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.
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.
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.”