Stuart Gordon

Doctor of Philosophy, (Veterinary Science)
Study Completed: 2020
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Multiple veterinary stakeholders’ perspectives on important professionalism attributes for career success in veterinary clinical practice

Mr Gordon investigated which veterinary professionalism attributes are important for clinical practitioners’ career success. He used mixed methods to collect information from veterinary students, veterinarians and veterinary clients. His analysis identified four overarching attribute themes: ‘effective communication’, ‘accountability, honesty, trustworthiness and integrity’, ‘quality of service’, and ‘personal wellbeing’. Mr Gordon found that career success hinges on adherence to these themes and their overlap with three crucial domains of veterinary care: patient-centred care, relationship-centred care, and self-care. Professionalism, therefore, revolves around veterinarians’ accountability to patients, clients, colleagues, and themselves. Based on these findings, Mr Gordon developed a framework of veterinary professionalism, around the principles of veterinary care, that provides a guide to success in the practice of veterinary medicine.

Professor Jackie Benschop
Professor Tim Parkinson
Professor Jenny Weston
Associate Professor Dianne Gardner
Dr Charlotte Bolwell