Mr Andrew Biggs

BVSc FRCVS
Andrew Biggs
  • Location: Devon
  • Year of Fellowship: 2019
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Clinical practice

Field of work

Clinical practice (private)

Areas of special interest

  • Cattle medicine
  • Mastitis including diagnostics
  • Bovine tuberculosis

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • Innovation in professional practice
  • International issues
  • One Health Agenda
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Sole tutor postgraduate masters module Massey University School of Veterinary Science, New Zealand
  • Founder member and independent veterinary advisor Welsh bTB Program Board
  • Trustee Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Fund

Awards

  • 2015 BVA Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal
  • 2016 BCVA BCVA Brownlie Bull Award

Biography

Andrew Biggs is in first opinion practice in Mid Devon, qualifying in 1981. He has a number of areas of interest and runs CPD for farmers, vet students and vets. He is involved in trial work and collaborative research projects.

His day-to-day case load is a mix of typical first opinion farm work (preventative herd health visits, farmer training and emergency work). His specialism in mastitis involves him in milking time audits appraising the milking machine (with dynamic milking testing equipment), milking routine, cow environment, hygiene and cow comfort, where improvements can often be made by adjustments rather than new investment and less mastitis means less antibiotic use.

He has written a text book “Mastitis in Cattle” and runs a mastitis laboratory receiving milk and bedding samples from the UK and Eire and is available to give help and advice.

Past presidencies of his local BVA division (WCVA) and BCVA led to extensive media involvement in TV and radio.

He was practitioner input for RCVS Trust post graduate Residency in Production Animal Medicine in collaboration with University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and is currently the sole tutor for a postgraduate Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) mastitis module at Massey University in New Zealand.

He is a founder member of Welsh bTB Program Board and the English TB Eradication Group (TBEG) and was involved with a Wellcome Trust funded bTB research project into BCG vaccination in cattle in Ethiopia.

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