Aims and scope


Veterinary Evidence is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal owned and published by RCVS Knowledge. It publishes content relating to evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) and its application in veterinary practice to enhance the quality of care provided to patients. The journal is aimed at veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, paraprofessionals and allied professions in the international veterinary community.

It is a platform for a wide range of veterinary topics from economics to quality improvement, clinical practice and teaching; anything that may help a clinician in practice. Papers considered are:

  • Knowledge Summaries
  • Research articles
  • Practice-based audit case studies
  • Commentaries
  • Clinical audit
  • Guidelines
  • Systematic reviews
  • Systematic review protocols
  • Case studies
  • Teaching articles  
  • Book reviews

Submissions should benefit veterinary science; e.g. papers on in vivo experimentation on laboratory animals which exclusively benefit human science should not be submitted.

The final decision on publication of a paper rests with the Editorial Board and ultimately with the Editor-in-Chief.

Any submissions not adhering to the journal’s aims and scope will be rejected outright.


Ethical conduct

Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals

All material published in Veterinary Evidence must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare.

Animal ethics-based criteria for manuscript consideration

Manuscripts will be considered for publication only if the work detailed therein:

  1. Follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for humane animal treatment and welfare, and complies with relevant legislation;
  2. Where ethical review is expected, has been approved by an internal or external ethics review committee;
  3. For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care and involves informed client consent

Prior to acceptance of a manuscript, to verify compliance with the above policies, the authors must:

  1. Confirm in writing that legal and ethical requirements have been met with regards to the humane treatment of animals described in the study;
  2. Specify in Materials and Methods the ethical review committee approval process and the international, national, and/or institutional guidelines followed.

Animal ethics-based criteria for manuscript rejection

  1. Manuscripts and authors that fail to meet the aforementioned requirements;
  2. Studies that involve unnecessary pain, distress, suffering, or lasting harm to animals;
  3. The Editor retains the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of ethical, public health or welfare concerns

Book reviews

If you are interested in writing a Book Review for Veterinary Evidence then please email the Managing Editor with the title of your book along with a description of your background and experience in relation to the book’s subject area. Reviewers will then be provided with a submission template and more information. 


Letters to the Editor


Letters to the Editor should not exceed 500 words, have no more than 5 references, and have a maximum of 3 authors.

Letters should be on published articles or on the author’s response.

Letters should be succinct, objective, constructive and courteous.

Submit your letter to the Managing Editor


The Editor-in-chief will read and send all letters to the author for their response. Letters and responses are published at the same time.

Submitters will not receive the author’s response before publication, and can respond only by submitting a further letter.

Letters will not be censored but they may be edited by the in-house editorial team to ensure clarity or grammatical correctness.

Veterinary Evidence encourages balanced and respectful debate and will not be a forum for individual grievances. 


All letters are read by the Editor-in-chief and may be sent to independent referees. If the letter is deemed inaccurate or misleading then it will be returned to the submitter. Submitters will either be given the opportunity to revise their letter, or the Editor-in-Chief will decide that the matter is closed.


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