Professor Paul McGreevy
Sentient Veterinary Member
Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science
Sub-Dean of Animal Welfare at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine
"Galvanised by a commitment to work for, and not merely with, animals, my sister and I graduated from Bristol University's vet school. James Herriot's books were at their peak of popularity and there was hot competition for places in the course. Many were squandered on people who lacked empathy with or even feared animals. Surprisingly, little has changed. There is still a mismatch between undergraduates’ expectations and what a career in animal care can truly deliver.
I have been collaborating with Dr Andrew McLean, a zoologist and former international equestrian, since 2002. Together, we have developed a fresh approach to the welfare of ridden horses. We coined the term equitation science in a co-written chapter of my 2004 textbook, Equine Behavior, followed in 2010 by Equitation Science. This new discipline emphasises effective, evidence-based training techniques, and identifies irrelevant and abusive practices. It also demystifies the process of optimal training, making it available to all horse-keepers. It is likely to become the most enduring of all approaches used to train horses and is now revolutionising the way we think about dog training."