The charitable trust of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has rebranded as ‘RCVS Knowledge’ as it supports global evidence-based veterinary medicine.

The charitable trust of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced a complete rebranding as it refocuses its mission on supporting evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) across the globe.

Mr Royle launched the rebrand of the trust at RCVS Day on July 5, 2013.Now called RCVS Knowledge, the charity is aiming to become a “global intermediary” for EBVM, a direction it reached following a period of consultation and a successful 2012 symposium on the subject.
According to the charity, the new name encompasses its “three core offerings”, which are:

  • historical knowledge, represented by the college’s historical collection
  • present knowledge, represented by its library
  • future knowledge, symbolised by its new focus on evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Executive director of RCVS Knowledge Nick Royle, who was the former chief executive of human evidence-based medicine resource the Cochrane Collaboration, said: “Today, veterinary surgeons and nurses are required to take account of an ever-increasing pool of scientific data, the owners’ values and preferences, and their own clinical expertise when making clinical decisions.

“RCVS Knowledge is ideally placed to generate, collate and distribute this information to support evidence-based practices. We aim to develop tools to assist practitioners to quickly make well-informed treatment decisions.”
As part of the new direction, the historical collection will be made accessible and available online, following a start-up grant from the Wellcome Trust. Meanwhile, RCVS Knowledge’s library and information service will be redesigned to make it a resource with the capacity to steer “first-rate” care and innovation, while the grants and awards programme will be redesigned to celebrate professional excellence and to address gaps in veterinary knowledge.
Mr Royle continued: “We are aware of the responsibilities veterinary surgeons and nurses face every day and feel we are in a position to support their decision making. We would like to urge every veterinary professional with an interest in EBVM, a curiosity about the history of his or her profession or a need to access up-to-date research to get in touch, so we can keep you up to date with developments.”

  • For more information, or to get involved, email RCVS Knowledge project manager Ashley Doorly at


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