Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

Accessing evidence

In order to undertake evidence-based veterinary medicine, practising vets need to be able to access evidence summaries such as BestBETs for Vets, or the actual research studies themselves. For vets working in practice accessing the literature can be problematic, unless they are associated with a university or other research establishment.  Library-book

One way vets and veterinary nurses can obtain access to a wide range of information sources, including databases and online journals, is to join the RCVS Knowledge Library. Some membership organisations also provide access to certain resources, e.g. the BSAVA provide access to VetMed Resource, which includes the veterinary content from CAB Abstracts as a membership loyalty benefit.

PubMed is a freely accessible version of MEDLINE, plus some full text journals. Unfortunately, if vets do find an article in PubMed (or any other database, such as Google Scholar), they may not be able to read the full text, unless it is an open access publication.

For this reason the CEVM strongly supports the principle of open access. This in line with the policy of Research Councils UK. Open access means that instead of the readers paying for a physical or on-line copy of a journal, the research studies are made freely available to anyone online. The CEVM is making every effort to make its research available to the veterinary community, by using open access journals.

Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 6576
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 6415
Email: CEVM@nottingham.ac.uk