A former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees of RCVS Knowledge, the college’s independent charity.

Jacqui Molyneux, who is a director of Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in County Durham, takes over from Jill Nute, who had been chairman for four years.

RCVS Knowledge aims to become a global intermediary for evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) by providing access to information of immediate value to practising veterinary professionals and Mrs Molyneux, a member of its board of trustees for three years, is a strong advocate of the EBVM focus.

She said her goal as chairman for the next three years would be to get practitioners engaged in EBVM.

She said: “I think it’s absolutely key to get the practitioners, who are excited by the idea of EBVM, involved – doing primary research, or literature searches, or putting together Knowledge summaries.

“We need practitioners to come on board, because if 200 practitioners do a little bit, that’s a huge amount of extra knowledge. I truly believe there are hundreds of practitioners out there who want to be involved, we just need to excite their interest and give them a way forward.”

Outgoing chairman Mrs Nute thanked the staff at RCVS Knowledge, saying they had been a “great team to work with.”

She said Nick Royle, who was made executive director last year, had been a “breath of fresh air” for the organisation.

“It has been a very exciting time, one that makes RCVS Knowledge relevant to the next generation through its focus on EBVM and on making the library and information service the home of the profession,” she said.

Mr Royle’s appointment came after the charity agreed a new strategy to develop an evidence-based resource for the veterinary profession. He was previously chief executive of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international health care charity and leader in evidence-based human medicine.

Mr Royle thanked Mrs Nute on behalf of the trustees and staff. “Jill has navigated us through the past few years of real change, for which we are hugely grateful,” he said.

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