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Grant for an online resource to support evidence-based veterinary medicine

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AN international consortium has been awarded a grant by RCVS Knowledge to develop a free online evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) resource for practitioners.

The resource will aim to help veterinary professionals worldwide learn more about the specific skills needed to make evidence-based decisions. It will comprise an open access series of reusable learning tools presented as a web-based tutorial. The tutorial will have a number of modules covering the fundamental concepts of EBVM, such as finding evidence, creating patient questions, evaluating evidence, critically appraising the literature and designing knowledge summaries with clinical ‘bottom lines’ for clinicians.

There will also be brief tasks to allow users to apply and test their knowledge; for example, by answering multiple choice questions, identifying appropriate clinical questions and designing search strategies to answer those questions.

The project, which has received funding from RCVS Knowledge under its Target Grants 2 funding stream, will be led by Kristen Reyher, from the University of Bristol, and Rachel Dean and Marnie Brennan, from the University of Nottingham. Other members of the team will come from the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool, and the Royal Veterinary College, as well as the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest, the University of Berlin, the University of Georgia, the University of Guelph and the University of Prince Edward Island.

Dr Reyher commented: ‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity to lead on such a worthwhile project in an emerging field that has already proved essential to our profession. Our approach will increase the opportunities for students and members of the profession to engage in this exciting field, and will offer the flexibility to be reused not only in independent learning, but also in a variety of teaching and learning scenarios across the sector.

‘As a global group, we are passionate about being involved in larger, long-term projects to push EBVM further into the consciousness of the profession, and believe this project moves us one step closer by bringing together key stakeholders and building an excellent fit-for-purpose resource.’

The resource will be available as a standalone tutorial for independent learning, but will also have the flexibility for institutions to reuse and repurpose individual parts of it to meet their own training needs. It will be presented at RCVS Knowledge's EBVM skills day, to be held in London on October 30.

■ RCVS Knowledge has employed Laura Jackisch to help coordinate its network of ‘knowledge groups’. A knowledge group is a partnership between members of RCVS Knowledge's EBVM network on a specific area of veterinary care. The primary aim of a group is to create knowledge summaries (critically appraised topics), and to prioritise and develop evidence-based resources and research projects within its chosen area. The charity reports that it has received 360 sign ups for 46 existing knowledge groups and that Ms Jackisch will help the groups to collaborate on particular areas of veterinary care, identify gaps in knowledge, read and review evidence and summarise that evidence into knowledge summaries.

Anyone wishing to learn more about knowledge groups can e-mail Ms Jackisch at laura{at}

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