The Sceptical Vet: Eminence or Evidence?
Finding the best way forward for the veterinary profession
An open symposium
Tuesday 30 October 2012, 10.30-5.00 followed by Reception
***Please note that the venue for this event has changed and will no longer be held in The Council Chamber at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The symposium will now be held at Church House Conference Centre Westminster, Dean's Yard, London, SW1P 3NZ..***
The modern Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (EVM) approach to clinical care has been revolutionizing patient care in human medicine and policy for the last four decades, and has been thoroughly embraced by politicians and the wider public, even though animated debate about its usefulness is still occurring within the medical profession.
The Cochrane Collaboration, a depositary of systematic reviews which support the foundations on which EVM has so far relied, has been growing in size, significance and number of published records. A similar veterinary database has been more challenging to set up, due to the particularities of veterinary medicine and also to the wide number of species that veterinary medicine oversees.
The RCVS Charitable Trust, recognising its mission in helping vets and vet nurses to provide the best possible care for animals, is supporting an open symposium, where the potential for developing a range of evidence-based resources for the veterinary profession will be discussed amongst interested professionals of the medical and veterinary field, sceptics and people wanting to know more about Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (EVM).
The event is open to the whole veterinary profession and aims to:
- Provide a forum for debate where opinions on the clinical potential and the caveats of EVM can be voiced
- Provide information on EVM, namely on the current status of its implementation in the veterinary profession and its future implications in veterinary practice and clinical governance
- To share and discuss lessons learned by the establishment of EVM principles in the human medicine field
- To encourage the setting of a forward-looking strategy to implement EVM practices across the profession
- To discuss EVM training needs for veterinary undergraduates and practitioners
- To help identify the important real-life clinical questions
Outcomes of the meeting are envisaged as follows:
- Setting a forward looking strategy for the establishment of a collaboration to foster EVM in the UK
- Prioritising which actions to take in order to encourage a proactive approach in the profession towards the development of evidence-based resources
- Consider possible sources of support – administrative and financial – for EVM initiatives in the UK
- Establishment of forums and communication channels between those interested in EVM and clinical governance i.e. plans for continuing communication
Assessing the temperature for EVM
We ran a short survey to support this event. The survey is now closed. Responses will be put forward to contribute to a discussion at the symposium.
10.30-11.00 Coffee and Registration
11.00 Welcome from the Chairman
Geoff Little, Veterinary Surgeon
11.10 Session 1: Getting a handle on EVM: clarifying the basics and
how and where it applies to veterinary practice
Led by Dr Sally Everitt, Scientific Policy Officer, BSAVA
including Pam Mosedale, Veterinary Surgeon
11.40 Session 2: What has EBM done for the medicine field?
Professor Khalid Khan, Professor of Women's Health and Clinical Epidemiology, Barts and
The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
12.10 Session 3: The veterinary landscape and perspective
President of Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine Association
1.15 - 2.00 Lunch
2.00 Session 4: Practical stories from the equine, small animal and
farm animal sectors
Dr Tim Mair, Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic Kent
Dr Aiden Foster, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
Dr Wendela Wapenaar, Clinical Lecturer in Farm Animal Medicine and Epidemiology,
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham
3.00 – 3.30 Tea/Coffee Break
3.30 Session 5: Making a practical start - How practice vets can get involved
Dr Rachel Dean, Director, Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine
Dr Douglas Grindlay, Information Specialist, Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine
Clare Boulton, Librarian, RCVS Charitable Trust Library
Debate: Future Policy Session
An open debate with all speakers to identify key points as to
how the profession can take EVM forward
5.00 – 6.15 Drinks reception
Photo: Rally to Restore Sanity 2010
When & Where
RCVS Knowledge is the independent charity associated with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Our ambition is to become a global intermediary for evidence based veterinary knowledge by providing access to information that is of immediate value to practising veterinary professionals and directly contributes to evidence based clinical decision-making.
For more information about RCVS Knowledge please visit www.rcvsknowledge.org
RCVS Knowledge is the working name of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Trust. Registered charity no. 230886