Scientific Writing in Veterinary Medicine

Mary Christopher, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Karen Young, University of Pennsylvania

Both novice and experienced authors will benefit from this workshop. Residents, graduate students, and early-career authors will especially benefit from the hands-on writing experience and emphasis on key steps in organizing and writing a manuscript. Experienced writers will gain practical tools for improving their writing as well as an effective approach to mentoring trainees.


  • Good science and good writing, defining your main message

  • Selecting a journal to optimize audience, quality, and access

  • Organizing and writing a scientific manuscript

  • Writing for the reader: editing yourself for clarity and comprehension

  • Peer review: making it a learning experience and mentoring others

  • Critical review of a manuscript

  • Publication ethics (case studies)