The Centre for Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine: Four Years On!

Rachel Dean, BVMS, PhD, DSAM (Fel), MRCVS1 & Marnie Brennan, BSc (VB), BVMS, PhD

Centre for Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

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The Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM) was established at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham in 2009. The CEVM is now a team of 15 veterinary and non-veterinary researchers dedicated to promoting the awareness and use of the EVM principles in veterinary practice. Since it started the CEVM has identified aspects of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) that can be adapted for the veterinary profession to help practitioners integrate evidence into their clinical decision-making. The CEVM uses both qualitative and quantitative methods and works directly with the profession at every available opportunity.

The CEVM has four core areas: Population Research, Evidence Synthesis, Practice-based Research and Education/Information Exchange. The population research involves both animals and their carers/owners as well as veterinary surgeons themselves and includes the only shelter medicine research programme in the United Kingdom. The CEVM has created resources such as Best BETs for Vets and VetSRev ( as part of the evidence synthesis work. They are both freely available to practising veterinary surgeons and updated on a monthly basis. Our practice-based research has involved working closely with first opinion veterinary practices on research projects to help us prioritise the evidence needs of practices. An international EVM survey of the veterinary profession was also undertaken and the results are being assimilated. Education and information exchange is vital to the work of the CEVM and has involved teaching veterinary undergraduates as well as practitioners and has enabled us to work towards developing the most appropriate methods to best deliver evidence to practice.

The aim of this presentation is to highlight the development and outputs of the CEVM since EBVMA 2010 and highlight the challenges and successes of the CEVM to date.

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