Vets and doctors to join forces

23 March 2009

BMJ Group will start publishing two leading veterinary medicine titles from May this year, it was announced today.

The weekly Veterinary Record and In Practice, which issues 10 times a year, are currently published by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for its 11,000 plus members and subscribers.

From May, the two titles will be published under BMJ Group's Affinity Brand, which now has several journals in its portfolio. Affinity provides publishing services from business development, through editorial support, to sales and marketing, to a wide range of professional societies.

The move marks the first time that doctors and vets have joined forces in this kind of venture.

As part of the arrangement, which runs for an initial period of five years, the BVA's entire complement of 11 editorial staff will become BMJ Group employees.

Commenting on the move, publishing director of BMJ Journals Peter Ashman said "We are delighted that the BVA has chosen BMJ Group as their partner to develop their publishing programme. The BVA has two excellent publications, and the weekly Veterinary Record is one of the most influential titles in the world of veterinary medicine."

BVA Secretary General Henrietta Alderman added "The BVA believes that outsourcing the production of BVA publications to the BMJ Group, with its infrastructure, expertise and technology, will guarantee the viability of our journals. This is an exciting investment in our journals and will ensure their ongoing growth and reputation within the profession and the wider world."

Mr Ashman continued "There are many synergies between our two organisations: doctors and veterinary surgeons face many of the same clinical and practice management challenges and opportunities. Both the BMA and BVA provide a high quality weekly journal to Association members. Consequently, as the publishing arm of the BMA, BMJ Group is extremely well placed to handle the BVA journals. We look forward to working with the BVA and to continuing to improve the quality and profitability of their publications."

The Editor of The Veterinary Record and In Practice , Martin Alder (pictured), commented "This move should allow the two titles to continue to develop in print and online to the benefit of readers and contributors."

Notes to editors

1. The British Veterinary Association is the national representative body for the veterinary profession with over 11,000 members. In promoting and supporting the interest of its members, and the animals under their care, the BVA is committed to developing and maintaining channels of communication not least with government, parliamentarians and the media. The BVA's principal objectives include the promotion and advancement of veterinary science; the collection and dissemination of news and information; and the publication of material relating to veterinary science.

2. BMJ Group is one of the world's leading providers of trusted medical information for healthcare professionals and patients. BMJ Group publishes BMJ (British Medical Journal) and over 25 specialist journals. It also publishes several specialist titles under its Affinity brand, which offer publishing services to professional medical organisations.The BMJ EvidenceCentre publishes Clinical Evidence, Best Health (formerly Best Treatments), Evidence Updates and commissioned evidence reviews. It also provides point of care and reference tools to health care professionals.Through BMJ Learning the Group delivers continuing professional development online modules and exam revision materials, as well as events and workshops for the healthcare profession. BMJ Group is owned by The British Medical Association. It is editorially independent and the articles and content it publishes do not necessarily reflect BMA policy.

3. BVA Press Office contacts

4. BMJ Group Press Office: Emma Dickinson, tel +44 (0)20 7383 6529, email edickinson@bmj.com

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