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Veterinary Pathology: Announcing “Diagnostic Challenge in Veterinary Pathology”.   

Dear colleagues,

Over the years many of us have enjoyed “Diagnostic Exercises” in the journal Veterinary Pathology, designed to inform readers about conditions not often encountered by veterinary pathologists in the diagnostic routine or to visit topics that were not well-documented in the veterinary literature. We are excited to revitalize this column.

The goal of “Diagnostic Challenge in Veterinary Pathology” (DCVP) is to provide continuing education to readers by presenting the diagnostic process for one or more cases of a particular disease. Reports may include single cases, multiple cases, or herd problems. Cases must involve veterinary pathology and may also include information relevant to other disciplines. It is important to understand that the aim of the DCVP is not to cloak a case report. Submissions for DCVP do not need to contain novel information, and diseases frequently encountered in the veterinary pathology diagnostic routine are encouraged. Although authors may focus on the evaluation and interpretation of clinical signs and pathologic changes in a particular case or situation, submissions emphasizing a discussion of the differential diagnoses and critical approaches to a final diagnosis, including the role of laboratory testing and further clinical investigation, will be given more thorough consideration. Inconclusive cases in which only differential diagnoses could be achieved may be considered if exceptionally well-crafted and informative. However, it is expected that most suitable reports will include a solid final diagnosis.

Submissions first will be considered by the editors. Those meeting the above criteria will be peer-reviewed as for other manuscripts.

Please see the Instructions to Authors (https://journals.sagepub.com/author-instructions/VET : manuscript submission guidelines) for details on preparing and submitting a Diagnostic Challenge in Veterinary Pathology.

Charles W. Bradley          Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Dan R. Rissi                     Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Department of Pathology, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA.

Jeff L. Caswell,                 University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada