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The Sceptical Vet: Eminence or Evidence?

RCVS Knowledge

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 from 10:30 to 18:15 (GMT)

The Sceptical Vet: Eminence or Evidence?

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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.




Provisional programme



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

Dr Brennen McKenzie

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


Panel Q+A


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


                                                            4.15 Conclusion

                                             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

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When & Where

Church House Conference Centre Westminster
Dean's Yard
SW1P 3NZ London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 from 10:30 to 18:15 (GMT)

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RCVS Knowledge is the independent charity partner of 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.

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