A free online teaching and learning resource aimed at making evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) accessible to the veterinary profession worldwide has been launched by the EBVM Learning Consortium.

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The online tutorial uses best educational practice and includes formative multiple-choice questions, short tasks and recommendations for further study.

The online tutorial, funded by the RCVS Knowledge target grants initiative, begins with an introductory module before looking at five key areas of EBVM:

  • Ask – how to formulate answerable questions
  • Acquire – how to obtain relevant information
  • Appraise – how to evaluate the available evidence
  • Apply – how to apply the evidence to clinical practice, and
  • Assess – how to measure the effect of any implemented changes

Multi-platform

The learning resource, which can be used on various platforms and devices, is suitable for students and practitioners for self-study, and can be used as a stand-alone tutorial or as individual teaching modules to support other EBVM teaching or continuing professional development.

The online tutorial uses best educational practice and includes formative multiple-choice questions, short tasks and recommendations for further study.

Increasing awareness

Kirsten Reyher, senior lecturer in farm animal science at the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science, who led the project team, said: “It is hoped the development of this resource will increase awareness of EBVM in the veterinary profession and allow practitioners the opportunity to develop the skills needed to use EBVM in everyday clinical practice.”

The tutorial is led by Dr Reyher, alongside Rachel Dean and Marnie Brennan from the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

Future aims of the project team include designing methods of cataloguing and disseminating evidence synthesis to support clinical decision-making and evidence-based veterinary practice, improving and standardising the teaching of EBVM to undergraduate and postgraduate students at veterinary schools internationally, and building a community of practice in this area.

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