CVS appoints Paul Higgs to Chief Veterinary Officer Role

3rd October 2022

CVS Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Higgs to the role of Chief Veterinary Officer.

In his new position, Paul will oversee all clinical quality improvement work in farm, equine and small animal, first opinion and referral divisions to provide the best level of care to animals. He will also act as the clinical lead on responses to national and individual patient issues.

Paul will look after all CVS research awards to universities and internal beneficiaries, to further veterinary science and standards of clinical practice. In addition, he will take on an external relations role, including liaising with the wider profession, including the RCVS, and supporting them in their work.

Paul is an RCVS recognised and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014.  Prior to his current role, Paul was Clinical Director at CVS’s Highcroft Referrals Hospital in Bristol, where he still practices. He is also currently Chair of the Congress Programme Committee at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Paul will replace CVS Group’s outgoing Chief Veterinary Officer Professor John Innes, who had been with the company eight years.

Ben Jacklin, Chief Operating Officer at CVS Group said: “Paul brings a wealth of experience to the position and we congratulate him on his new role. We know that his knowledge and drive will help everyone within our team to provide the best possible care for animals.

“I’d like to thank Professor John Innes for his friendship, outstanding work and achievements at CVS. We wish him the best of luck in his new endeavours.”

CVS Group operates across small animal, farm animal, equine, laboratories and crematoria, with over 470 veterinary practices and referral centres in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. It is committed to providing the best possible care to animals and takes its responsibilities for quality improvement seriously. For more information about the wealth of Q.I. activities taking place at CVS visit CVS release fourth annual Quality Improvement Report.