Aims and scope

Veterinary Record (branded as Vet Record) is the official journal of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and has been published weekly since 1888. It contains news, opinion, letters, scientific reviews and original research papers and communications on a wide range of veterinary topics, along with disease surveillance reports, obituaries, careers information, business and innovation news and summaries of research papers in other journals. It is published on behalf of the BVA by BMJ Group.

All research papers must be submitted through ScholarOne, our online submission and review system.

Veterinary Record welcomes:
Original research papers
Research comment (usually commissioned)
Research review articles (usually commissioned)
Debate articles
Letters to the Editor
Business and innovation news
Papers to summarise in Research Digest
Articles for My View column
What is your client thinking articles
Review of books and other media
Careers focus articles (usually commissioned)

Vet Record will consider rapid review and publication for articles of outstanding interest. Further information is available in the Instructions for Authors

Further information on Vet Record style is available in our Editorial approach and house style section.


BMJ Group publishes Vet Record on behalf of the British Veterinary Association. The BVA grants editorial freedom to the Editor of Vet Record. The views expressed in the journal are those of the authors and may not necessarily comply with BVA policy.

Editorial Board

For information about Vet Record’s editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page

Journal information

Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency 23 issues a year with weekly online updates
Launch date 1888
Digital Archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Expanded; Current Contents: Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences, MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), Google Scholar
Impact Factor 2.442
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print Circulation 13,439
Not including online only or consortia customers
Print ISSN 0042-4900
Online ISSN 2042-7670

Journal statistics (2019)

Acceptance Rate 37%
Time from submission to first decision 38 (median)
Time from acceptance to publication 21 days (median)

Archived content

Full Text and Abstracts: February 2005 – Present

Full Text (PDF Format Only) and Abstracts of Research Content: January 1996 – February 2005

Abstracts Only: January 1975 – December 1995

Tables of Contents Only: April 1950 – December 1974

Contact information

For all contact information please refer to the contact us page.

For authors

Please refer to the Instructions for authors


Rights and permissions

To advertise

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to our FAQ page


COPE logo

The BMJ Publishing Group is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.


The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. BMJ is a sponsor of its activities.

AllTrials logo

BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.