Michelle McArthur

Associate Professor Michelle McArthur

Veterinary Skills - Communication, 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.
  • Development of professional skills in veterinary students.
  • 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 


  • Position: Veterinary Skills - Communication, Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83133040, 83130080, 83137600
  • Email: michelle.mcarthur@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83130004, 83137956
  • Campus: North Terrace, Roseworthy
  • Building: Oliphant, floor 3,Corridor Block, floor G
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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