Training for vets, from vets

19 May 2016 16:15:45.107

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The University of Nottingham is offering a novel training opportunity for people in the veterinary profession.

The Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University has developed a new evidence-based veterinary medicine training programme, thanks to funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

The unique programme draws from the experience of various experts in the veterinary field as part of an advisory group who are helping to shape the course. The group is made up of practising veterinary surgeons, educational specialists and industrial representatives — to ensure that the training will be relevant and accessible for everyone in the industry.

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Training by vets from vets

The idea is that the training is to be developed for the veterinary profession, by the veterinary profession.

The new training has three key areas and will be delivered through a range of distance learning, real-time online tutorials and face-to-face workshops.

The three areas are: what is evidence-based veterinary medicine and why is it important? How do I find and appraise the evidence? And how do I apply the evidence-based veterinary medicine approach to my practice?

Enhancing clinical decision-making

Marnie Brennan, from the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at the University, said: “The course is designed to help people to apply the skills and techniques in evidence-based medicine to their own environments, helping them to keep up to date with new research more easily and ultimately enhance their clinical decision-making.”

Enrolment is open now for both the first course which starts on the 27 June 2016, and the second which begins on the 1 November 2016. The CEVM are delighted to be able to offer a bursary for this course which covers the full registration costs for an individual veterinary surgeon to join either of the first two course start dates. If you are interested in applying for this bursary please email

For more details or to book onto the course, please visit

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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More information is available from Kathryn Wareham in the School of Veterinary Medicine at


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