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Paul McGreevy wins Global Animal Welfare Award

30 October 2020
Presented by the World Veterinary Association
University of Sydney Professor Paul McGreevy has been recognised with one of the most prestigious veterinary awards in the world for his pioneering contribution to animal welfare.
photo of Professor Paul McGreevy holding his medal

Professor Paul McGreevy from the Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Professor Paul McGreevy has been named a winner in the World Veterinary Association's 2020 Global Welfare Awards.

The awards recognise individuals and institutions for going ‘above and beyond’ in protecting animals and promoting animal welfare.

“This is a very welcome award because it recognises that veterinarians are now expected to be advocates for animal welfare,” said Professor Paul McGreevy, from the Sydney School of Veterinary Science

A ceremony announcing the recipients of the 2020 Global Animal Welfare Awards was held on October 29, 2020 during the WVA Virtual Seminar on the Impact of COVID-19 on the veterinary profession.

 “I want to thank my students, colleagues and my Dean for their support of animal welfare research,” Professor McGreevy said.

Professor McGreevy's research

A lifetime of animal welfare

Photo of Professor Paul McGreevy patting his two dogs.

Professor McGreevy with his two beloved dogs. 

In 2019 Professor McGreevy was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Impact Award for showing how the training of veterinary surgeons can lead to international impact on animal welfare.

In 2017 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Canine Health Awards.

Professor McGreevy works closely with the RSPCA Australia and has also spearheaded a number of initiatives including:

  • One Welfare teaching portal used by veterinary teachers worldwide
  • VetCompass – a national database to trace pet health, with potential implications for human health and the environment.
  • Advocating for a ban on whips in Australian horse racing
  • Dogmanship – focusing on people's ability to interact with and train dogs.
photo of Professor Frazer Allan congratulating Professor Paul McGreevy

Professor Frazer Allan congratulating Professor Paul McGreevy outside Sydney School of Veterinary Science. 

Professor Frazer Allan, Head of School and Dean of Sydney School of Veterinary Science, said Professor McGreevy's research was inspirational.

“Paul McGreevy is an inspirational veterinary scientist whose contribution to the One Welfare agenda has been justifiably recognised," Professor Allan said. "The University of Sydney is immensely proud of his achievements."

Elissa Blake

Assistant Media Adviser (Science)

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