HOW can practitioners make a greater contribution to clinical research? How can research findings be transferred more effectively into practice? And how can practitioners improve their research understanding to support current demands for clinical audit and evidence-based veterinary medicine? These were just some of the questions posed at a day-long seminar held at the RCVS headquarters in London on September 20. The key aim of the seminar, entitled ‘Research into practice … practice into research … ’, was to explore, in both directions, the boundary between clinical research and veterinary practice. It was hoped that the issues and ideas that arose during the day could be incorporated into an action plan, drawn up by the RCVS through its research committee, to facilitate more practitioner involvement in research.