We are delighted to present our Programme Committee for Veterinary Evidence Today. They are key in creating the programme for the conference, from developing the overall themes to reviewing the abstracts and finally choosing the successful applicants. We are grateful for their knowledge and enthusiasm for EBVM and the conference!

Sebastian ArltSebastian

Freie Universitat Berlin

Sebastian Arlt graduated in 2001 and since 2002 has provided scientific assistance at the Clinic of Animal Reproduction, Free University Berlin. He is involved in teaching, research and medical service (on all species, but mainly small animals). In 2002, Sebastian Arlt completed a dissertation on the quality of literature about alternative medicine in livestock.

He is certified in acupuncture and animal reproduction. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction both in small animals and in ruminants.


Clare BoultonClare Boulton

RCVS Knowledge

Clare has been Head of Library & Information Services (LIS) at RCVS Knowledge since April 2008, following 16 years working in academic libraries. LIS provides a specialist library and information service to the practising veterinary community which, as well as providing access to evidence based resources, provides support for practitioners to develop their search skills.

Clare has a Diploma in Library & Information Studies from Manchester Polytechnic and an Open University Diploma in Management Studies. She is a Chartered Member of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Steve BudsbergSteveBudsberg

University of Georgia

Dr. Budsberg is a Professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and the Director of Clinical Research for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. He is also joint appointed in the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology and Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Budsberg is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Evidence Based Veterinary Medical Association.

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Royal Veterinary College

David obtained his veterinary degree from The University of Sydney and after a short spell in practice he was appointed as a small animal clinical instructor at The University of Sydney and then enrolled in a PhD programme in the Faculty of Medicine investigating various aspects of the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus. After completing his PhD, David was appointed as a member of faculty in small animal medicine at The University of Sydney rising to become Hospital Director of The University Veterinary Centre.

In 2001 David was appointed Chair of Small Animal Studies at the Royal Veterinary College and head of the newly formed Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He is currently Vice Principal for Learning and the Student Experience, overseeing the development and delivery of all undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes offered by the Royal Veterinary College.

David maintains a keen interest in small animal medicine generally and endocrinology in particular. His current research interests include insulin resistance states in diabetes mellitus and the use of ‘big data’ from general practice for managing animal health and welfare.

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Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

Rachel graduated from the University of Glasgow and worked in mixed and small animal general practice before taking the post of the Fort Dodge feline fellow at the feline centre at the University of Bristol. Rachel holds the RCVS diploma in feline medicine and is a recognised RCVS specialist in this field. She completed a PhD on the epidemiology of feline injection site sarcomas in the United Kingdom at the Animal Health Trust/Royal Veterinary College in 2009.

Rachel is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Feline Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Nottingham where she directs the Centre of Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine. Rachel has just completed an MSc in Evidence-based Healthcare at the University of Oxford and is passionate about establishing practical ways of enabling decision makers to use EVM to improve care.

Mark HolmesMark Holmes

Cambridge Research Outreach Programme

Mark Holmes is a Reader in Microbial Genomics & Veterinary Science at Cambridge University and has a long standing interest in evidence-based veterinary medicine and veterinary clinical research. He graduated from Cambridge in 1985 and after a brief period in general practice returned to Cambridge to study for a PhD in canine immunology. His recent work has focussed on bacterial genomics, and in particular his group’s recent discovery of a novel MRSA.

He is co-author (with Prof. Peter Cockcroft) of the Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine, and the Handbook of Veterinary Clinical Research. He runs the Cambridge Research Outreach Program at the University of Cambridge which provides training for veterinary practitioners wishing to undertake clinical research.

Ian HIan Handel

Edinburgh University

Ian is a veterinary graduate from Bristol University. After two years as a Research Assistant and two years as a locum he purchased, with his partner, a companion-animal practice, which they developed and ran for eleven years. Having established a successful business, social life and family, Ian decided it was a safe time to study statistics, completing an MSc in Applied Statistics in 2005 and going on to complete a PhD in epidemiology and disease surveillance at the University of Edinburgh in 2010. He currently teaches statistics and evidence based medicine to veterinary students and provides statistical and epidemiological input to a wide range of projects at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, where he is a Senior Lecturer.

Jon Mouncey

Westpoint Farm Vets

Bio coming soon.

Mirjam Nielen 2015 04Mirjam Nielen

Universiteit Utrecht

Mirjam Nielen is full professor in Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at the Department of Farm Animal Health, Utrecht University.  Her main academic tasks are research, teaching and advisory aspects of clinical epidemiology and Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine. Her goal for EBVM is to provide evidence from population-based studies to support veterinary decisions. Her current research interests is to apply epidemiological techniques to ‘get the most’ out of practice data.

Mirjam Nielen was trained as a veterinarian in Utrecht (1987). She shortly worked in general practice, but wished to specialize. She focused on bovine herd health and defended her PhD thesis on mastitis detection (1994). Next she worked on decision support models for control of infectious diseases at Wageningen University. She returned to Utrecht (2002), where she worked as a clinical epidemiologist on many veterinary relevant issues. She strongly feels that clinical epidemiology is essential to bring EBVM forwards.