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Veterinary Record is launching a new award to recognise practical contributions to the development of evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM).
The Veterinary Record Evidence Award aims to recognise those who have contributed to the development of EBVM or its application in practice. Nominations are welcomed from those in practice, academia or industry. Nominations can cover any area where EBVM techniques are used; they could cover, for example, promoting the concept of EBVM, developing new approaches to data collection and analysis, or applying the principles of EBVM in day-to-day practice.
The Veterinary Record Innovation Award will also be awarded this year, having been introduced in 2015. This award is open to individuals and veterinary teams whose innovation has brought about a change or improvement in any aspect of veterinary practice. This change might relate to a particular aspect of clinical practice or have had a broader impact on veterinary activity.
We welcome a broad range of nominations, which might include, for example, a clinical innovation in medicine or surgery, work that has influenced policymakers, a campaign to improve animal health and welfare, a practice educating owners on responsible ownership, or something that has changed how the business of veterinary practice is conducted. Last year's award attracted a number of high calibre entries, and last year's entrants are invited to enter again this year.
For both awards, nominations can be made on behalf of a candidate but self-nominations will also be considered. Nominations should be between 500 and 800 words, and evidence to substantiate the nomination should be included. In addition, video nominations can also be included.
Nominations for the evidence award should describe what was done, how EBVM techniques were used and what the outcome was in practical terms. Nominations will score well if they can demonstrate the use of both individual clinical expertise and the best external evidence.
Nominations for the innovation award should explain what the innovation is, what the impact has been and why it should be considered for the award.
Entries should be entitled either ‘Veterinary Record Evidence Award’ or ‘Veterinary Record Innovation Award’ and e-mailed to. The closing date for nominations is July 15, 2016.
The awards will be presented at the BVA Members' Day in Bristol on September 22. The awards ceremony will also include the presentation of the Veterinary Record Impact Award (formerly the William Hunting Award; VR, November 23, 2013, vol 173, pp 497-498), which recognises the research paper published in Veterinary Record in the previous year that is considered to have had the most significant practical impact.