A conference on evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) has attracted more than 250 delegates from 15 countries.

Delegates took part in more than 50 talks over two days.

Hosted by RCVS Knowledge, the charitable trust arm of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the conference was the first meeting of the EBVM Network – anyone interested in EBVM – and featured more than 50 talks on evidence-based veterinary practice.

According to RCVS Knowledge, the conference – held on October 23-24 at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor – focused on developing collaborations between professionals in practice, industry, not-for-profit organisations and academia to make more evidence-based tools and resources available to front-line practitioners.

Head of research at RCVS Knowledge Rita Jorge said a huge success of the conference was that there was approximately one veterinary practitioner and one industry representative “for every academic delegate“.

“This proves EBVM is no longer considered just for academics,” she said. “There is real interest and determination from practitioners who want to base what they’re doing each day on good evidence.”

The conference programme included talks on:

  • extracting useful information from practices’ electronic medical records
  • evidence-based guidelines to treat atopic dermatitis and for CPR
  • specific clinical topics covered by systematic reviews.

David Ramey, a US-based equine practice owner, said it was “a pleasure” attending the conference and beginning the networking process.

“It was the most exhilarating educational experience I’ve attended in a long, long time, and I look forward to getting more entwined in the evidence-based ‘net.’”

Elsewhere at the conference, RCVS Knowledge awarded more than 30 bursaries to ensure a range of professionals at different career stages were represented at the event. Twenty-five bursaries were awarded to veterinary nurses, veterinary students and veterinary professionals based in low-income economies, while eight were awarded to librarians and information specialists, two of which were sponsored by Vets4Pets and Companion Care.

Bursary recipient Jackie Belle, a veterinary nurse, said attending the conference was a “fantastic opportunity on both a professional and a personal level”.

“There was an undeniable excitement and buzz at this conference as different organisations and individuals with similar interests shared their experience and knowledge,” she said. “The outcome of the two days will certainly be realised by the many projects, collaborations and ideas that develop post conference.”

For more information on the conference, the EBVM Network and EBVM itself, visit RCVS Knowledge’s website.

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