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Dr Peter Higgins


Candidate 7 of 14

Proposers: Dr Andrea Lynch, Dr Craig Pullen

Contact details

M 07951 076 899
E [email protected]

Candidate biography

Peter Higgins, 2024 RCVS Council election candidateFor those that don’t know me; professionally I am a practising veterinary surgeon with over 30 years of experience. I have also worked either casually, part time, or full time at The University of Sydney (Faculty of Veterinary Science) and for a short period I was Associate Dean.

I have an interest in wildlife medicine, surgery, and conservation, and acted in an advisory capacity for Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Currently, I am a Trustee for ZSL and Chair the Animal Welfare and Zoo Ethics Committee.

Animal welfare has always been a special interest for me, and I have been a member and representative of the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare, as well as serving on the board of the Veterinary Institute of Animal Ethics, the Australian Veterinary Association’s Animal Welfare Committee, and the Animal Welfare Committee for the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

I acquired an MBA early in my career and worked in industry and government as well as leading a major communications initiative for the AVA. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. Currently, I Chair the BSAVA Audit and Risk Committee.

I relocated to the UK four years ago and this is now my permanent home.

Candidate statement

I have a vision for the future of our profession and ask for your support. I have a unique set of qualifications, and experience, which combine veterinary science, innovation, communications training, and organisational leadership.

I am a practising veterinary surgeon of over 30 years. In that time, I have not seen our profession in as much turmoil as it is now. Internally, we are stressed both individually and collectively, and externally we are being tested and challenged from every direction we face.

I honestly believe my experience and skills can help our profession navigate the difficult waters of the next few years. I would like to be given a chance to prove this.

As well as my veterinary and scientific background I am also an experienced company director and serve on boards and foundations. I get governance, but this must be translated to external communications and observable results.

My chaired committees include; Corporate Partnership, Communications, Risk, Future Planning, and Animal Welfare... as well as Chair of the Board and President of diverse organisations.

My experience and skills to serve on council include; Leading and managing teams. Innovative thinking. Financial accountability. Serving on corporate, society, university, and professional boards and committees – and producing results.

I have qualifications in marketing and communications. I understand the workings of government and contributed to the input into the new Animal Welfare Act, Animal Sentience Act, and Kept Animals bill.

I am an innovative communicator, working in the media for over 30 years. I have proven I can diplomatically communicate priorities to all people from paddock to parliament, achieving timely, positive outcomes. I can work autonomously, and in teams.

I know (and love) this profession! I know our challenges! I offer myself to serve the RCVS, and our profession, and I hope you support me.