New internet resources are the best bet for vets

03 Dec 2013 13:28:25.007

PA 311/13

Academics at The University of Nottingham have launched two free internet resources for vets.

Scientists from the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM) at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science have launched BestBETS for Vets ( and VetSRev (

BestBETs for Vets has been adapted from an evidence-based medicine resource for emergency doctors ( BET stands for Best Evidence Topic and provides a summary of the evidence found relating to a specific clinical question posed by those in the veterinary profession.

Click here for full story

The questions found on the site have all come from vets in general practice and the CEVM team has then undertaken a structured literature search to find the answers. A BET is structured in a very simple format and it is possible to just read the bottom line (where people can find the answer to the question), or the whole BET which includes the search terms used and the appraisal of the papers found. It is possible to sign up at to receive regular updates about new BETs published and also post questions for future BETs.

Dr Rachel Dean, the Director for the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine said: “There is no other database of this kind in veterinary medicine, despite many that have been created for human medicine. There are also very few practitioner orientated evidence summaries for practising vets to help them incorporate evidence in clinical decision making. These new resources should help to facilitate the use of best evidence in practice.”

The other resource created by the team is called VetSRev, which is a freely accessible online database of citations for systematic reviews of relevance to veterinary medicine and science (

Systematic reviews of good quality are considered the strongest evidence for clinical decision making in the profession and VetSRev lists over 300 references. The CEVM team developed this resource to establish what had already been done and provide one place of reference for researchers or clinicians looking for veterinary systematic reviews.


— Ends —

Our academics can now be interviewed for broadcast via our new Globelynx fixed camera facility at the University. For further information please contact a member of the Communications team on +44 (0)115 951 5798, email or see the Globelynx website for how to register for this service.

For up to the minute media alerts follow us on Twitter

Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university among graduate employers, the world’s greenest university, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World's Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

Story credits


Charlotte Anscombe – Media Relations Manager (Arts and Social Sciences)

Email:  Phone:+44 (0)115 74 84 417 Location: University Park

Additional resources

No additional resources for this article

Related articles

Veterinary students to benefit from online museum

Published Date
Thursday 24th January 2013

Vets in the community

Published Date
Wednesday 29th May 2013

Inspirational student mentors recognised

Published Date
Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Media Relations - External Relations

The University of Nottingham
YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5798