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Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough CasesVeterinary Ethics Navigating Tough Cases (Paperback) - Siobhan Mullan, Anne Quain (Fawcett)

​Veterinary Ethics presents a range of ethical scenarios that veterinarians and other allied animal health professionals may face in practice. The scenarios discussed are not only exceptional cases with potentially significant consequences, but often less dramatic everyday situations.

Available from:

Quain (Fawcett) A, Gopinath D,  May A and Moss-Davis J (eds)(2017) The Vet Cookbook: How to Feed and Care for the Domestic Human. Centre for Veterinary Education, University of Sydney. (Sold out).

Invited Editorials


Ali, K., Weidow, W., Votruba, N. & Quain, A. 2022. The Lived Experience of Students During the COVID Pandemic. In: Benner, M., Grant, J. & O'Kane, M. (eds.) Crisis Response in Higher Education: How the Pandemic Challenged University Operations and Organisation. : Springer International Publishing.


Fawcett, A. 2020. Animal welfare concerns highlight inequitable requirements. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 43: 517-518.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Quain, A., Mullan, S. & Ward, M.P. 2022. Provisionally accepted:

Quain, A., Mullan, S. & Ward, M.P. 2022. Low and No-Contact Euthanasia: Associated Ethical Challenges Experienced by Veterinary Team Members during the Early Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Animals, 12, 560:

Quain, A. 2022. Everyday Ethics: Intervening in the case of cat with a skin condition while “off duty”. In Practice p253-254.


Pasfield, K., Gottlieb, T., Tartari, E., Ward, M. P. & Quain, A. 2022. Sickness presenteeism associated with influenza-like illness in veterinarians working in New South Wales: Results of a state-wide survey. Australian Veterinary Journal.


Quain, A., Ward, M. P. & Mullan, S. 2022. What Would You Do? Types of Ethical Challenging Situations Depicted in Vignettes Published in the Veterinary Literature from 1990 to 2020. Veterinary Sciences, 9, 2.


Quain, A.; Mullan, S.; McGreevy, P.D.; Ward, M.P. Frequency, stressfulness and type of ethically challenging situations encountered by veterinary team members during the covid-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 2021, 8.


Quain, A. The gift: Ethically indicated euthanasia in companion animal practice. Veterinary Sciences 2021, 8, 141.


Quain, A.; Mullan, S.; Ward, M.P. Risk factors associated with increased ethically challenging situations encountered by veterinary team members during the covid-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 2021, 8.


Quain, A.; Ward, M.P.; Mullan, S. Ethical challenges posed by advanced veterinary care in companion animal veterinary practice. Animals 2021, 11.


Quain, A.; Mullan, S.; Ward, M.P. Communication challenges experienced by veterinary professionals during the covid-19 pandemic. Australian Veterinary Journal 2021,


Littlewood KE, Beausoleil NJ, Stafford KJ, Stephens C, Collins T, Quain A, Hazel S, Lloyd JF, Mallia C, Richards L, Wedler NK & Zito S (2021) How decision making about euthanasia for animals is taught to Australasian veterinary students. Australian Veterinary Journal


Fawcett A (2020) Top 5 Consequences of brachycephaly. Clinician’s Brief, August 2020.


Fawcett A (2020) One Welfare, the role of health professionals and climate change. Animal Sentience 30(9)


Wolf S, Selinger J, Ward MP, Santos-Smith P, Awad M and Fawcett A (2020). Incidence of presenting complaints and diagnoses in insured Australian dogs. Australian Veterinary Journal 2020 98:326–332


Littlewood KE, Beausoleil NJ, Stafford KJ, Stephens C, Collins T, Fawcett A, Hazel F, Lloyd JFK, Mallia C, Richards L, Wedler NK and Zito S. (2020) How management of grief associated with ending the life of an animal is taught to Australasian veterinary students. Australian Veterinary Journal 2020 98(8), 356-363


Shenoda, Y., Ward, M.P., McKeegan, D. and Fawcett, A. (2020) “The Cone of Shame”: Welfare Implications of Elizabethan Collar Use on Dogs and Cats as Reported by their Owners. Animals 202010(2), 333;


Starling, M., Fawcett, A., Wilson, B., Serpell, J., McGreevy, P. (2019) Behavioural risks in female dogs with minimal lifetime exposure to gonadal hormones. PLOS ONE, 14, e0223709


Fawcett, A. 2019. Feeding Cats a Plant-based Diet. In Practice, 41. 341-342.


Yang, H. H., Ward, M. P. & Fawcett, A. 2019. DVM students report higher psychological distress than the Australian public, medical students, junior medical officers and practicing veterinarians. Australian Veterinary Journal. Published online 16 July 2019.


Cheung, W. & Fawcett, A. 2019. Rehoming a surrendered dog to its original owner. In Practice, 41, 278.


Cheung, W & Fawcett, A. (2019). Managing a high publicity crowdfunded shelter puppy with head trauma. In Practice, 41, 182.


Fawcett, A & McGreevy, P (2019). What sets us apart could be our salvation: Commentary on Chapman & Huffman on Human Difference. Animal Sentience, 176, 1-4.


Fawcett, A (2019) Is a One Welfare Approach the Key to Addressing Unintended Harms and Maximising Benefits Associated with Animal Shelters? Journal of Applied Animal Ethics Research, 1-32.


Fawcett, A., Barrs, V., Awad, M., Child, G., Brunel, L., Mooney, E., Martinez-Taboada, F., McDonald, B. & McGreevy, P. 2018. Consequences and Management of Canine Brachycephaly in Veterinary Practice: Perspectives from Australian Veterinarians and Veterinary Specialists. Animals, 9.


Fawcett, A. 2018. What do clients want in a veterinarian? Veterinary Record, 183, 531.


Littlewood, K. E., Beausoleil, N. J., Stafford, K. J., Stephens, C., Collins, T., Fawcett, A., Hazel, S., Lloyd, J. K. F., Mallia, C., Richards, L., Wedler, N. K. & Zito, S. 2018. Exploring how end-of-life management is taught to Australasian veterinary students. Part 1: technical euthanasia. Veterinary Record, 183, 691.


Hernandez E, Fawcett A, Brouwer E, Rau J, Turner PV (2018) Speaking up: veterinary ethical responsibilities and animal welfare issues in everyday practice. Animals 8(1):15.


Fawcett A, Mullan S, McGreevy P (2018) Application of Fraser’s “Practical” Ethic in Veterinary Practice, and Its Compatibility with a “One Welfare” Framework. Animals, 8 (7) 109 Animals 2018, 8(7), 109.


Fawcett A. (2018) One health and antimicrobial resistance. In Practice, 40, 126.


Fawcett A, Chadwick M. (2018). Clients who cannot afford to pay. In Practice, 40, 38.


Fawcett A, McGreevy P. (2018). One Welfare. Australian Veterinary Journal, 96, N8-N9.


Fawcett A, Mullan S. (2018) Managing moral distress in practice. In Practice, 40, 34.


Degeling C, Fawcett A, Collins T, Hazel S, Johnson J, Lloyd J, Phillips CJC, Stafford K, Tzioumis V & McGreevy P (2017) Students’ opinions on welfare and ethics issues for companion animals in Australian and New Zealand veterinary schools. Australian Veterinary Journal 95(6):189-193.


Fawcett A, Brailey, J (2017) Taking a full lunch break. In Practice 39:238-239.


Fawcett A. (2017) Brachycephalic dogs and honesty with clients. In Practice 39(1):45.


Freire R, Phillips CJC, Verrinder J, Collins T, Degeling C, Fawcett A, Fisher AD, Hazel SJ, Hood J, Johnson J, Lloyd J, Stafford K, Tzioumis V, McGreevy PD (2017).  The importance of animal welfare science and ethics to Australian and New Zealand veterinary students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 44 (2) 208-216.


Cornish AR, Caspar GL, Collins T, Degeling C, Fawcett A, Fisher AD, Freire R, Hazel SJ, Hood J, Johnson J, Lloyd J, Phillips CJC, Stafford K, Tzioumis V, McGreevy PD (2016). Career preferences and opinions on animal welfare and ethics: a survey of veterinary students in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 43(3):310-20.


Fawcett A, Halliday C, Danesi P, Taylor D, Johnson R (2016).  Acute fungal hepatitis caused by Fusarium oxysporum complex in a pet Central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) Australian Veterinary Practitioner 46(1):13-16. (NB this paper won the Atwell Award for Best Case Report for 2016)


Fawcett A and Shea G (2016). Curvature of the penis in a male neutered cat with lower urinary tract obstruction. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 46(1):23-24.


Fawcett A (2016) Veterinarians need support to break the silence. Commentary by Fawcett on Lachance on Breaking Silence. Animal Sentience 69:1-3.


Leshinsky J, Beatty J, Fawcett A, Voss K, Markara M, Krockenberger M and Barrs V (2016) Aldosterone and progesterone secreting adrenocortical adenocarcinoma in a cat with a concurrent meningioma. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports


Fawcett A, Sullivan ND & Allan GS (2015) What is your diagnosis? Nodule on the tail of a ferret. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 45(4):181-182.


Johnson J, Collins T, Degeling C, Fawcett A, Fisher AD, Freire R, Hazel SJ, Hood J, Lloyd J, Phillips CJC, Stafford K, Tzioumis V & McGreevy PD (2015) The first shared online curriculum resources for veterinary undergraduate learning and teaching in animal welfare and ethics in Australia and New Zealand. Animals 5(2):395-406;


McDonagh P, Sheehy PA, Fawcett A and Norris JM (2015) In Vitro inhibition of field isolates of feline calicivirus with short interfering RNAs (siRNAs). Veterinary Microbiology 177:78-86.


McDonagh P, Sheehy PA, Fawcett A and Norris JM (2015) Antiviral effect of mefloquine on feline calicivirus in vitroVeterinary Microbiology 176:370-377.


Moffet J, Matthew S and Fawcett A (2015). Building career resilience in veterinarians. In Practice 37:38-41


Fawcett A, Shea G, Cutter S (2014) Black Whipsnake (Demansia papuensis species group) envenomation in a Jack Russell terrier. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 44(2):627-630.


Joffe M, O'Shannessy D, Dhand NK, Westman M and Fawcett A (2014) Characteristics of persons convicted for offences relating to animal hoarding in New South Wales. Australian Veterinary Journal 92(10):369-375.


Fawcett A, Malik R, Howlett CR, McDonald MM, Culvenor J, Pool R and Allan GS (2014) Polyostotic hyperostosis in a domestic shorthair cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 16:432-440.


Fawcett A, Irwin P (2014) Diagnosis and treatment of generalised tetanus in dogs. In Practice 36(10:482-483).


Fawcett A, Yao Y and Miller R (2014) Probable dietary-induced thiamine deficiency in a cat fed pet meat containing sulfur dioxide preservative. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 44(1):554-559.


Fawcett A and Irwin P (2014) Review of treatment of generalised tetanus in dogs. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 44(1):574-578.


Fawcett A and Woon S (2013) Pest or patient? In Practice 35(10):614-615.


Fawcett A (2013) Dealing with the difficult clinical encounter. In Practice 35:531-534.


Fawcett A and Norsworthy G (2013) Applying digital photography in general practice. In Practice 35:336-341.


Fawcett A (2013) Everyday Ethics: Anaesthetic death - who pays? In Practice 35:38-39.


Fawcett A and Brailey J (2012) Everyday Ethics: Are you positive? The fate of a shelter cat. In Practice 34:614-615.


Fawcett A and Phillips A (2012) Clinical Snapshot: A Poodle with a Facial Lesion. Compendium.


Worthing KA, Wigney DI, Dhand NK, Fawcett A, McDonagh P, Malik R and Norris JM (2012) Risk factors for feline infectious peritonitis in Australian cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.


Phillips A, Fawcett A, Allan G, Wilkinson M, Fraser D and Malik R (2011) Vitamin-D dependent non-type 1, non-type 2 rickets in a 3-month-old Cornish Rex kitten. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 13:526-531.


Fawcett A (2011) Management of husbandry-related problems in guinea pigs. In Practice 33:163-171.


Fawcett A and Baguley J (2011) Everyday Ethics: social media menace. In Practice 33:190-191..


Fawcett A, Phillips A and Malik R (2010) Hypoglycaemia and acute hepatic failure associated with xylitol ingestion in a Staffordshire-terrier cross. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 40:142-147.


Fawcett A, Phillips A and Billson M (2010) Ocular hemangiosarcoma in a Husky. Compendium: Continuing Education for Veterinarians. September 2010, E1-E2.


Fawcett A (2010) Everyday Ethics: the wrong vaccine. In Practice 32:214-215.


Fawcett A (2010) Everyday Ethics: insulin overdose. In Practice 32:270-271.


Malik R, Ward MP, Seavers A, Fawcett A, Bell E, Govendir M and Page SW (2010) Permethrin spot-on intoxication of cats: Literature review and survey of veterinary practitioners in Australia. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 12:5-14.


Fawcett A (2009) Everyday Ethics: too much information. In Practice 31:266-267.


Fawcett A, Phillips A, Sullivan N and Allen G (2009) Segmental uterine aplasia with ipsilateral renal agenesis in a mixed breed cat. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 39(1):31-33.


Fawcett A and Phillips A (2009) The curious case of the cat with the munchies (clinical letter). A. Compendium of Veterinary Continuing Education, January 2009 p25.


Fawcett A and Kelman M (2008) Amitraz toxicity in a dog following ingestion of amitraz-impregnated collar. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 38(4): 142-145.


McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Pride C, Fawcett A, Grassi T and Jones, B (2008) Overweight or obese cats presented to Australian veterinary practices: risk factors and prevalence. Australian Veterinary Practitioner 38(3)-98-107.


McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Pride C, Fawcett A, Grassi T and Jones B (2005) Prevalence of obesity in dogs examined by Australian veterinary practices and the risk factors involved. The Veterinary Record, 156, 695-702.


Books, book chapters and scientific resources

Quain A, McGreevy P and Mullan S. 2021. Ethical challenges of treating brachycephalic dogs. In: Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals. Packer R.M.A and O’Neill D.G. (eds) pp41-53. 

Fawcett A, Gopinath D, May A and Moss-Davis J (eds) (2018) The Vet Cookbook: A Guide to Feeding the Domestic Human. Centre for Veterinary Education: Sydney.


Mullan S and Fawcett A (2017) Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Decisions. 5M: London.


Fawcett A (2016) Mourning for animals: a companion animal veterinarian’s perspective. In Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death. ed de Mello M. East Lansing: Michigan University Press. Pp171-178.


Fawcett A (2015) Cases 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 2.2, 2.3, 4.6, 5.2, 8.6, 9.13 In Feline Medicine Review and Test, eds S. Taylor & A. Harvey. Saunders Elsevier.


Fawcett A, Fyfe J and Malik R (2014) Non-tuberculous cutaneous granulomas in dogs and cats (canine leproid granuloma and feline leprosy syndrome). In: Bonagura J.D. &Twedt D.C. (eds.) Current Veterinary Therapy XV St Louis: Elsevier Saunders.


Fawcett A (2013) Euthanasia and morally justifiable killing in a veterinary clinical context. In Animal Death pp204-218. Sydney University Press.


Fawcett A and Johnson P (2012) Draft guidelines for the housing of mice in scientific institutions. Department of Primary Industries Animal Welfare Branch