RCVS Knowledge has announced the preliminary programme for the first International Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Network Conference, on October 23 and 24.

The sessions and speakers have been chosen from around the world to provide veterinary surgeons in practice with the information and tools they need to deliver evidence-based veterinary care, says head of research at RCVS Knowledge Rita Jorge

“This is the first time the international veterinary community will come together under one roof to focus fully on evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) and how it can improve veterinary care,” she said.

“Delegates at our 2012 symposium on EBVM were overwhelmingly positive about the opportunity to talk to people from diverse areas of the profession – this year we’re taking that conversation global.”

The conference, being held at Beaumont Estate in Windsor, will have speakers from the US, UK and Europe with practical experience and knowledge of EBVM principles and solutions. 

“We have more than 100 attendees booked already from across the globe, from Australia to Ethiopia,” she added.

Sessions from the preliminary programme include:

  • “Don’t trust everything you read: bias in the literature” led by Brennen McKenzie (Adobe Animal Hospital, US) and Sebastian Arlt (Free University of Berlin)
  • “Clinical records: tools and affordable solutions for EBVM at the point of care” led by Stuart Turner, (Leafpath Informatics, US)
  • “The veterinary caseload: what are the most common conditions and how can we use this information?” led by David Brodbelt (Royal Veterinary College)
  • “Evidence-based clinical guidelines: Recover (critical care), ICADA (dermatology) and Agree II (evaluation)” led by Daniel Fletcher (Cornell University), Douglas DeBoer (University of Wisconsin) and Mirjam Nielen (Utrecht University)
  • “Can ‘alternative’ medicine be evidence-based?” led by Brennen McKenzie 

A second call for abstracts, to address specific areas of the programme content, is open until July 10. To submit an abstract, view the programme or buy a ticket, please visit www.ebvm-2014.org

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