Dr Paul MacLeman

Sentient Veterinary Member

Managing Director of IDT Australia


Dr Paul MacLeman is committed to promoting post-clinical career paths for veterinarians and to advocating for animal welfare from an evidence-based perspective. His own professional life bears testament to both ideals.


After graduating in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney, Paul worked in mixed practice in Armidale, the Northern Territory and the United Kingdom before returning to Walgett.


His focus was largely on cattle work, which he continues with his own herd of Murray Greys on his property in South Gippsland, Victoria. Paul speaks fondly of his animals and is proud to be giving them ‘the best possible life’ for animals used for meat production.  


Since leaving clinical practice, Paul has forged a unique career as a life sciences management professional,  applying his scientific expertise and management skills to enhance the profitability of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, a role he describes as ‘company doctor’.


Starting as General Manager of Nature Vet Pty Ltd, Paul then founded a number of life sciences start-up companies and graduated with an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in 1998. Paul eventually moved from developing and launching animal vaccines and diagnostics to focussing on human drug development and manufacture.


As Chief Executive Officer of Genetic Technologies Ltd, a generalist genomics laboratory, one of his major achievements was to acquire, re-validate and launch in the USA a first-in-class breast cancer diagnostic test.


Since 2013, Paul has been the Managing Director of IDT Australia, transforming the company from a drug development service provider to a specialist manufacturer of generic oncology drugs for human use.


In tandem with his entrepreneurial achievements, Paul has remained committed to furthering animal welfare since his early days in clinical practice, generously supporting animal welfare organisations and liaising with industry bodies.


A strong believer in the moral authority held by veterinarians, Paul argues for the importance of animal welfare training for veterinary science students. His suggestions for how the profession can promote animal welfare include: harnessing the power of veterinarians working in non-clinical roles such as industry research and business; constructively influencing intensive industries from the inside; promoting debate; and advocating for strict legislation to protect production, laboratory and companion animals.


Paul’s particular areas of concern that require ongoing pressure and scrutiny are the conditions faced by exported livestock and by intensively farmed pigs and poultry.