The Global Resource for Online Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Learning

Kristen Reyher, BSc, DVM, PhD, MRCVS1, Emma Crowther, Rachel Dean, Sarah Baillie, Sebastian Arlt, Marnie Brennan, David Brodbelt, Fiona Brown, Douglas Grindlay, Ian Handel, Mark Holmes, Catherine McGowan, Timothy Parkin, Emma Place, Gwen Rees, Darren Shaw, Javier Sanchez, Laura Urdes, John Vanleeuwen, Kristien Verheyen and Sheena Warman

[1] Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Science, University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences

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Abstract

Evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) can be defined as the use of the best and most relevant available scientific evidence in conjunction with clinical expertise to make the best possible decision about a veterinary patient, while considering the circumstances of each patient and its owners/carers.

To help direct the uptake of EBVM in the veterinary consciousness, we have assembled an extensive international team with a collective passion for delivering high-quality teaching of EBVM. The team is currently working together to develop an open access series of online, re-usable learning objects presented as a coherent web tutorial designed to introduce learners to the key concepts of EBVM.

The resource is organised into modules addressing the five key areas of EBVM:

  1. Ask – how to formulate answerable questions
  2. Acquire – how to obtain relevant information
  3. Appraise – how to evaluate the available evidence
  4. Apply – how to apply the evidence to clinical practise
  5. Assess – how to measure the effect of implemented changes

The purpose of this online resource is to introduce EBVM to learners, hence it will be appropriate for students and practitioners for self-study; it is also envisaged that the resource will be used in whole or in part as standalone teaching modules to support other EBVM teaching. The resource utilises best pedagogical approaches, and includes formative multiple choice questions, short tasks and recommendations for further study. Development of the resource has followed an iterative cycle of development which includes review by both the core team as well as other identified stakeholders (e.g. students, practitioners, industry representatives).

It is hoped that the development of this resource will increase awareness of EBVM in the veterinary profession, and allow practitioners the opportunity to develop the skills needed to utilise EBVM in everyday clinical practice. It is expected that the resource will be launched at the RCVS Knowledge EBVM Skills Day on October 30th, 2015, in London, England. Future aims of the project team include designing methods of cataloguing and disseminating evidence syntheses to support clinical decision making and evidence-based veterinary practice as well as building a community of practice in this area.

The project team would like to acknowledge RCVS Knowledge for funding the development of the online EBVM resource.

Keywords

EBVM teaching, online resource, open access

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