Veterinary Record

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Veterinary Record  
Veterinary Rec Imagery.gif
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Vet. Rec.
Discipline Veterinary medicine
Language English
Edited by Martin Alder
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Weekly
ISSN 0042-4900
LCCN sv89073252
OCLC no. 1769072

Veterinary Record is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of veterinary medicine. It is mainly distributed to members of the British Veterinary Association as part of their membership. It was established in 1888.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Veterinary Record was launched in July 1888 by William Hunting. Hunting is said to have started the journal with loans of £50 from another London veterinary surgeon, T. A. Dollar, which he never repaid, and £20 from Dollar's son, J.A W. Dollar. Although The Veterinarian, founded 1828, and The Veterinary Journal, founded 1844, were well established and covered some of the same ground as Hunting's new journal, the fact that Veterinary Record was published every week and carried verbatim reports of council and local association meetings gave it an immediacy that the other publications could not match.[2]

Since July 2009, Veterinary Record has been published by the BMJ Group with British Veterinary Association as part of the Group's Affinity and society publishing programme.[3]

Indexing and citations[edit]

Veterinary Record is indexed by Medline.[4] According to the 2009 Journal Citation Reports, the journal's impact factor is 1.50 ranking it 30th out of 135 journals in the category Veterinary Science.[5] The five journals that as of 2008 have cited the Veterinary Record most often (in order of descending citation frequency) are the Veterinary Record, The Veterinary Journal, Veterinary Parisitology, Veterinary Microbiology, and Preventive Veterinary Medicine.[5] As of 2008, the five journals that have been cited most frequently by articles published in the Veterinary Record are the Veterinary Record, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Microbiology, Equine Veterinary Journal, and the American Journal of Veterinary Research.[5]

Article categories[edit]

The journal publishes articles in the following categories

  • News
  • Comment
  • Letters
  • Clinical Research Papers
  • Career advice

Most cited articles[edit]

According to the Web of Science, the following three articles have been cited most often:[5]

  1. Benestad SL, Sarradin P, Thu B, Schönheit J, Tranulis MA, Bratberg B (August 2003). "Cases of scrapie with unusual features in Norway and designation of a new type, Nor98". Veterinary Record. 153 (7): 202–8. doi:10.1136/vr.153.7.202. PMID 12956297. 
  2. Gibbens JC, Sharpe CE, Wilesmith JW, Mansley LM, Michalopoulou E, Ryan JB, Hudson M (December 2001). "Descriptive epidemiology of the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease epidemic in Great Britain: the first five months". Veterinary Record. 149 (24): 729–43. doi:10.1136/vr.149.24.729. PMID 11808655. 
  3. Whay HR, Main DC, Green LE, Webster AJ (August 2003). "Assessment of the welfare of dairy cattle using animal-based measurements: direct observations and investigation of farm records". Veterinary Record. 153 (7): 197–202. doi:10.1136/vr.153.7.197. PMID 12956296. 

Brunus edwardii joke[edit]

The April 1972 issue of the Veterinary Record included a paper on the diseases of Brunus edwardii: a description of lost limbs and thinning hair suffered by an animal whose Latin name means "brown" and "Edward". The paper was accompanied by sketches of a teddy bear resembling Winnie the Pooh.[6][7]


  1. ^ "The Veterinary Record -- About The Veterinary Record". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  2. ^ Edward Boden. "Practice and Politics: the British Veterinary Association 1881 – 1919" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  3. ^ "New from the BMJ Group" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Animal Health Library - Veterinary Journals Indexed in MEDLINE". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Web of Science". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  6. ^ "The April fool's day database". Brunus edwardii (1972). 1972. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Blackmore, DK; DG Owen; CM Young (1972). "Some observations on the diseases of Brunus edwardii (Species nova)". Veterinary Record. 90: 382–385. doi:10.1136/vr.90.14.382. Retrieved 27 March 2010.