Evidence-based Medicine: An Ethical Imperative


David Ramey, DVM Equine Medicine Practitioner; Contributor, Science-based Medicine Blog; Author Abstract Ethical treatment of animals is more than merely a matter of causing no harm and pleasing the client. A veterinarian has a moral and ethical obligation to provide treatment for which there is good evidence of effectiveness. Indeed, society desires and expects that […]

Why use scientific literature in clinical decision making?


Robert Larson, DVM, PhD, DACT, DACVPM (Epidemiology), DACAN Professor, Production Medicine; Edgar E. and M. Elizabeth Coleman Chair Food Animal Production Medicine; Executive Director, Veterinary Medical Continuing Education; College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University Proceedings Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF) Screencast (video)     Abstract The human mind is pretty good at properly linking cause-and-effect […]

Research Data Publication Policies in Veterinary Medicine


Erin E. Kerby, MS Veterinary Medicine Librarian; Assistant Professor, University Library, Veterinary Medicine Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Proceedings Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF) Screencast (video) Abstract Many professionals working in the field of veterinary medicine have recognized the need to improve the quality and reliability of published research, but little progress has been made […]

Evidence-based Nursing Practices: The Veterinary Technician’s Perspective


Kenichiro Yagi, BS, MS1 and David Liss, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), CVPM2 [1] PetEd Veterinary Education and Training Resources; ICU Supervisor, Blood Bank Manager, Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, California, United States [2] Program Director- Veterinary Technology at Platt College, South Pasadena, California, United States Proceedings Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF) Screencast (video) Abstract The […]

The use of clinical audit in farm animal veterinary practice


Katie Waine1*; Chris Hudson1; Rachel Dean, BVMS PhD DSAM (Fel) MRCVS1; Jon Huxley1 and Marnie Brennan, BSc (VB), BVMS, PhD1 [1] School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, United Kingdom * Symposium speaker Proceedings Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF) Screencast (video)     Abstract Clinical […]

A systematic review and meta-analyses of commercially available viral and bacterial vaccines for bovine respiratory disease complex: Realizing gaps in recommendations from existing immunization guidelines


Dr. Theurer discusses the outcomes of a systematic review and meta-analysis of vaccines for bovine respiratory disease complex as an example of the challenges in the design, execution and publication of systematic reviews in veterinary medicine.

Interpreting the results of scientific studies (it’s not black and white)*


Critically thinking about a clinical problem involves repeating the steps of gathering information, evaluating that information, reflecting on the information and coming to tentative conclusions. Because no single study can fully address most clinical questions and because every study has limitations either in internal and/or external validity, using scientific studies to enhance clinical decision-making requires combining different pieces of evidence of varying strengths. While gaining competence in each step of the critical thinking process requires education, skill, and experience, probably the most difficult to master is to reflect deeply about what is known and what is unknown and how to tie multiple pieces of information and evidence together.

Small animal consultations: What is the role of the clinical examination?


Natalie Robinson1*; Marnie Brennan, BSc (VB), BVMS, PhD1; Malcolm Cobb1 and Rachel Dean, BVMS PhD DSAM (Fel) MRCVS1 [1] School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, United Kingdom * Symposium speaker Proceedings Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF) Screencast (video) Abstract Detecting disease before the onset […]

A web-enabled database of evidence tables from USP monographs*


he United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) monographs contain Evidence Tables that summarize all items of the literature pertaining to contentious label and extra label use of drugs for species-specific indications in clinical veterinary practice. These have now been digitized with support from an EBVMA grant and are available through a web-enabled database. The objective of this presentation is to introduce the methods of making evidence assertions for the clinical indication and use of these drugs, to introduce this database to the evidence-based veterinary medicine community, and encourage participants to become involved in updating and expanding this online resource.