Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

BestBETs for Vets

BET stands for Best Evidence Topic. BestBETs were first developed for doctors working in emergency medicine (http://www.bestbets.org/). We have now developed a freely accessible database of BETs for vets in practice called BestBETs for Vets (http://bestbetsforvets.org).


• BETs are simple reviews of the current best evidence available to answer very common and specific clinical questions. They are designed to be a quick and achievable method of incorporating evidence into clinical practice.

• BETs start with a very specific clinical question. A literature search is then done to find available evidence. The relevant literature is critically appraised for quality and a “bottom line” (the answer to the question) is reached based on this evidence.

• BETs do not tell you what to do, they tell you about the evidence on a certain topic—we aim to give an unbiased view of the evidence found.

• BET searches are done using systematic and repeatable methods but there are limitations, as we only search in two literature databases and we do not attempt to incorporate unpublished work. Hence, it is possible we may miss some evidence on the topic.

Contacts: Marnie Brennan, Kathryn Wareham and Rachel Dean 

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