Veterinary Technician’s Role in Evidence-Based Practice

Erik Fausak, MA, MS

Instructor, Bel-rea Institute of Animal Technology; Online Veterinary Athenaeum

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Practicing Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM) is difficult to be done by any individual. EBVM, like all of medicine, should be a team approach. Veterinary Technicians can play a role in being able to retrieve, evaluate, and prioritize the evidence to reduce the time for the veterinarian to acquire the research. Strategies that the veterinary technician can employ to help themselves and the veterinarian will be discussed. A team approach to EBVM can answer a wide range of clinical questions from the technician’s own aspect of nursing care to assisting the veterinarian in finding reliable evidence to help support clinical decision-making. Aspects that will be examined:

  1. Technician’s as research leads for finding evidence
  2. Utilizing tools for evidence evaluation
  3. Discussion of a novel system to prioritize research from highest quality to least quality.


evidence hierarchy, veterinary technician, veterinary nurse, evidence-based practice, clinical research

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