When asked about the barriers to implementing EVM in veterinary practice, respondents to an RCVS Charitable Trust survey claimed there was a lack of high-quality research available to them. Is this also your experience?

Responses to the RCVS Charitable Trust’s survey on the use of evidence-based medicine (EVM) suggest a lack of available, high-quality research could be a factor in its implementation in veterinary practice.
RCVS Charitable Trust logoAccording to the trust, 70% of respondents said they were familiar with the concepts of EVM, but only 36% said that they always used EVM principles or that EVM principles were deeply embedded within their practices.

When asked about the barriers to implementing EVM, many vets commented that there was a lack of high-quality research available to them.
Trust director Cherry Bushell said: “This survey was relatively small as our intention is for it to help spark discussion at our forthcoming symposium ‘The Sceptical Vet: Eminence or Evidence? Finding the best way forward for the veterinary profession’.

RCVS Charitable Trust director Cherry Bushell.“We want to consider the possibility of developing a range of evidence-based resources for the veterinary profession, so it’s interesting to hear vets commenting about the lack of an available, high-quality evidence base.”
All 70 responses to the trust’s survey were entered into a prize draw for a chance to have their travel expenses to the event reimbursed. The lucky winner has been announced as veterinary surgeon Ariel Brunn from Vets Now in Maidenhead.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to this symposium and the discussion that will come with it – along with clinical governance, evidence-based practice provides a means to offer the best care for our veterinary patients.

“Having been a practising vet for less than five years, I’m excited to learn more about how EVM can be incorporated into veterinary practice.”

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