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.