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Veterinary Evidence

The Veterinary Evidence journal publishes the evidence that veterinary teams need.

Veterinary Evidence is the only free, open access, peer-reviewed journal for veterinary professionals that publishes evidence based on clinically relevant questions that respond to specific information needs. The journal is aimed at veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, paraprofessionals and allied professions in the international veterinary community.

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Veterinary Evidence provides:

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

Follow the Veterinary Evidence user journey to see how you can contribute to the evidence base [PDF]

See how you can add value to the Veterinary Evidence value cycle [PDF]

Knowledge Summaries

Knowledge Summaries – also known as Critically Appraised Topics, or CATs – are designed to help veterinary teams solve patient problems efficiently. They are short critical summaries of the best available information on a defined clinical question. They provide a concise conclusion that should be easily accessible by clinical staff. 

Get involved

Practitioners can contribute to the evidence by writing a Knowledge Summary and submitting it to Veterinary Evidence. Find out how to write a Knowledge Summary. 

Examples of published Knowledge Summaries, as well as author guidelines, can be found on Veterinary Evidence

What is it like to write a Knowledge Summary? Leanne Barry, RVN, wrote her Knowledge Summary for her Masters in Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing course and decided to follow through with the publishing process. In this video, Leanne chats with course leader Mary Fraser about the experience. 

Clinical queries

Don’t have time to write a Knowledge Summary but want to add to the evidence base? 

Knowledge Summaries answer a specific and focused clinical query by appraising the best available evidence to help reinforce or inform decision-making. See our list of current clinical queries, submitted by fellow veterinary professionals. 

If you have encountered a scenario in practice where you are unsure of the evidence, submit a clinical query. We will then add your queries to an online list for other colleagues in the profession to answer as Knowledge Summaries. Ask a clinical query.

Veterinary Evidence Student Awards

It is important that evidence-based approaches are embedded into the early education of veterinary students, and we encourage this through our Veterinary Evidence Student Awards scheme. Open to all undergraduate students studying any veterinary-related degree, students have the opportunity for their paper to be published in our journal and could receive one of three cash prizes. Find out more and meet the past winners.

Alexandra Bartlett

“I'm absolutely thrilled to have won the competition and have really enjoyed the opportunity to further my scientific writing and evidence-based veterinary medicine skills. I would definitely recommend the experience to anybody interested in entering!” 

Alexandra Bartlett, Veterinary Evidence Student Awards winner 2021