Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Competition: Andrew Higgins - With the S.A.S. and Other Animals

When an army talks of winning the 'hearts and minds' of the citizens of a country in conflict, how does this happen? For young, newly-qualified vet Andrew Higgins in 1974 it was through joining a largely agrarian community in Oman and being solely responsible for the veterinary care of a territory roughly the size of Hungary.

Attached to A Squadron, 22 SAS as an officer of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Higgins was caring for not only crucially important - and loved - goats, camels, sheep and cattle on which the community's livelihood depended, but also the Sultan's horses, dogs and birds - not to mention bears and hyenas.

Dr. Higgins has now put together a compelling book about his time in the desert, with an extraordinary mix of vet tales and Special Forces action.

With the S.A.S. and Other Animals: A Vet's Experiences During the Dhofar War 1974 is available in hardback from Amazon, but one lucky supporter win a copy signed by the author.

How To Enter:

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More About the Author:

Dr Andrew Higgins is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, London, with a Master's degree in Tropical Animal Health and Production from the University of Edinburgh. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Veterinary Journal and has co-edited The Equine Manual and The Camel in Health and Disease. He currently chairs the Doping and Medication Advisory Panel of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain as well as being Chairman of the Retired Greyhound Trust and working with a number of other animal charities including the Animals in War Memorial Fund.

He is a former trustee of Dogs Trust, and a great friend to the charity.

He and his wife, Nicola, have four grown-up children and live in Suffolk.

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