EBVM Matters

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.

EBVM Matters front cover

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.

Individual supporters

 

Sarah Baillie

Julien Bazelle

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.

Liz Bode

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.

Felicity Caldwell

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.

David Camenzind

Hannah Capon

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.

Antonia Chan

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it is important to make informed clinical decisions.

Ekaterina Chistova 

Georgina Critchley

Providing good quality veterinary care should be done in a logical and scientific manner, following best practice where possible.

Thomas Ferreday

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because the future for the profession relies on it!

Sarah Freeman

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it’s a fundamental principle of modern veterinary medicine.

Carol Gray

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.

Charlotte Gresham

Nicola Harries

Evidence based medicine can underpin rational and practical treatment options in the field, improving patient outcomes and animal welfare.

Georgie Hollis 

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.  

Steve Howard

Mark Johnston

Ewan Macaulay

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.

Yaiza Gómez-Mejías

Andy Morris

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.

Nina Rzechorzek

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it will reduce waste in research and prevent patient suffering.

Patrick O'Neill

Danielle Pountain

Tamara Ramadan

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because I think that is the only way towards unbiased decision making.

Iain Richards

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because medicine without evidence is just guesswork.

Lucy Robinson

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it helps both ourselves, the animals and the clients have better care and better outcomes.

Tove Särkinen

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because I am a practising veterinary surgeon. 

Carolyn Scott

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.

David Singleton

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.

Ian Southern 

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it delivers the best outcome for the patient, the owner and the veterinary surgeon.

Adam Swallow

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.

Rita Teles

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.

Ann Viera

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.

Morven Webster

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.

Martin Whitehead 

I am committing to evidence-based veterinary medicine because it works better than the alternatives.

Add your name to the commitment

 

“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


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