Dr Andrew Higgins is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College (University of London), where he also obtained his PhD in inflammology. After serving in the army and in Oman, he was awarded his MSc from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and for many years served on the Society’s Ethics and Welfare Committees.
Dr Higgins was Scientific Director and Chief Executive of the Animal Health Trust, a world class independent research institute, working principally on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of horses and small animals. He has been a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and has sat on a number of governmental and international committees and regulatory bodies. For 20 years he was Honorary Scientific Adviser to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). He has a particular interest in medication and doping issues.
From 1991 to 2015 Dr Higgins was Editor-in-Chief of The Veterinary Journal, an international journal of veterinary research (now Honorary Editor-in-Chief); he has published over 100 articles in scientific journals and edited two major textbooks.