Michael reviews Current Veterinary Therapy.


Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases
Veterinary 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. (Order copies here).

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Cheever, H., Fawcett, A., & Dodman, N. H. (2020). HSVMA Leadership Council stands against feline declawing. DVM360, 51(8), 13-14.

Fawcett, A. (2020). Animal welfare concerns highlight inequitable requirements. []. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 43(6), 517-518, doi:

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.

Littlewood, K. E., Beausoleil, N. J., Stafford, K. J., Stephens, C., Collins, T., Fawcett, A., et al. (2020). How management of grief associated with ending the life of an animal is taught to Australasian veterinary students. Australian Veterinary Journal, n/a(n/a), doi:10.1111/avj.12960.

Littlewood, K. E., Beausoleil, N. J., Stafford, K. J., Stephens, C., Collins, T., Quain, A., et al. (2021). How decision-making about euthanasia for animals is taught to Australasian veterinary students. []. Australian Veterinary Journal, n/a(n/a), doi:

Pasfield, K., et al., Sickness presenteeism associated with influenza-like illness in veterinarians working in New South Wales: Results of a state-wide survey. Aust Vet J, 2022. DOI: 

Quain, A., S. Mullan, and M.P. Ward, Low and No-Contact Euthanasia: Associated Ethical Challenges Experienced by Veterinary Team Members during the Early Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Animals, 2022. 12(5): p. 560.

Quain, A., M.P. Ward, and S. Mullan, What Would You Do? Types of Ethical Challenging Situations Depicted in Vignettes Published in the Veterinary Literature from 1990 to 2020. Veterinary Sciences, 2022. 9(1): p. 2.

Quain, A. (2021). The Gift: Ethically Indicated Euthanasia in Companion Animal Practice. Veterinary Sciences, 8(8), 141.

Quain, A., Mullan, S., McGreevy, P. D., & Ward, M. P. (2021a). Frequency, Stressfulness and Type of Ethically Challenging Situations Encountered by Veterinary Team Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic. [Original Research]. Front Vet Sci, 8(311), doi:10.3389/fvets.2021.647108.

Quain, A., Mullan, S., & Ward, M. P. (2021). Communication challenges experienced by veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. []. Australian Veterinary Journal, n/a(n/a), doi:

Quain, A., Mullan, S., & Ward, M. P. (2021b). Risk Factors Associated With Increased Ethically Challenging Situations Encountered by Veterinary Team Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic. [Original Research]. Front Vet Sci, 8(1186), doi:10.3389/fvets.2021.752388.

Quain, A., Ward, M. P., & Mullan, S. (2021c). Ethical Challenges Posed by Advanced Veterinary Care in Companion Animal Veterinary Practice. Animals, 11(11), doi:10.3390/ani11113010.

Shenoda, Y., Ward, M. P., McKeegan, D., & Fawcett, A. (2020). “The Cone of Shame”: Welfare Implications of Elizabethan Collar Use on Dogs and Cats as Reported by their Owners. Animals, 10(2), doi:10.3390/ani10020333.

Wolf, S., Selinger, J., Ward, M. P., Santos-Smith, P., Awad, M., & Fawcett, A. (2020). Incidence of presenting complaints and diagnoses in insured Australian dogs. Australian Veterinary Journal, 98(7), 326-332, doi:10.1111/avj.12981.

Fawcett A, Barrs V, Awad M, Child G, Brunel L, Mooney E, Martinez-Taboada F, McDonald B and McGreevy P (2019) Consequences and management of canine brachycephaly in veterinary practice: perspectives from Australian veterinarians and veterinary specialists. Animals 9(1)3: Download full text for free here.

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. Download full text for free here

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; doi:10.3390/ani8010015 Download free from MDPI.

Degeling C, Fawcett A, Collins T, Hazel S, Johnson J, Lloyd J, Phillips CJC, Stafford K, Tzioumis V and 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):45-6.

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, 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 DOI:10.1177/2055116915624448

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 C, 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; doi 10.3390/ani5020362

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.

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 C.R., McDonald M.M., Culvenor J., Pool R and Allan G.S. (2014) Polyostotic hyperostosis in a domestic shorthair cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 16:432-440.

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., 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.

Moffet J., Matthew S. and Fawcett A. Building career resilience in veterinarians. In press.

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 K.A., Wigney D.I., Dhand N.K., Fawcett A., McDonagh P., Malik R. and Norris J.M (2012) Risk factors for feline infectious peritonitis in Australian cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Available online 7 March 2012.

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 haemangiosarcoma 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 M.P., Seavers A., Fawcett A., Bell E., Govendir M. and Page S.W. (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 (extended 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 P.D., Thomson P.C., 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 P.D., Thomson P.C., 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.