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Launch of Veterinary Evidence 

RCVS Knowledge is thrilled to announce the official launch of Veterinary Evidence – a new resource uniting those who are interested in promoting and using the principles of evidence-based veterinary medicine within practice.

Veterinary Evidence – supported by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – represents RCVS Knowledge’s wider mission statement of providing the veterinary community with practice relevant, evidence-based information resources. Papers and publications are now available for use, completely open-access. 

Veterinary Evidence aims to become the go-to portal for evidence-based veterinary information, promoting and publishing peer-reviewed papers alongside lively discussion of EBVM through opinion, clinical and methodological articles. 

The site will host a wide range of material – from randomised controlled trials to case studies, Knowledge Summaries and interviews. The content is designed to educate readers in research techniques, responding to the desire amongst many veterinary professionals to become involved in effective practice-based research – including critical appraisal and clinical audit. As the new Practice Standards Scheme rolls out, practices will find much in Veterinary Evidence that will enable them to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care.

Jacqui Molyneux, Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Board of Trustees said: “As a practising veterinary surgeon I, along with many others, recognise the emerging importance of evidence-based veterinary medicine and I believe it will become more and more important as time goes on.

“We all wish to do the best for our patients but how do we find out what the current ‘best’ is? That’s where this portal will become so useful; collecting and publishing articles that directly help practising vets and nurses to answer that question.”  
           

The site compiles easy links for the practitioner; including the Clinical Audit Toolkit, Guidance on Scientific Writing, the EBVM Toolkit and EBVM Learning. Over time the site will expand to include forums, conference details and many other EBVM resources.

Bradley Viner, the President of the RCVS and a Trustee of RCVS Knowledge said: “The College was very happy to support our charity partners at RCVS Knowledge in launching this excellent new resource which will be relevant to all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in clinical practice. Furthermore, clinical governance is now firmly established as an important principle in the Code of Professional Conducts for both professions and so, by encouraging practitioners to undergo a continuing process of reflection, analysis and improvement, Veterinary Evidence will also be helping them fulfil their professional responsibilities.”

Veterinary Evidence is funded by a generous donation from the RCVS and Dr Richard Evans is heading the project as Editor-In-Chief (editor@veterinaryevidence.org).

Access the full site at: www.veterinaryevidence.org

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