We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hayley Henderson, Chief Editor of BMC Veterinary Research, has accepted the role as the new Director of the International Association of Veterinary Editors (IAVE). Her predecessor, Dr. Mary Christopher held the post for 15 years and has handed the reins over to Hayley who now looks forward to this exciting new challenge. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mary for her outstanding service and contribution to the IAVE.

Hayley sees her new role as an opportunity to encourage a long overdue culture change within the veterinary research community, ultimately improving how veterinary researchers plan, conduct and report their research. Editors of veterinary journals play a large part in driving this change and we look forward to collaborating with IAVE members to fulfill this objective.