Professor Paul McGreevy
BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, MACVS (Animal Welfare), Cert CABC, Grad Cert Higher Ed.
Sub Dean Animal Welfare
B19 - R.M.C. Gunn Building
The University of Sydney
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RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine
Animal welfare science. Equitation science. Learning theory as applied to animal training and behaviour modification. Urban animal management. Use of IT in teaching and epidemiological research.
Teaching and supervision
Topics: Animal husbandry; Ethology, Learning theory and Animal welfare science.
Contribution to the Profession and the Community:
- Member of RSPCA (Australia) Scientific Advisory Panel.
- Member of Scientific Advisory Panel for World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
- Co-founder and Hon. Fellow: International Society for Equitation Science (ISES).
- The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) VetCompass (http://www.rvc.ac.uk/VetCOMPASS/Index.cfm)
Awards and honours
- 2014 Honorary Fellow - International Society for Equitation Science.
- 2011 The top 100 in "the Sydney Morning Herald's” 100 most Influential People of 2011
- 2011 Winner Eureka Awards Research and Innovation, Research that contributes to Animal Protection
- 2010 Finalist “21st Eureka Research & Innovation award"Research that contributes to Animal Protection - Saving dogs from inherited disorders
- 2009 George Fleming Literary Award (Co-winner)
- 2009 Vice-Chancellor-s Awards for Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Co-winner)
- 2009 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare - Companion Animal Welfare Award (Co-winner)
- 2009 Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Award
- 2009 International Animal Welfare award from the British Society of Animal Science and RSPCA for innovation developments in animal welfare2008 Vice-Chancellor-s Award for Outstanding Teaching - University of Sydney
- 2008 National Teaching Award - Pearson Education UniServe Science
- 2008 Citation - Australian Learning and Teaching Council
- 2006 Quality Teaching Award - NSW Minister for Education and Training and the Australian College of Educators
- 2006 Excellence in Teaching AVA Award.
- 2005 National Excellence in Teaching Award - Australian Veterinary Association
- 2001 Prince Laurent Animal Welfare Prize (co-winner)
In the media
- The Land and regional newspapers reported on research from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences on the genetic traits of good working dogs. Professor Paul McGreevy was quoted.
- The Rural quoted Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about a study on the genetics of a good working dog
- The Conversation published an article by Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about horse nutrition and its impact on welfare.
- AAP Newswire, Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser, 6PR Perth and 2MCE Orange reported researchers from the University of Sydney are investigating ways to breed high-performing farm dogs in Australia. Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted.
- Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC Illawarra about a new Greyhound Racing NSW survey, conducted in collaboration with the University of Sydney, that hopes to recommend reforms to the industry.
- Building a better future for greyhounds
- The Australian mentioned research by Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science on policy regarding the use of whips in horse racing
- Daily Mail(UK) mentioned a study by Dr David Evans and Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about how whipping horses does not make them run faster
- 666 ABC Canberra interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the benefits of playing music to animals.
- Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was also interviewed on 3AW Melbourne about a new campaign to stop horse whipping in the industry.
- 702 ABC Sydney’s Breakfast and 774 ABC Melbourne’s Drive interviewed Dr Lydia Tong from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about how pets may be able to alert authorities about domestic violence. ABC Four Corners: Making a Killing.
- Professor Paul McGreevy was interviewed for the Four Corners report on live baiting inside Australia's multi-billion dollar greyhound racing industry.
- ABC Radio's Australia All Over interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from Faculty of Veterinary Science.
- Business Insider(US) quoted Professor Paul McGreevy from Faculty of Veterinary Science about why dogs like snow.
- The New Zealand Herald reported on a proposed study by Professor Paul McGreevy from the School of Veterinary Science into the treatment of racehorses.
- The Saturday Paper quoted Professor Paul McGreevy and Dr David Evans from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the death of two horses at this year’s Melbourne Cup.
- 2GB Sydney interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science on horse whipping and the Melbourne Cup.
- 2UE Afternoons program interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about horse whipping in races.
- Expert commentary on the Melbourne Cup
- 702 ABC Sydney Mornings also interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science on whether or not whipping racehorse’s causes them pain.
- The Conversation published an opinion piece by Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the effects of whipping a horse
- Grooming tomorrow's brightest minds. He helped coin the term 'equitation science', is the Faculty of Veterinary Science's Sub-Dean for Animal Welfare, and has recently been awarded an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) grant for a nationwide project. More information »
- Best way to train farm dogs has lessons for all dog training. For more information, please visit :
- Psychology Today(US) published research from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about how to create a successful working dog.
- 2UE Sydney, 702 ABC Sydney Mornings interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the value of Australian working dogs. This research was also mentioned on ABC Illawarra, ABC News 24, ABC Perth News.
- Radio National’s Bush Telegraph program interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary science about teaching animal welfare.
- Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted in a Sydney Morning Herald article about the potential of thermal imagers to study the eye temperature of horses.
- Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on 612 ABC Brisbane Weekends (Saturday) about new research into dogs’ hearing.
- The Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, Herald Sun, Northern Territory News, Canberra Times, Cairns Post, West Australian, Adelaide Advertiser, Townsville Bulletin, Bendigo Advertiser (18/12/13) and AAP Newswire(17/12/13) mentioned a University of Sydney study that has found dogs may suffer from the canine equivalent of short man syndrome. The study was also mentioned on 2UE Early Breakfast and Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interview about the findings on702 ABC Breakfast and Afternoons, ABC Newcastle Day Shift, and 3AW Melbourne Afternoons (18/12/13) and Radio National Country Breakfast (21/12/13).
- The Daily Telegraph (21/12/13)also reported a lack of off-leash parks is contributing to an epidemic of overweight dogs and quoted Professor McGreevy.
- Paul McGreevy is the “ask and expert” in the December edition of Australian National Geographic.
- Man's best friend an even better employee
- The Daily Telegraph reported on a University study into the financial contribution of working dogs to Australia’s rural sector. Lead researcher, Liz Arnott, and Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, are quoted.
- ABC NSW Statewide Drive also interviewed Professor McGreevy on an upcoming conference at the University that will address the treatment of farm dogs, guide dogs, diabetic detection dogs, greyhounds, and sniffer dogs.
- Sunday News Ltd papers interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, on behavioural problems in dogs.
- Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, was interviewed on ABC Newcastle’s Drive show about training dogs.
- The Daily Telegraph and News.com.au reported that a University proposal to develop a screening process to identify aggressive dogs has been knocked back by the federal government, despite receiving support from the NSW government and animal groups. Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, is interviewed.
- The Adelaide Advertiser interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, regarding yawning in dogs.
- ABC- Big Ideas:- Paul McGreevy on the Role of the Whip in Horse Racing
- ABC Radio Queenslandinterviewed Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, about backhand strikes of the whip in horseracing.
- ABC Radio National Sport and Radio 2UEinterviewed Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, regarding his study into the whipping of horses during races.
- Force of backhand whipping brings racehorse rules under further scrutiny.
- The Australian reported on University research that found there is a need to revisit the use of the whip in horse racing. The research indicates Australia’s whip use rules have been formulated on a flawed understanding and perception of how different styles of whip riding affect the force of the impact.
- Paul was interviewed for a page one story in the Daily Telegraph about the dangers of fetching sticks for dogs. Click here.
- The Australian - Teleconferencing on horseback.
PhD and master's project opportunities
- Genetic basis of separation-related distress in Labrador retrievers; Wade C, Thomson P, McGreevy P, Van Rooy D; Australian Pet Welfare Foundation/Research Support.
- Optimising stock movement in processing plants and lairage - Stage 1 Dogs; McGreevy P; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation/Research and Development Projects.
- Nationally Shared Curriculum Resources for Veterinary Undergraduate Learning & Teaching in Animal Welfare & Ethics; McGreevy P, Degeling C; Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)/OLT Grants.
- Human Animal Research Network; Probyn-Rapsey F, Belov K, Black C, Degeling C, Fawcett (Quain) A, Irvine R, Johnston J, Lea T, Kindt J, Michael M, McGreevy P, McManus P, Raubenheimer D, Schlosberg D, Spurr B, Shine R, Wadiwel D; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
- Caring for Thoroughbreds: addressing social, economic and welfare issues in international horse racing; McManus P, Davison A, Roberts S, McGreevy P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- Valuable behavioural phenotypes in Australian farm dogs; McGreevy P, Wade C; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation/Research Priorities Program.
- Optimism in Dogs; McGreevy P; Thea Jean Schnakenberg/Faculty of Veterinary Science Bequest.
- Best and fairest arrives on the equestrian scene: a grass-roots, preventive approach to sustainable equine welfare; McGreevy P, Buckley P; Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Federal)/Research Support.
- International Society for Equitation Science - Horse welfare and human safety: importance of learning, training and education; Hawson L, McGreevy P; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation/Travel Support.
- Online surveillance of inherited and acquired disorders in dogs and cats; McGreevy P, Thomson P, Church D, Brodbelt D; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/Research Support.
- Developing an olfactory discrimination protocol that will allow us to quantify a dog's ability to distinguish between two odours of increasing similarity.; McGreevy P; Thea Jean Schnakenberg/Faculty of Veterinary Science Bequest.
- Monitoring the prevalence of inherited disorders in dogs; McGreevy P; Dorothy Minchin Bequest/Faculty of Veterinary Science Bequest.
- The Science of Horse Training: Implications for rider safety and horse welfare; McGreevy P, Jeffcott L; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation/Research Support.
- Maintaining genetic diversity of Tasmanian Devils: development of reproductive technology; O'Brien J, McGreevy P; Morris Animal Foundation (USA)/Research Grant.
- Monitoring the prevalence of inherited disorders in dogs; McGreevy P; Constance H. Aird Diabetes Bequest/Faculty of Veterinary Science Bequest.
- The Functional Significance of Motor Laterality in Dogs; Wilton A, Black J, Middlemiss J, McGreevy P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- The role of sialic acid in infant nutrition and brain development; Wang B, Brand-Miller J, Yu B, McGreevy P; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- The interaction of Virginiamycin, digestion and behaviour in normal and stereotypic horses; McGreevy P; New South Wales Racing Fund/NSW Racing Research Fund- Vet Science.
Selected publications & creative works
Carrots and Sticks: Principles of Animal Training (Darlington Press (an imprint of Sydney University Press), 2011)
Equitation Science (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2010)
A Modern Dog's Life (University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press, 2009)
Equine Behavior: A Guide For Veterinarians and Equine Scientists (Saunders Elsevier, 2004)