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What we do

RCVS Knowledge is a charity that provides free tools, resources and education to support thousands of veterinary professionals to deliver high-quality evidence-based medicine to millions of animals.

We provide access to veterinary research, quality improvement resources and historical collections. Find out more below.

Access to research

Veterinary Evidence journal

The only free, open access, peer-reviewed journal for veterinary professionals that publishes evidence based on questions from veterinary professionals, responding to their specific information needs. Veterinary Evidence provides:

  • short critical reviews of the best evidence on clinical questions (Knowledge Summaries)
  • podcasts of Knowledge Summaries
  • original research
  • narrative reviews
  • editorials.

We also publish practice-based case studies, commentaries, clinical audits, guidelines, systematic reviews, teaching articles, and book reviews, to give readers practical tools as well as evidence to use in their everyday practice. Read Veterinary Evidence.

A fantastic, peer-reviewed, open-access resource that should be taken advantage of by everyone in the veterinary field, particularly at the practice level.

Eric Fausak MSLIS, MA, LVT, RLAT – Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

inFOCUS journal watch

Email summaries of the latest research with the potential to impact care from over 100 journals, appraised by a specialist clinical review team. Read and subscribe to inFOCUS.

Library and Information Service

Access to a wealth of veterinary literature, plus skilled and friendly search support, available through a range of membership packages. Read more about our Library and Information Service.

The Library is fantastic value and an excellent resource which I use virtually every day!

Ross Allan BVMS PGCertSAS MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Quality Improvement campaign

We support veterinary practices to continuously improve the quality of care they provide. As part of this, we offer a growing suite of free tools and learning opportunities, including:

The CPD and resources are excellent quality.
They provided me with guidance and structure to reflect on what we could be doing differently, and to put a system in place to use current best evidence to continuously improve our practice.

Samantha Thompson RVN Grad Dip VN Cert VN ECC DET, Linnaeus, Highly Commended RCVS Knowledge Awards 2020

Historical Collections

500 years of veterinary history, available for academic research or simply for browsing. The collections contain rare and beautiful books, letters, artwork, case notes, periodicals and pamphlets that we preserve on behalf of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Highlights include:

  • Historical journals: Complete collections of the major British veterinary periodicals, including The Veterinarian (1828-1901), Veterinary Journal (1875-present) and Veterinary Record (1888-present), as well as rarer journals including the Farrier & Naturalist (1828-1830), and the Quarterly Journal of Veterinary Science in India (1882-1890). 
  • Frederick Smith collection: Correspondence and papers relating to the life and work of Major General Sir Frederick Smith (1857-1929), army veterinarian and author. The collection includes considerable correspondence between Smith and Fred Bullock, Secretary of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; case notes written while working for the Army Veterinary Service in India 1877-1885; diaries and letters written while serving in the Boer War, 1899-1902; and research notes for publications relating to veterinary history and practice.
  • Anatomical artwork: Paintings from 1820-1848 depicting sections of equine limbs and organs, showing disease and damage. Artists include William Henry Kearney, A A Cane, Joseph Perry and G Kirtland.

Find out more and browse our historical collections

In the course of my doctoral research, the RCVS Collections were invaluable. The material contained in the archives is unique, and was vital to the successful completion of my work.

Gene Tempest, PhD (History, Yale University), Writer/Producer

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