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Our commitment to improving the reporting of animal studies

In our latest blog, Editor, Dr. Hayley Henderson discusses her participation in a round table discussion during the LAVA-ESLAV-ECLAM conference on Reproducibility of Animal Studies, and expands on BMC Veterinary Research's commitment to improving the quality of animal research reporting.

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Cost COMBAR combats anthelmintic resistance

BMC Veterinary Research Section Editor, Dr. Johannes Charlier reports on the important work of the Cost Action COMBAR group following the latest working group meeting in Leon last year where researchers from 30 countries came together to discuss a coordinated approach towards solutions for anthelmintic resistance.

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LifeTIME (Long Term remission Mct Epilepsy) study

​​​​​​​BMC Veterinary Research Section Editor, Prof. Holger Volk talks about his team's work at the Royal Veterinary College and their future project which investigates whether nutrition plays a role in the management of canine epilepsy.  Please get in touch with us to learn more about this study and how pet owners can get involved.

Call for papers

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Call for papers: Veterinary antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use

BMC Veterinary Research and BMC Microbiology have joined forces to launch a cross-journal thematic series focused on veterinary antimicrobial resistance. If you are interested in contributing, please read our call for papers for more information.

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Call for papers: Impact of man-made toxicants on farmed and wild animals

BMC Veterinary Research is delighted to announce the launch of a new thematic series aiming to explore the effects of man-made toxicants on the health of farmed and wild animals. Find out more in our call for papers.

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A step in the right direction

A team of researchers have developed algorithms for an accelerometer-based device to detect the number of steps and distance travelled by dogs. The algorithms also allow calculation for temporal and spatial components of canine ambulation which could be used for diagnosis or monitoring of certain diseases, or used to support canine weight-loss programmes.

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The impact of Johne's disease on milk production

A New Zealand based longitudinal study finds that sub-clinical Johne's disease can have a significant impact on milk production in dairy cows. The testing methodology used in this study allowed the farmer to identify cows that were infectious and are likely to under produce compared to cows where infection was not detected. Such knowledge allows for better control of this disease within infected herds.


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Aims and scope

BMC Veterinary Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of veterinary science and medicine, including the epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of medical conditions of domestic, companion, farm and wild animals, as well as the biomedical processes that underlie their health. 


Section Editors

  • Wolfgang Baeumer, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Patrick Butaye, Ross University
  • Ignacio Calvo, Royal Veterinary College
  • Jose J Ceron, University of Murcia
  • Johannes Charlier, Kreavet​​​​​​​
  • Manfred Kietzmann, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
  • Peter Leegwater, Utrecht University
  • Cheryl London, The Ohio State University
  • Matthew Parker, University of Portsmouth
  • Louis Penning, Utrecht University
  • Laura Rinaldi, University of Naples Federico II
  • Rick Sanchez, Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht
  • Ayona Silva-Fletcher, Royal Veterinary College​​​​​​​
  • Michael Tildesley, University of Warwick
  • Holger A Volk, Royal Veterinary College

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Reporting guidelines for authors

The Meridian Network is home to a collection of reporting guidelines and checklists for research that involve animals. The checklists are intended as an aid for authors to clearly, completely and transparently let reviewers and readers know what they did and found. We encourage our authors to adhere to these standards.

Research Data Support for authors

Research Data Support is an optional Springer Nature service available to researchers who have datasets they want to make easier to cite, share and find. Learn more about this service and the many benefits of making your data publicly available. 

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