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Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicne
Evidence-based veterinary medicine 1. Why is it important and what skills are needed?
  1. Mark Holmes

    Mark Holmes graduated from Cambridge in 1985 and is now a senior lecturer in preventive veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge. He is a coauthor of the 'Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine', published by Blackwell Publishing, and is currently Honorary Secretary of the BSAVA.

  2. Peter Cockcroft

    Peter Cockcroft graduated from Cambridge in 1980. He is a lecturer in farm animal medicine at the University of Cambridge and holds the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production. He is a coauthor of the 'Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine'.


THIS is the first part of a series of three articles on evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) - a discipline which increasingly is being recognised as having a fundamental role to play in day-to-day veterinary practice, as well as being vital to the future development of the profession. The article defines what EBVM is, explains its importance and describes the range of skills required to practise EBVM. Parts 2 and 3, which will be published in the February and March issues, respectively, will look in greater detail at first identifying information needs and searching for evidence, and then appraising the evidence.

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