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Mr Paul Higgs

Paul Higgs
  • Location: Bristol
  • Year of Fellowship: 2023
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Field of work

Clinical practice (private)

Areas of special interest

  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Professional Culture
  • Quality Improvement

Areas of support

  • Innovation in professional practice
  • One Health Agenda
  • Professional mentoring
  • Public engagement

Professional positions

  • Chief Veterinary Officer, CVS Group


Paul is an RCVS recognised and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine; becoming a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014. He joined CVS in 2018 and, prior to his current role, was Clinical Director at Highcroft Referrals Hospital in Bristol, where he still practices. Paul is highly focused on supporting the development of the profession and chaired the Congress Programme Committee at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association between 2020-2023.

As Chief Veterinary Officer, Paul oversees all clinical quality improvement work in farm, equine and small animal, first opinion and referral divisions to provide the best clinical care to animals as well as acting as clinical lead on responses to national and individual patient issues.

Paul’s role is also focused on supporting and building external relations with the wider veterinary profession, liaising with the RCVS and other professional bodies. As part of the Company’s aim to further veterinary science and standards of clinical practice, Paul supports the CVS Research Grants, providing funding to universities and internal beneficiaries undertaking clinical research.

Paul is also passionate about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in the clinical team and is actively involved in encouraging the changes needed to ensure this part of our profession has the opportunities to grow.

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