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Contributing to Veterinary Knowledge

University education in veterinary science has been available in Australia for the last 130 years. In spite of the fact that nearly 90% of veterinarians are employed in private general practice, they are seldom found to author veterinary literature. Practitioners predominate in Australia and are often the first to encounter a new animal disease, yet […]

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John Maxwell

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University education in veterinary science has been available in Australia for the last 130 years. In spite of the fact that nearly 90% of veterinarians are employed in private general practice, they are seldom found to author veterinary literature. Practitioners predominate in Australia and are often the first to encounter a new animal disease, yet they seldom contribute to veterinary knowledge by publishing articles. Academics, government veterinary officers and specialists overwhelmingly dominate when it comes to publishing articles. Here, Dr John Maxwell, a rural practitioner, asks the question, “Why is veterinary literature produced – almost exclusively – by non-practitioners?” He does this be examining his own career as a rural practitioner, during which he has published over 50 articles against considerable resistance from those who administer veterinary literature in Australia. As a country veterinarian, John Maxwell has seen it all and here in this book, details his experiences in having scientific articles published and thus contributing to veterinary knowledge.