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AN open symposium on evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM), described by its organisers as the first of its kind in the UK, was held in London on October 30. The event, entitled ‘The Sceptical Vet: Eminence or Evidence?’, was run by the RCVS Charitable Trust and was attended by over 160 delegates, from all areas of the veterinary profession.
The objective of the symposium was to provide a forum in which perspectives on the clinical potential, caveats and implications of EBVM could be voiced. It aimed to define EBVM (its values, standards and ethics) in order to understand how best to integrate its principles into veterinary practice in the future.
Sally Everitt, the BSAVA's scientific policy officer, and Pam Mosedale, joint editor of the BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines, defined the veterinary-specific role of evidence-based medicine (EBM) during the opening session as, ‘The use of best relevant evidence, in conjunction with clinical expertise, to make the best possible decision about a veterinary patient. The circumstances of each patient, and the circumstances and values of the owner/carer must also be considered.’
The importance of developing a veterinary-specific name and role for EBM was reiterated throughout the day, as is reflected in the interactive survey results below.⇓
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