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Paul Higgs, vet at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals

Paul Higgs

RCVS recognised specialist and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
  • MA
  • VetMB
  • CertSAM

Paul is a recognised European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine with a passion for providing a high level of care and support for pets and their owners. Paul qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and, after graduating he joined a busy Small Animal Practice in Somerset with a side-line in safari animal care at Longleat Safari Park. In 2010 he achieved the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine whilst working in general practice. Following his he was lucky enough to undertake a residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Bristol and was awarded Diplomate status at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014 allowing him to work under the title of recognised specialist. Since that time he has been working as the head of internal medicine referrals at Eastcott Referrals in Swindon where he successfully developed a thriving medicine referral service.

Paul enjoys the challenge of all aspects of internal medicine including emergency medicine; however, he does have a particular passion for anything involving endoscopy including gastrointestinal endoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy and cystoscopy. Paul’s second passion is people; communication and the well being of owners, their pets and also their vets is his priority. He is also very keen to build strong relationships between the internal medicine referral service and our referring veterinary practices and is always happy to provide advice on cases, even if referral is not an option.  Paul believes that his experience working in both general practice and specialist hospitals gives him a unique approach to the care he can offer both pets and owners and an understanding that he can offer referring general practitioners.

In his spare time Paul enjoys running, walking his dog, spending time with his young family and he also volunteers for South West Ambulance Service Trust attending potentially life-threatening emergencies to provide first aid in his rural community where the nearest ambulance may be far away. Paul is also currently Vice-Chair of the BSAVA Congress Programme Committee and will be chairing this committee to plan the scientific programme for BSAVA 2021-2023.

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Our practices are open and providing routine, urgent and emergency referral care for your patients. We continue to work safely with social distancing and a combination of telephone consultations and on-site examinations. GP vets should contact our referral centres directly for clinical advice on cases.