Section Editors

  • Wolfgang Baeumer, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Patrick Boerlin, University of Guelph
  • Patrick Butaye, Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre
  • Jose J Ceron, University of Murcia
  • Manfred Kietzmann, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
  • Peter Leegwater, Utrecht University
  • Cheryl London, The Ohio State University
  • Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln
  • Laura Rinaldi, University of Naples Federico II
  • Hans-Hermann Thulke, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
  • Holger A Volk, Royal Veterinary College
  • Alun Williams, The Royal Veterinary College
  • Diana JL Williams, University of Liverpool

Executive Editor

  • Hayley Henderson, BioMed Central


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    Damage to equine teeth using grinding systems

    The risk of permanent tooth damage when using motorized grinding systems during corrective equine dental work must be taken into consideration, with factors such as disc rotational speed affecting the minimum time for an intra-pulp temperature rise of 5.5°C.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:47
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    Detecting Mycoplasma bovis

    A novel direct competitive ELISA serological diagnosis method has demonstrated that it is capable of identifying all strains of Mycoplasma bovis, presenting an improved and more reliable method for the detection of this pathogen.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:42
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    Potential vector of Fascioloides magna

    The snail Radix labiata, plays host for the pathogenic fluke Fascioloides magna under natural conditions; and infection also observed in Highland bulls suggests that F. magna may be transmitted from wildlife to livestock, representing a risk to farmers.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:41
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    Improvements in bone repair using cell-loaded allografts

    Using a sheep model, large diaphyseal defects can be effectively treated using allografts cellularized with allografts of osteoprogenitor cells, demonstrating greater clinical outcomes including accelerated bone formation, incorporation and remodeling of the graft.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:36
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    FGM concentrations linked to stress in horses

    Preliminary data describes the value of faecal glucocorticoid metabolite (FGM) monitoring as a minimally invasive method to monitor stress when investigating equine herpesvirus reactivation, or other events proposed to be a result of medium to long-term stress, in horse populations.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:25
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    Poor awareness of reporting standards in vet journals

    In an online survey of veterinary Editors-in-Chief, only half of respondents had previous knowledge of reporting guidelines, with approximately two-thirds of respondents acknowledging that reporting guidelines need to be adopted by all refereed veterinary journals.


    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:10
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    Red squirrels under threat from human activity

    Post-mortem examinations on UK based red squirrels reveals a growing threat to this species due to a number of conditions including human related causes, such as road traffic accidents, attacks by pets and pest control measures, in addition to previously unrecognised diseases.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2013, 9:229
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    Differentiating potential of ovine lung progenitors

    Bronchioloalveolar progenitor cells, purified and enriched from the lungs of lambs, have dual differentiation potential in addition to expressing specialised genes and may represent new tools to study regeneration or new therapeutic targets.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2013, 9:224

Featured case reports

Management of a congenital TEF in a young dog

Management of a congenital TEF in a young dog

Contrast material swallow (CS) study using fluoroscopy was the most reliable diagnostic method for the management of a canine congenital tracheosophageal fistula (TEF), unlike bronchoscopy which may allow the fistula to be visualized, but can lead to a false negative result.

BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:16
Detecting electrocution in birds of prey

Detecting electrocution in birds of prey

Infrared thermography imaging may be effective for the objective and early detection of electrocuted birds, proving beneficial for examining live animals that require no amputation or cannot be subjected to invasive histopathology.

BMC Veterinary Research 2013, 9:149

Featured review

Creating an equine athlete

Creating an equine athlete

Sebastian McBride and Daniel Mills review the physiological and psychological factors including behavioural modifications that can improve the ability of the performance horse, however, further research is still required to continue improvement of the equine athlete.

BMC Veterinary Research 2012, 8:180

Research in motion

Three-dimensional anatomy of equine incisors

Schrock et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2013, 9:249

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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.

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Section Editor's profile

Patrick Boerlin is currently associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, Canada.

Dr Boerlin's research activities focus on the molecular epidemiology of bacterial pathogens of animals and of zoonotic agents. In recent years his research focus has been mainly on E. coli and Salmonella from animals, humans, and the environment, but also on some specific Gram-positive pathogens of animals such as Clostridium perfringens and Enterococcus cecorum. A particular emphasis in his laboratory's activities is on antimicrobial resistance and its transfer between bacteria of different origins and ecological compartments.

“Few veterinary journals are freely available to the animal health professions. This essentially limits first hand access to peer-reviewed scientific information in this field to the few who can enjoy costly institutional subscriptions. With its high impact factor in the field of veterinary science, its broad scope, and high quality standards, BMC Veterinary Research is well posed to help fill this gap, and to become a leading journal and important open source of information for people in animal health professions in general. It is also our hope, that, through its open access platform, BMC Veterinary Research can help make the specialized knowledge of veterinary research more widely available to the scientific community at large, thus anchoring it better in the global context of health and biological sciences in general.”

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