The RCVS Charitable Trust has hired a new executive director as it attempts to become a leading advocate for evidence-based veterinary medicine, and in doing so, creating a Cochrane Collaboration-style resource for the vet profession.
The charitable trust of the RCVS has hired a new executive director as it attempts to become a leading advocate for evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM).
At a meeting yesterday (March 6, 2013), the trust’s board agreed a new strategy, which will put at its heart development of an EBVM resource for the veterinary profession, both in the UK and globally.
The trust aims to develop a resource based on the principles of The Cochrane Collaboration for human medicine. Cochrane – an international consortium of scientific and medical experts which conducts systematic data reviews of medical evidence – is used as a key reference for health care providers, policymakers and patients. Once reviews are completed, they are peer reviewed and then deposited in the Cochrane Library, an accessible online resource.
To oversee the trust’s ambitious project, it has hired Nick Royle, who led the Cochrane Collaboration for nine years.
Jill Nute, chairman of the board of trustees, said: “We are delighted Nick will be joining the trust in the newly-created role of executive director. We are excited about the trust’s new objective of providing a unique resource that gives veterinary professionals the best evidence on which to base their decisions.
“Nick’s experience at the Cochrane Collaboration ideally suits him to take charge of this ambition and make it happen.”
Mr Royle said: “I’m really excited to be joining the trust at the start of this important development. My previous experience at Cochrane will be a great help, but I’m under no illusions that veterinary medicine presents additional and unique challenges.”
Mr Royle will take up his role on April 2, 2013.