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In a first for the profession, 15 of the major UK member organisations, vet schools and policy-making bodies have come together to affirm their commitment to veterinary medicine based on sound scientific principles.
Their commitment is published in Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Matters: Our Commitment to the Future – a new landmark publication produced by RCVS Knowledge and the charity Sense about Science.
It is set in the context of 14 case studies that showcase the impact of standout veterinary research and evidence in the 20th and 21st centuries. Spanning small animal, farm, equine, nursing, animal welfare and agriculture, the case studies show that different types of evidence have been key to major steps forward in veterinary medicine.
Download Evidence-Based Medicine Matters: Our Commitment to the Future (pdf).
The commitment to evidence-based veterinary medicine:
Evidence-based veterinary medicine is key to the delivery of modern veterinary medicine.
It means veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses making clinical decisions according
to their professional judgement, based on the best available evidence at the time and what
is right for the individual animal and owner. When rigorous research underpins medical
decisions, adverse events can be minimised and patient outcomes can be improved.
Veterinary medicine faces challenges from treatments that avoid rigorous scrutiny,
as well as from managing patients with multiple and often chronic diseases. By working
towards a recognised evidence base for treatments, we give the veterinary professions
and clients the best foundation on which to base decisions.
We believe evidence-based veterinary medicine reinforces the sound scientific principles
of the profession and strengthens the commitment to put animal health and welfare
at the forefront of all we do.
Sign up to the commitment to show your support of evidence-based veterinary medicine.
The following organisations have signed up to the commitment on launch: Animal and Plant Health Agency, British Cattle Veterinary Association, British Veterinary Association, British Veterinary Nursing Association, RCVS Knowledge, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Royal Veterinary College, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool, University of Nottingham, University of Surrey, Veterinary Policy Research Foundation.
As well as organisations, more than 30 individuals have added their name to the commitment. See what EBVM means to them using the toggle below.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because this is the best way to improve patient care and to identify flaws in our knowledge.
It is extremely important that we, as veterinary professionals, continue to pursue our goal for evidence based veterinary medicine. This is important, not only in regards to the health implications that antimicrobial resistance has for us, but to ensure that as a profession we continuously aspire to giving the very best care to our patients and clients.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it is vital for the future of our patients, by ensuring we are providing them with Gold Standard, relevant, up-to-date & the most exceptional veterinary care possible. In doing so, we take on accountability and responsibility to continually update our knowledge and skills and pledge to be the best advocates for our patients.
I believe that the public need accessible current evidence based information to help them manage their dog's health. Canine Arthritis Management aims to take this approach directly to the owner/client.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it is important to make informed clinical decisions.
Providing good quality veterinary care should be done in a logical and scientific manner, following best practice where possible.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because the future for the profession relies on it!
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it’s a fundamental principle of modern veterinary medicine.
EBVM provides a cornerstone for shared decision-making between veterinary professionals and clients. The vet professional needs to have a good grasp of the latest evidence in order to present options, risks and benefits associated with proposed treatments.
Evidence based medicine can underpin rational and practical treatment options in the field, improving patient outcomes and animal welfare.
I believe that a pledge to uphold animal welfare can only be sustained where decisions are made based on best available evidence. Our field of wound care tech and education relies upon extrapolation of evidence from human healthcare where animal studies are lacking and RCT's are too costly to industry to focus in this area. As an independent advisory service (vetwoundlibrary) we pledge to question the products promoted in the Veterinary sector for wound care and to encourage an evidence based approach, both in practice and in industry. We are committed to independence, dissemination and support of ethical, evidence based research that enables modern technologies to benefit the veterinary sector and animal welfare.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because I want to practise veterinary medicine on the basis of good scientific evidence and continue to improve our work.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it is the best way to truly move forward in improving the welfare of our patients.
Pablo Jimenez Rihuete
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because I believe it does improve patient outcomes.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it will reduce waste in research and prevent patient suffering.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine in order to make clinical and professional decisions based upon the most up to date and reliable evidence.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because I think that is the only way towards unbiased decision making.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because medicine without evidence is just guesswork.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it helps both ourselves, the animals and the clients have better care and better outcomes.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because I am a practising veterinary surgeon.
It is vitally important to pay attention to the evidence for the treatments we choose. I wish the whole profession could embrace this. There is a wealth of science and evidence available. We need to ensure this is shared and adhered to. We have to advocate for our patients and offer them the best.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because we need to know that our clinical decisions are truly of benefit to the animals under our care.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it delivers the best outcome for the patient, the owner and the veterinary surgeon.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it is vital to the advancement of veterinary science and will help us to maximize animal welfare around the world.
Nieky van Veggel
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because all decisions surrounding clients and patients should always be based on the best available evidence.
I am a veterinary librarian. I also am an open science advocate so that evidence, "a competitive advantage in an age of misinformation" (2015 quote from Dr. Ron Larson KState) is fully and rapidly accessible to all who need it.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because I want to go home every day knowing that I have given my patients the best care and my clients the best advice.
I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it works better than the alternatives.
“We are impressed by the contributions from our co-signatories, which clearly demonstrate the phenomenal impact on patient outcomes that conducting research and using evidence can have. The publication makes a strong case for much-needed funding for research to grow the evidence base, which would put powerful, robust data into the hands of veterinary professionals as they make critical decisions that can affect patient outcomes.
"It is our hope that the calibre, diversity and sheer number of the organisations putting their name to this commitment will galvanise all vets and their teams to expand their use of evidence in practice.”
Chris Gush, Executive Director, RCVS Knowledge
Make evidence part of what you do:
- Keep up to date with the latest evidence by subscribing to our journal watch, inFOCUS, or join us as a clinical reviewer.
- Write a Knowledge Summary or become a peer reviewer for our open access journal Veterinary Evidence.
- Add to the evidence base by submitting a clinical query.
- Use our quality improvement tools and resources.
- Sign up to our newsletter, intheKNOW, to keep up to date with EBVM developments.