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Land of open glory: widening access to veterinary research

24 Oct, 14 | by Assistant Editor


This week saw the eighth annual Open Access Week, in which academics and researchers from around the world shared expertise on open access publishing while campaigning for it to become the norm.

Since its inception in the 1990s, the online open access movement has made significant headway. There are now hundreds of fully open access journals (including Veterinary Record Open), the contents of which are absolutely free.

Print journals have also seen a significant change; nowadays, many academic journals are ‘hybrid’, offering both subscription and open access options. Veterinary Record falls into this category and has published a range of influential open access articles this year alone, including a review of TB vaccination and a study of antibiotic use in animals across Europe.

Open access publishing has been shown to increase the impact of research. Studies (for example, here, here and here) have shown that open access research is cited more often. Advocates of open access suggest that making the results of studies freely available can have a beneficial impact on patient care as well. If practising vets have the latest information at their fingertips, this could lead to new and better treatment options being adopted more quickly. The fact that studies published in this way are available to anyone in the world with an internet connection means that vets working in developing countries, who may otherwise not have journal subscriptions, have access to cutting edge research and can implement this to improve animal health.

To celebrate Open Access Week and promote open access publishing in the veterinary sector, Veterinary Record and Veterinary Record Open are offering a 15 per cent discount on article processing charges for any articles submitted before November 20, 2014.

If you’re thinking of submitting a manuscript to Veterinary Record or Veterinary Record Open, consider making it open access. Full details of the offer can be found here.

What made the biggest impact?

27 Mar, 13 | by sarahbrown

Veterinary Record is 125 years old this year!

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To mark the occasion, we have compiled a list of 10 developments that have had a significant impact on or been significantly impacted by the veterinary profession. To find out more and cast your vote, go to our anniversary website and you will also be in with the chance of winning an iPad mini!

Here are our 10 developments – click through to see some of our relevant publications for free.

Eradication of rinderpest

Rinderpest, also known as cattle plague, was the first animal disease to have been eradicated through human effort and, after smallpox, the second disease to be eradicated worldwide.

Developments in anaesthesia and analgesia

From on a wing and a prayer to maximum control, developments in drugs and their administration have improved the welfare of all animals after trauma or undergoing surgery or medical treatment.

UK foot-and-mouth disease outbreak (2001)

Important economic, social and political lessons in disease control were learned during and in the immediate aftermath of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak of 2001.

Diagnostic imaging

The ability to see inside patients without having to perform surgery has had significant implications for the diagnosis and treatment of animals, in practice and the field.

Emergence and control of BSE

Restrictions on animal feed from 1988 onwards did much to control this disease, but the consequences of BSE continue to impact on cattle practice and food safety regulations.

Recognition of One Health

The ‘One Health’ concept is starting to come of age by offering insights into the prevention and control of neglected zoonoses, such as rabies, and opening up new avenues for clinical research.

Specialisation in practice

With the growth of specialist, referral and corporate practices, the level of service provided is being affected and, possibly, the nature of the profession itself.

Introduction of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

The launch of PETS in 2000, marked a significant change in the  UK’s approach to preventing rabies.

Growth of the Internet and e-learning

The internet has meant that anyone, not only vets, can have ready access to animal health information. Social media and the web have also enhanced communication between vets, their colleagues and their clients.

Effective antibiotics and anthelmintics

Antibiotics and anthelmintics have had a huge impact on both human and animal health. More recently, concerns over resistance to these treatments have and will continue to affect the way that products are being used.


What do you think of our 10 influential moments? Do you agree or do you have some suggestions of your own? Post your comments below!

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