Currency of information
VetCompanion editorial staff update content on an ongoing basis, to ensure it reflects the most current evidence-based information available. This involves regular review of a variety of resources to identify new and pertinent evidence that may augment or change existing clinical content. When new clinical recommendations are published, such as new guidelines, the information is added or updated as soon as possible, as appropriate. Decisions regarding whether new evidence is sufficient to merit a revision of existing content are made by VetCompanion editorial staff.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of pharmacological information, users are encouraged to reference a reputable veterinary drug formulary as needed to confirm medication doses and obtain detailed information on adverse effects and contraindications.
Industry-sponsored studies and authors
VetCompanion will not cite or include references from sources that are sponsored by commercial enterprises/companies or written by authors who report sponsorship from commercial enterprises/companies, unless there are clearly stated conflict of interest policies in place and described that ensure any such studies, guidelines, or recommendations are not subject to potential biases due to such industry funding or sponsorship.
Absent that, VetCompanion will include studies, guidelines, and recommendations that are published in peer-reviewed journals or that explicitly state that they have been independently peer-reviewed. Such citations will be identified in the evidence section of monographs with the following designation: (IND). This designation will appear after the evidence rating (Level 1, 2, or 3). Such designation does not confirm that industry sponsorship-related bias exists, but indicates that readers should apply their own judgment regarding the potential for any such bias in the provided evidence.
Evidence ratings are based solely on the VetCompanion evidence rating methodology and do not take into account the potential for industry sponsorship-related bias. For more information on industry sponsorship and research outcomes, please review this link from the Cochrane Collaboration.
Conflict of interest
All members of the VetCompanion editorial board sign a conflict of interest form, declaring that they are not currently involved with any commercial interest in the veterinary field, in a compensated role, such as a paid member of an advisory panel. They also agree to immediately notify the VetCompanion editor-in-chief if they plan to take on such a role in the future and to voluntarily step down from the editorial board prior to beginning any such engagement. In signing the form, editorial board members confirm that they have no relevant conflicts of interest to report to the VetCompanion editorial staff.
The Chief Veterinary Medical Officer and Editor-in-Chief review all VetCompanion content, including new monographs and updates. Members of the editorial board are responsible for peer reviewing selected VetCompanion monographs. In addition, a panel of veterinary specialists provides peer review of VetCompanion topics. Finally, content-related comments from VetCompanion users are reviewed, with revisions made as appropriate.