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Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine
Evidence-based veterinary medicine: new graduates' perspectives
  1. Laura Spoor

    Laura Spoor graduated with a BVetMed from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2007, and an intercalated BSc in veterinary pathology, having undertaken a research project investigating the immune response of badgers with respect to tuberculosis infection. She has since worked in mixed and small animal practices in the UK.

  2. Simon Priestnall

    Simon Priestnall graduated from Bristol in 2004. He gained an intercalated degree in veterinary pathology from the RVC in 2002 and a PhD in canine respiratory virology in 2007. He is currently undertaking a residency in anatomic pathology at the RVC and studying for the membership exams of the Royal College of Pathologists. His current research interests include the characterisation of Streptococcus zooepidemicus pneumonia in dogs.

  3. Jen Claridge

    Jen Claridge graduated from the RVC with an intercalated BSc in veterinary pathology in 2005 and from Liverpool with a BVSc in 2007. Having worked for a year in small animal practice, she has now returned to the veterinary parasitology department at Liverpool to study for a PhD.

  4. Ben Dustan

    Ben Dustan qualified from Liverpool in 2007, having intercalated in veterinary pathology at the RVC. He immediately took up an RCVS Trust farm animal residency, with his clinical time split equally between farm animal practice at Leahurst and private practice in Cheshire. His special interests include cattle reproduction and lameness and goat medicine.

  5. Stephanie Reed

    Stephanie Reed graduated from the RVC in 2008, having intercalated in veterinary pathology. During her intercalated year, she worked with the bovine immunology group at the Institute for Animal Health in Compton, characterising the cellular immune responses in lymph nodes of cattle exposed to tuberculosis-derived antigens. She is currently undertaking a PhD with the department of pathology and infectious diseases at the RVC, investigating the molecular determinants of virulence of bovine viral diarrhoea virus strains.


IN October 2008, Sally Everitt looked at how evidence-based medicine could be integrated into veterinary practice (In Practice, vol 30, pp 526-528). Here, five veterinary graduates who have undertaken an intercalated degree comment on the use of evidence-based medicine in veterinary practice.

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