Dr Peter Higgins

Director, External Relations
Lecturer and Unit of Study Coordinator

B03 - Gatekeeper's Lodge
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 9479
Fax +61 2 9351 3056

Biographical details

Dr Higgins has had a lifelong passion for animals and improving the understanding and education of the community through public communication of ideas and facts. Professionally he has worked in many senior roles that achieved outcomes of improved benefits for animals. His driving tenet is to make a difference. After graduation from vet school Dr Higgins worked as a practitioner and later became involved in business and gained further qualifications in public affairs, marketing, and communications. He worked in senior management roles for large international companies and shaped their development through periods of change. Dr Higgins has extensive experience in business, government, universities, and professional associations. He originally became involved with Professional Practice in 1998 when Dr Henry Collins and he devised the embryonic nucleus of what is now a recognised discipline.

Research interests

  • Teaching pedagogies and learning methodologies for tertiary students
  • Professional ethics
  • Writing for public communication
  • Media’s role shaping the contemporary public sphere & public debate
  • Urban Animal Management
  • The role of listening role in the communication process
  • Human Animal Bond

Teaching and supervision

Professional Practice Unit of Study Coordinator.

Professional Practice 2; Professional Practice 3, and Preparing for Veterinary Practice.

Preparatory Clinical Placement Programme Coordinator

Clinical Consultation Skills Facilitator

Current projects

• Sectional Editor for Investigate magazine
• Postgraduate Foundation Proceedings contributor
• Author & facilitator of Postgraduate Foundation 5 year Strategic Plan (2002 - 2007)
• 2 published books
• 4 papers published in Management Today
• 2 papers published in Public Relations Institute Journal
• Articles in marketing and business Journals over 20 years
• One new book in planning stage
• Columnist for New Idea for 5 years
• Pet Editor for NOW Magazine
• Rural Editor for Sydney Media Centre
• Veterinary Editor for Cat Fancy Journal
• Editor of CHOGM News
• Editor of In Touch
• Author of small animal nutrition guidelines for breeders


Life Member Animal Welfare League

Australian Journalists Association (Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance)

Awards and honours

Global Leadership Award - 1994

Contributor of the Year

Royal Agricultural Society - 2004

In the media

702 ABC Sydney interviewed Dr Peter Higgins from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about common plants that can cause health problems for pets.

Channel 10’s The Project interviewed Dr Peter Higgins from the Faculty of Veterinary Science from about dog attacks.

Dr Peter Higgins from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted in a story about kanagroos detecting cancer aired on ABC Gippsland

702 ABC Sydney Afternoons interviewed Dr Peter Higgins from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about dog breeds.

Weekly radio program for 5AA on "Animal Care and Animal Welfare"

Dr Higgins was discussing "Dog attack crackdown" on the Sunrise. The watch the interview http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/19478753/dog-attack-crackdown/

Dr Higgins has twenty years experience in radio and television. He is a well known personality who has worked on the Today Show, Burke's Backyard, Off The Dish, Terry Willessee Tonight, Radio 2UE and 2GB, New Idea, Investigate, and Now Magazine.

He was part of the Communication planning and strategy for the 2000 Olympic Games as well as being on the board of The Sydney Media Centre.

Currently doing regular segments with Sunrise, 5AA, and 2UE.

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