Veterinary Evidence Student Awards 2020

Veterinary Evidence Student Awards

Are you a veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing or veterinary bioscience student?

Would you like to be published in a peer-reviewed veterinary journal before you graduate? Do you also fancy a chance at winning one of three cash prizes?

Then the Veterinary Evidence Student Awards are just for you!


"The Veterinary Evidence student competition gave me an opportunity to identify a specific issue, find and appraise the evidence and then apply it to a practical setting"

Molly Vasanthakumar, 2019 winner

The competition

Enhance your academic and research skills by writing a Knowledge Summary and submitting it to Veterinary Evidence, the open access, peer-reviewed journal of RCVS Knowledge, the charity partner of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

All Knowledge Summary submissions will follow the journal’s standard editorial process, with the modification that all papers will be judged by the journal editors and reviewers using a grading criteria rubric (see ‘Related Documents’ for the full scoring system). The three top-scoring papers will be awarded the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes:

1st place: £200

2nd place: £100

3rd place: £50

To win one of the prizes, a submitted paper must be considered by our judges to be at a ‘publishable standard’. All submissions will be considered for publication, so even if you don’t submit one of the winning entries you still stand a chance of having your paper and name published in Veterinary Evidence.

Authors need to be undergraduate students studying Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Nursing, Bioveterinary Science or Veterinary Bioscience.

Multiple authors are allowed but any cash prize will be divided by the number of authors.

RCVS Knowledge will publicise details of the award and the names of award winners on our websites and in other relevant publications. 

How to enter:
  1. Write up your Knowledge Summary on our downloadable template. If you haven’t written a Knowledge Summary before, view the next section.
  2. Ensure you begin the title of your paper with ‘Veterinary Evidence Student Award’.
  3. Register with Veterinary Evidence online.
  4. Login and submit your Knowledge Summary to Veterinary Evidence.

The deadline for submissions is 28th February 2020.

If you have any queries about the entry process please contact the Managing Editor of the journal.


How to write a Knowledge Summary

Knowledge Summaries are like Critically Appraised Topics; they answer a specific and focused clinical question by looking at the best available evidence.

Read our bite-size guide, 6 steps to writing a Knowledge Summary, for an overview of the Knowledge Summary writing process. This guide covers the main steps and provides links to more in-depth resources.

For further detailed information and resources on how to write a Knowledge Summary, please read our guidelines for authors.

Check out our published Knowledge Summaries for examples of how yours should look (or just for some inspiration).

Once completed, submit your Knowledge Summary to Veterinary Evidence.


2019 Veterinary Evidence Student Award winners

Three students won the inaugural Veterinary Evidence Student Awards, with their papers passing peer review and achieving publication in Veterinary Evidence.

First prize went to the University of Edinburgh’s Molly Vasanthakumar for her Knowledge Summary comparing the ecological impact of woven versus disposable drapes. Molly's paper can be read in Veterinary Evidence 

Second prize went to Honoria Brown of the University of Cambridge, whose paper asked: ‘Can hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure be used as sensitive non-invasive diagnostic indicators of acute laminitis onset?’ Honoria's paper can be read in Veterinary Evidence:

Rounding off the winners was Edinburgh’s Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong, who critically appraised the evidence for whether a daily probiotic improved clinical outcomes in dogs with idiopathic diarrhoea. Jacqueline's paper can be read in Veterinary Evidence