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Formerly: Sports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, Equine industrial Training Manager, FE Distance Learning Manager at Warwickshire College.





Marius Erasmus B.Sc.Agric., B.Sc.(Wildlife), M.Sc.Agric.

Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, he completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.



Peter Douglas

Peter Douglas Dip. Animal Husbandry

Peter has over 50 years of experience in Agriculture and resources management. He is a former lecturer with the University of Queensland (Gatton), and manager of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. He also established and managed the wildlife park for Dreamworld, one of Australia's largest theme parks. Peter has both wide ranging experience in farming and wildlife management, and continues to apply that knowledge both through his work with ACS, and helping his adult children who have pursued careers of their own in similar areas. 


Bob JamesBob James Dip.Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC

Bob has 50 years experience in industry, having held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise.

Bob's experience and knowledge is diverse, encompassing the fields of Horticulture, Agriculture, Environmental Management, Business and Professional Writing.



Alison Pearce - PG Cert Ed (Primary), M.Ecotourism, PGCert Ed., BSc (Hon) Animal Science.

Alison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ACS Agriculture, Wildlife and Ecotourism students.

She has worked as a University Lecturer, a Quality Assurance Manager, a Research Technician, and has also run a veterinary operating theatre; responsible for animal anaesthesia, instrument preparation, and assistance with surgical techniques and procedures. She has worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

She has extensive experience of handling, husbandry, and management of a wide range of both small and large animals and has a particular love for nature and wildlife.


Tanya Miller Bsc (hons) RVN, PGCE, CCRP 

Tanya has worked with animals for the last 18 years initially starting work as a veterinary care assistant before studying for a BSc Honours in Veterinary Health Science and subsequently qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Tanya worked within the academic sector at an agricultural college gaining her PGCE whilst teaching animal care courses to a range of students, before returning to the clinical field. Tanya completed further studies in BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Canine Hydrotherapy, Level 3 Diploma in Canine massage and most recently a Post Graduate Certificate at the University of Tennessee. Tanya completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner course which is at the cutting edge of Veterinary Rehabilitation to date. Tanya currently runs a veterinary rehabilitation referral unit within a large veterinary hospital and treats a broad range of conditions. Tanya’s special interest is geriatric and osteoarthritis care.