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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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