Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

Our resources

1. Critical appraisal tools for assessing the quality of evidence. 

It can be beneficial to use a checklist of questions when reading sources of evidence to help you make an assessment on whether you can trust the conclusions drawn by the author/s.  

Using these sorts of lists makes comparing between evidence sources easier when you have more than one to consider in relation to your specific question:.

The following appraisal tools have been adapted/developed by the Centre - if you are using any of them in a formal capacity (e.g. for research, reports etc.) please acknowledge the Centre by using the following reference template:

Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (2021) Critical appraisal tool - Standard questions.  Available at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cevm/resources/our-resources.aspx. Accessed 1st September 2021.

  1. Critical appraisal tool - Standard questions - these should be able to be used for any type of research study
  2. Critical appraisal tool - Systematic reviews and metanalyses
  3. Critical appraisal tool - Randomised controlled trials
  4. Critical appraisal tool - Prognosis study
  5. Critical appraisal tool - Diagnostic testing study
  6. Critical appraisal tool  - Cohort study
  7. Critical appraisal tool - Case-control study
  8. Critical appraisal tool - Narrative text and websites
  9. Critical appraisal tool - Expert opinion

2. Podcast by CEVM team members - 'Research in Practice - A beginner's guide' as part of the Knowledge Sessions coordinated by RCVS Knowledge.

3. 'How to be an evidence based practitioner' quiz here

Take the quiz to see how evidence-based you are in your practice or workplace.  Compare with others, take it again after making changes, and use it to guide your efforts to keep yourself up to date!

4. VetSRev – database of veterinary systematic reviews

5. BestBETs for Vets – database of evidence summaries or CATs on clinical questions 

You can sign up to receive alerts when a BET in your area of interest is published, or suggest BET questions for us to answer here

6. EBVM Learning tutorial on evidence-based veterinary medicine (created in conjunction with a number of collaborators around the UK and internationally)

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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