About Veterinary Prescriber

How We Produce The Information

Veterinary Prescriber was founded in 2012 by Andrea Tarr, a pharmacist with a long career in independent medicines information, who recognised the need for impartial, evidence-based, comparative and practical information to support veterinary practitioners in the rational treatment of animals. 

Veterinary Prescriber is published by a small independent company, Mixolydian Publications Limited. It accepts no sponsorship or advertising, is free to discuss all medicines and to be critical of evidence and promotion. 

  • We develop a module outline that identifies the questions that need answering.

  • We search for relevant published information, using PubMed and CAB abstracts.

  • We commission a topic specialist (the collaborating author) to write the text based on the outline.

  • The draft is circulated to a wide range of reviewers, including other topic specialists, general practice vets and pharmaceutical companies. The role of commentators is to:

    • raise points about interpretation of evidence

    • raise questions important to practitioners

    • give personal insights from having used treatments.

  • Draft modules are edited by Veterinary Prescriber editors, who are skilled in critical appraisal. We aim to make a clear distinction between evidence and opinion and our modules are fully referenced. We only refer to published sources as this allows anyone to examine the evidence for themselves.

  • Finally, the modules undergo rigorous checks. Modules are written in a simple succinct style and are also recorded and available as podcasts.