Dr Andrew Higgins

Saving Thailand's elephants

Dr Andrew Higgins BVetMed MSc PhD FRSB FRCVS was Scientific Director and Chief Executive of the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, from 1988-1999. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Veterinary Journal from 1991-2016 and is now the journal’s Honorary Editor-in-Chief. He has served on many national and international animal charity boards, as well as regulatory committees where he specialised in anti-doping and medication control. He has a passion for animal welfare and in the importance of education to improve the health, husbandry and conservation of elephants.

In addition to chairing STEF, Andrew  is a trustee of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.  He served on the Ethics and Welfare Committees of the Zoological Society of London for 20 years and has consulted internationally for many years on animal health and welfare issues. He is Honorary Scientific Adviser to World Horse Welfare. Andrew is particularly proud to have been a trustee for the iconic Animal in War Memorial in London’s Park Lane, and was President of the Anglo-Italian Society for the Protection of Animals 1997-2022.

Andrew has published widely and is joint editor of The Equine Manual and author of the autobiographical book With the SAS and Other Animals.