Topic outline

  • EBVM Learning

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    Course summary

    This course introduces the concepts of Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM), and aims to give you a foundation from which you can start to apply EBVM to your own veterinary work.

    After a general introduction to the principles of EBVM, each section explains one of the five main principles of the methodology. These sections include detailed examples, opportunities for you to reflect on what you’ve learned, and quizzes for you to check your understanding. Each section will take approximately an hour to complete in full. 

    Summary of sections

    By the end of this section you will be able to:

    • explain the concept of EBVM
    • describe the relevance and importance of EBVM to veterinary practice
    • construct a generalised example of the EBVM cycle.

    Go to ABCs of EBVM

    By the end of this section you will be able to:

    • describe why a well-formed question is fundamental to the EBVM process, and avoid the common pitfalls in asking questions
    • identify clinical questions in practice
    • construct a clinical question correctly.

    Go to Ask

    By the end of this section you will be able to:

    • identify which information sources can help to find the best evidence for veterinary medicine
    • establish how to get access to these resources for your own clinical practice
    • translate a clinical question into a database search strategy and understand the fundamentals of efficient searching
    • manage your references and report your search strategies.

    Go to Acquire

    By the end of this section you will be able to:

    • describe the most important factors that should be appraised when you read a paper
    • explain how to appraise literature (and other information)
    • use tools that support the appraisal process.

    Go to Appraise

    By the end of this section you will be able to:

    • use a structured framework to determine whether the evidence is applicable to you, your patients and your environment
    • describe ways of communicating new evidence to colleagues and clients
    • construct a strategy to maximise the chances of successfully implementing evidence-based changes in your practice/clinic.

    Go to Apply

    By the end of this section you will be able to:

    • explain why it is important to assess/audit the implementation of EBVM in practice
    • describe how to assess/audit EBVM in practice
    • use practice examples to demonstrate the use of clinical audit and the assessment of EBVM in practice.

    Go to Assess

    This section provides you with:

    • ideas for how you can expand your EBVM knowledge
    • a feedback form about your learning experience
    • ways you can log your CPD and download a course completion certificate (for registered users).

    Go to What next?

    Course features

    • Cost
      Free

    • CPD hours
      1 per module

    • Modules
      6

    • Who is this course for?

      • Veterinary surgeons
      • Veterinary nurses
      • Veterinary students
      • Veterinary educators
      • Allied veterinary professionals

    Feedback

    The material covered in the course matched my expectations and more, and there were great case examples to back up the points raised.”

    Holly Warrilow RVN