The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons was saddened to learn of the death of a former president, Peter George Hignett HonFRCVS, who died on August 14 at the age of 88.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) was saddened to learn of the death of a former president, Peter George Hignett HonFRCVS, who died on August 14 at the age of 88.
 
Peter George HignettMr Hignett, who was president of the RCVS from 1981-1982, graduated from Liverpool in 1947 and went into general practice in Kent, before moving to the Wellcome Veterinary Research Station in Frant, East Sussex, where his area of focus was reproduction in cattle.

He became a lecturer at Glasgow in cattle infertility in 1954, where he remained for 22 years, progressing to the post of reader in charge of the department of veterinary reproduction. In 1976, he moved to the Hampshire Cattle Breeders’ Society where he was general manager and veterinary surgeon in charge, before joining the PDSA as regional veterinary officer in 1982, where he remained until retirement in 1990.
 
Mr Hignett was first elected to RCVS council in 1972, and was also a past-president of the British Veterinary Association’s Society for the Study of Animal Breeding. He was awarded an honorary fellowship of the RCVS in 1998.
 
Current RCVS president Neil Smith said: “It is always sad to hear of the passing of a fellow veterinary surgeon, particularly one who contributed so much to their profession, both politically and in terms of scientific advancement. Our thoughts are with Mr Hignett’s family, friends and colleagues.”

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