Sydney university professor wins lifetime achievement award

Professor Paul McGreevy has won a lifetime achievement award worth £10,000 (around AU$17,000) as part of one of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in the world for his pioneering contribution to canine welfare and behaviour.

The International Canine Health Awards, which are run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, highlight individuals who go one step further to promote the health and wellbeing of dogs through their work in the world of veterinary science.

Currently the University of Sydney’s first Professor of Animal Welfare Science, Professor McGreevy is one of three academic veterinarians recognised worldwide by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a specialist in Veterinary Behavioural medicine.

Having written over 200 peer-reviewed articles and six books, Professor McGreevy has made an outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession over 30 years. Career highlights include his collaboration with London’s Royal Veterinary College in 2009 to launch VetCompass in the UK, a cutting edge disorder-surveillance system, and the launch of doglogbook last September, a free app for dog owners to collect data about their dogs’ health, behaviour and management.

“I’m thrilled to bits to have won this award that recognises the merits of my various research and educational projects, some of which have been running for decades,” Professor McGreevy said.

“It’s a great honour and a wonderful way of putting the spotlight on the importance of research into dog welfare and behaviour. With unwelcome behaviour being the main threat to young dogs’ lives, it is good to know that my team’s work in advancing the understanding of dogs is being recognised.”

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