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Introducing the editor of Veterinary Record Open

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Vicki Adams writes: As a veterinary surgeon with further training in epidemiology, I applied to join the editorial team for Veterinary Record and its related journals. I thought that this would be a great opportunity to work with Sandy Trees, someone I have long respected. I have been given the most wonderful challenge of starting a new journal from scratch. It is very exciting to be given the chance to consider publishing research without having to make a judgement about novelty or relevance to a journal's specific interest or area of focus.

I have both academic and practical experience in veterinary clinical epidemiology which, by definition, means that I have wide-ranging interests and experience in the conduct and evaluation of research studies. I also have a particular interest in the application and implementation of epidemiological methods within the clinical research setting. I have expertise in the methods of study design, including survey and questionnaire design and data analysis. I have been a peer reviewer and editorial board member for numerous veterinary journals since 1999. I enjoy writing, co-writing and reviewing manuscripts for publication and relish this opportunity to contribute further to the veterinary literature.

We have much work to do in veterinary medicine in order to publish high quality research.

Having been involved in teaching and supervising students in several different university and college faculties, I view my role as to help students learn principles and concepts as well as to think, read and write critically. I believe that this makes for better practitioners and researchers and I hope that I will be able to reach a wider audience through my editorship of this exciting new journal.

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