Michelle McArthur

Associate Professor Michelle McArthur

Associate Professor

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

  • Human-animal relationships and animal assisted interventions.
  • Veterinarian and veterinary student communication skills.
  • Methods for teaching and learning clinical communication skills.
  • Veterinarian and Veterinary student mental health and wellbeing.
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Li, K., Mooney, E., McArthur, M., Hall, E., & Quain, A. (2024). A comparison between veterinary small animal general practitioners and emergency practitioners in Australia. Part 2: client-related, work-related, and personal burnout. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 11, 13 pages.
    2024 Li, K., Mooney, E., McArthur, M., Hall, E., & Quain, A. (2024). A comparison between veterinary small animal general practitioners and emergency practitioners in Australia. Part 1: demographic and work-related factors.. Frontiers in veterinary science, 11, 1355505.
    2023 Edwards, P. T., Smith, B. P., McArthur, M. L., & Hazel, S. J. (2023). Implementing Stress-Reducing Veterinary Care: Perceptions of Australian Veterinary Professionals Working with Dogs. Anthrozoös, 36(4), 1-24.
    2023 Arbe Montoya, A. I., Matthew, S. M., Jarden, A., Hazel, S. J., & McArthur, M. L. (2023). The moral deliberation pathway in veterinary practice: a qualitative study. Veterinary Record, 193(8), no.
    2022 Edwards, P. T., Smith, B. P., McArthur, M. L., & Hazel, S. J. (2022). At the heart of a dog's veterinary experience: Heart rate responses in dogs vary across a standard physical examination. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 51, 23-34.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2022 Edwards, P. T., Smith, B. P., McArthur, M. L., & Hazel, S. J. (2022). Puppy pedicures: Exploring the experiences of Australian dogs to nail trims. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 255, 8 pages.
    2021 Arbe Montoya, A. I., Hazel, S. J., Matthew, S. M., & McArthur, M. L. (2021). Why do veterinarians leave clinical practice? A qualitative study using thematic analysis. Veterinary Record, 188(1), 49-58.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS15 Europe PMC9
    2021 Clise, M. H., Kirby, N., & McArthur, M. L. (2021). Is veterinary work more than satisfying? A critical review of the literature. Veterinary Record, 188(10), 1-9.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Clise, M. H., Matthew, S. M., & McArthur, M. L. (2021). Sources of pleasure in veterinary work: A qualitative study. Veterinary Record, 188(11), 1-8.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC2
    2021 Arbe Montoya, A., Hazel, S., Hebart, M. L., & McArthur, M. L. (2021). Risk factors associated with veterinary attrition from clinical practice: a descriptive study. Australian Veterinary Journal, 99(11), 495-501.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS5
    2021 McArthur, M. L., Learey, T. J., Jarden, A., Van Gelderen, I., Hazel, S. J., Cake, M. A., . . . Matthew, S. M. (2021). Resilience of veterinarians at different career stages: The role of self‐efficacy, coping strategies and personal resources for resilience in veterinary practice. Veterinary Record, 189(2), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Cake, M., Bell, M., Cobb, K., Feakes, A., Hamood, W., Hughes, K., . . . Zaki, S. (2021). Employability as a Guiding Outcome in Veterinary Education: Findings of the VetSet2Go Project. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8, 9 pages.
    DOI WoS1
    2020 Cake, M., McArthur, M. L., Mansfield, C. F., Zaki, S., Carbonneau, K., & Matthew, S. M. (2020). Challenging identity: Development of a measure of veterinary career motivations. Veterinary Record, 186(12), 386.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS5 Europe PMC4
    2020 Matthew, S. M., Carbonneau, K. J., Mansfield, C. F., Zaki, S., Cake, M. A., & McArthur, M. L. (2020). Development and validation of a contextualised measure of resilience in veterinary practice: The Veterinary Resilience Scale-Personal Resources (VRS-PR). Veterinary Record, 186(15), 20 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC1
    2020 Hunter, T., van Rooy, D., McArthur, M., Bennett, S., Tuke, J., & Hazel, S. (2020). Mental Health Disease or Preventable Problem? Australian Dog Trainers' Opinions about Canine Separation Anxiety Differ with Training Style.. Animals (Basel), 10(8), 15 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2020 Guess, S., Matthew, S., Cary, J., Lynne Nelson, O., & McArthur, M. (2020). Clinical supervision in veterinary medicine. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 257(3), 255-261.
    DOI Scopus5
    2019 Cake, M. A., Mansfield, C. F., McArthur, M. L., Zaki, S., & Matthew, S. M. (2019). An Exploration of the Career Motivations Stated by Early-Career Veterinarians in Australia. Journal of veterinary medical education, 46(4), 545-554.
    DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC1
    2019 Edwards, P. T., Smith, B. P., McArthur, M. L., & Hazel, S. J. (2019). Fearful Fido: Investigating dog experience in the veterinary context in an effort to reduce distress. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 213, 14-25.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS22
    2019 Mcarthur, M. L., Matthew, S. M., Brand, C. P. B., Andrews, J., Fawcett, A., & Hazel, S. (2019). Cross-sectional analysis of veterinary student coping strategies and stigma in seeking psychological help. Veterinary Record, 184(23), 709.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS7 Europe PMC7
    2019 Edwards, P. T., Hazel, S. J., Browne, M., Serpell, J. A., McArthur, M. L., & Smith, B. P. (2019). Investigating risk factors that predict a dog’s fear during veterinary consultations. PLoS ONE, 14(7), 18 pages.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS18 Europe PMC10
    2019 Arbe Montoya, A. I., Hazel, S., Matthew, S. M., & McArthur, M. L. (2019). Moral distress in veterinarians. Veterinary Record, 185(20), 631-1-631-7.
    DOI Scopus35 Europe PMC20
    2018 Scott, S., Jong, E., McArthur, M., & Hazel, S. J. (2018). Follow-up surveys of people who have adopted dogs and cats from an Australian shelter. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 201, 40-45.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7
    2017 Vijfhuizen, M., Bok, H., Matthew, S., Del Piccolo, L., & McArthur, M. (2017). Analysing how negative emotions emerge and are addressed in veterinary consultations, using the Verona Coding Definitions of Emotional Sequences (VR-CoDES). Patient Education and Counseling, 100(4), 682-689.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC4
    2017 Mcarthur, M., Andrews, J. R., Brand, C., & Hazel, S. J. (2017). The Prevalence of Compassion Fatigue among Veterinary Students in Australia and the Associated Psychological Factors. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(1), 9-21.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS38 Europe PMC16
    2017 McArthur, M., Mansfield, C., Mathew, S., Saki, S., Brand, C., Andrews, J., & Hazel, S. (2017). Resilience in Veterinary Students and the Predictive Role of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(1), 106-115.
    DOI Scopus52 WoS40 Europe PMC15
    2017 Cake, M., McArthur, M., Matthew, S., & Mansfield, C. (2017). Finding the balance: uncovering resilience in the veterinary literature. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(1), 95-105.
    DOI Scopus48 Europe PMC12
    2016 McArthur, M., & Fitzgerald, J. (2016). Evaluation of a communication skills training program for companion-animal veterinarians: a pilot study using RIAS coding. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 43(2), 111-125.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC4
    2016 Czerwinski, V., McArthur, M., Smith, B., Hynd, P., & Hazel, S. (2016). Selection of Breeding Stock among Australian Purebred Dog Breeders, with Particular Emphasis on the Dam. Animals, 6(11), 1-18.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC4
    2015 Hazel, S., Siow, J., & McArthur, M. (2015). Survey of companion animal weight loss programs in metropolitan Adelaide, Australia. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 45(2), 68-74.
    2015 Petrovski, K., & McArthur, M. (2015). The art and science of consultations in bovine medicine: Use of modified Calgary – Cambridge guides. Macedonian Veterinary Review, 38(2), 137-147.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2014 Chur-Hansen, A., McArthur, M., Winefield, H., Hanieh, E., & Hazel, S. (2014). Animal-assisted interventions in children's hospitals: a critical review of the literature. Anthrozoos, 27(1), 5-18.
    DOI Scopus55 WoS47
    2014 Hamood, W., Chur-Hansen, A., & McArthur, M. (2014). A qualitative study to explore communication skills in veterinary medical education. International journal of medical education, 5, 193-198.
    DOI Scopus35 WoS34 Europe PMC11
    2013 McArthur, M., & Fitzgerald, J. (2013). Companion animal veterinarians' use of clinical communication skills. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91(9), 374-380.
    DOI Scopus68 WoS61 Europe PMC21
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2015 McArthur, M., & Feakes, A. M. (2015). Veterinary Leadership and Communication Skills. In P. D. Cockcroft (Ed.), Bovine Medicine (3rd ed., pp. 69-76). SINGAPORE: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2011 Feakes, A. M., McArthur, M. A., Hazel, S. J., & Rutley, D. L. (2011). Gender and other impacts on veterinary student attitudes to nontechnical skills, knowledge and attributes needed for their professional future.. In ERGA Conference (6th : 2011 : Adelaide, Australia). Adelaide.
  • Conference Items

  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2018 Cake, M., Ball, M., Cobb, K., Feakes, A., Hamood, W., Hughes, K., . . . Zaki, S. (2018). Interpreting employability in the veterinary context: A guide and framework for veterinary educators. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Government, Department of Education and training.
  • 2019 EVA Workforce Sustainability Grant, $15000. Co-Primary Investigator with Melinda Bell, Murdoch, Co-Investigator Martin Cake, Cristy Secombe, Dan Schull , Susan Hazel, Ale Arbe Montoya
  • 2016    VetSetGO: a collaborative outcomes and assessment framework building employability, resilience and veterinary graduate success. (Office of Learning and Teaching Grant, $349000) (Principal Investigator, Martin Cake, Co-Investigators Michelle McArthur (co-team lead Resilience with Susan Matthew), Caroline Mansfield, Dan Schull, Liz Mossop, Susan Rhind, Wendy Hamood, Adele Feakes, Sanaa Zaki.)
  • 2016    What factors relate to resilience in mid to late career veterinarians? (Seed Grant, $3000, SAVS) (Principal Investigator Michelle McArthur, Co-investigator Susan Matthew Washington State University)
  • 2014    Veterinary students and new graduates mental health: enhancement, risks and management. ($4000, Seed Grant, SAVS) (Principal Investigator Michelle McArthur, Co-investigators Susan Hazel and Sam Franklin)
  • 2013    An exploratory study of the sources of puppies in Adelaide, and the relationship between puppy source, and owner satisfaction and demographics  ($10,650, Dog and Cat Management Board) (Principal Investigator Susan Hazel, Co-Investigator Michelle McArthur)
  • 2012    Survey of companion animal weight loss programs in veterinary clinics in Adelaide ($1600) (Principal Investigator Jia Wen Siow, co-supervisor Susan Hazel and primary supervisor, Michelle McArthur)
  • 2011    Linking Key Professional Skills with Crucial Life Skills: An Experiential Program for Veterinary Students2nd Veterinary Education Symposium ($3000, Hills Pet Nutrition)
  • 2010    Enhancement of Professional Skills for Animal and Veterinary Science Students. ($12,000.00, Teaching and Learning Implementation Grant) (Principal Investigator Michelle McArthur, Co-Investigators Gail Anderson, Adele Feakes, Cindy Bottema, Di Barton, Audrey Stratton).

Teaching content includes: 

  • Clinical communication skills.
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • Wellbeing
    • Compassion fatigue
    • Strategies to build resilience
    • Stress and management


2018 Faculty of Science Executive Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence -Early Career

2019 University of Adelaide Teaching Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning 

2021 Executive Dean High Commendation for Excellence in Teaching 

2022 Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning 

2023 Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Australian Awards for University Teaching)


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Principal Supervisor The impact of emotional intelligence (EQ) of veterinary leaders on psychological safety Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Olivia Joanna Oginska
    2019 Principal Supervisor Veterinary and Medical Professionals experiences of Trauma at Work Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Natalie Worth
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Emerging Evidence Bases for Investigating and Mitigating Dog Fear during Veterinary Care Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Petra Tamar Edwards
    2017 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Attrition of Veterinarians from Clinical Practice and the Influence of Moral Distress Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Alejandra Isabel Arbe Montoya
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Influence of Maternal Care on Stress-related Responses in Puppies Canis familiaris Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Veronika Heather Czerwinski
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Email: michelle.mcarthur@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace, Roseworthy
  • Building: Darling,Corridor Building, floor Ground Floor
  • Room: G21
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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