RCVS Knowledge welcomes Peter Cockcroft as the new Veterinary Evidence Editor-in-Chief 

Professor Peter Cockcroft has been appointed as new Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Evidence, the open-access peer-reviewed journal published by RCVS Knowledge.

A world-renowned expert in evidence-based veterinary medicine, Peter is currently Professor of Production Animal Medicine and Education at the University of Surrey. He graduated from the University of Cambridge and has a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Diploma in Cattle Health and Production.  

Peter also holds a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh, an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business and is a Member of the Institute for Higher Education Academy. He is a diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management and a European College Veterinary Specialist. Peter has had five veterinary textbooks published including: A Handbook of Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine and A Handbook of Clinical Veterinary Research in addition to a significant number of scientific papers. Peter was previously Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Evidence from 2017 to 2020.

Speaking of his appointment, Peter said: “I am delighted to be taking up the position of Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Evidence. The journal provides an important vehicle for veterinary surgeons and nurses to inform and contribute to the practice of evidence-based veterinary medicine, identifying evidence-based conclusions to important clinical questions and highlighting gaps in the published literature that should inform the direction of new research.”  

Veterinary Evidence provides free access to peer-reviewed critical summaries of the best available evidence, called Knowledge Summaries, which aim to answer a specific and focused clinical question by appraising the best available evidence for a global readership. The journal also supports student and early-career authors, and runs a peer-review mentorship program.

Katie Mantell, Chief Executive Officer, RCVS Knowledge, said: “We are excited about the extensive knowledge of evidence-based veterinary medicine and clinical veterinary research that Peter brings, and we look forward to working with him over this next phase of the journal’s development. I’d also like to express our thanks to the outgoing Editor-in-Chief Dr Kit Sturgess, under whose leadership the journal has flourished over the last three years.” 

Peter takes up the Editor-in-Chief role in April 2024, and will lead the strategic development and editorial quality of the journal, working closely with the Editorial Board and Managing Editor.

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