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Detection dogs sniff out COVID-19

BMC Veterinary Research Section Editor, Prof Holger Volk and his team at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, identify in a pilot RCT that trained detection dogs can discriminate between samples from SARS-CoV-2 infected humans and control samples.

ARRIVE 2.0 guidelines

We encourage our authors to adhere to appropriate reporting standards when planning, conducting and writing about their research. Therefore, it's important to note that the ARRIVE guidelines have recently been updated to help facilitate their use in practice. The new ARRIVE 2.0 guidelines can be found here. 

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Join the editorial board

We are currently recruiting Associate Editors to join our international team of academic editors. Please find more information, including how to apply, here.

August focus issue - equine research

New Content ItemImmune response of horses to inactivated African horse sickness vaccines

New Content ItemEx vivo comparison of sliding knot ligatures vs. haemostatic clips for equine small intestinal mesenteric vessel occlusion

New Content ItemCul o 2 specific IgG3/5 antibodies predicted Culicoides hypersensitivity in a group imported Icelandic horses

New Content ItemDevelopment of a computer-based quantification method for immunohistochemically-stained tissues and its application to study mast cells in equine wound healing

New Content ItemBidirectional knotless barbed versus conventional smooth suture for closure of surgical wounds in inguinal castration in horses

Call for papers

Call for Papers: New Section Launches

We are pleased to announce the launch of two new journal sections in BMC Veterinary Research

- Animal ethics, policy and research integrity

- Zoological and wildlife medicine


Latest Collections and Guidelines

Veterinary antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use

Critically Appraised Topics on Adverse Food Reactions

Autoimmune and Immune-mediated Skin Diseases of Animals

International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force Consensus Reports

International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals (ICADA) Consenus and Guideline Papers

COHA: CTSA One Health Alliance

Aims and scope

BMC Veterinary Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of veterinary science and medicine, including the epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of medical conditions of domestic, companion, farm and wild animals, as well as the biomedical processes that underlie their health. 

Journal sections

Animal ethics and welfare

Animal ethics, policy and research integrity

Epidemiology and public health 

Epidemiology and modelling

Veterinary clinical services

Anesthesiology and pain management

Animal behavior and psychology



Gastroenterology, nutrition and metabolism

(ENT) Head and neck disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders and orthopaedics

Nephrology and urology

Neurology and neuroscience



Pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics

Pulmonology and respiratory disorders 

Soft tissue surgery


Veterinary education and training

Veterinary education

Genetics, cell biology and clinical pathology

Animal genetics

Cell biology and stem cell research

Clinical pathology, physiology and immunology

Microbiology and parasitology

Bacteriology and mycology



Zoological medicine

Zoological and wildlife medicine


Author support and information


Over 500 institutions have partnered with us to help authors maximize their research funding. Researchers affiliated with these member institutions may receive a discount on article processing charges (APCs). Check to see if your institution is a member and learn how you could benefit from APC savings when publishing with us.

Reporting guidelines for authors

The Meridian Network is home to a collection of reporting guidelines and checklists for research that involve animals. The checklists are intended as an aid for authors to clearly, completely and transparently let reviewers and readers know what they did and found. We encourage our authors to adhere to these standards.

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COVID-19 Announcement

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time. Thank you.

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