Veterinary Evidence Today has attracted speakers from across the globe, and we are proud to have them be a part of the conference.
The staircase of evidence
Sebastian Arlt graduated in 2001 and since 2002 has provided scientific assistance at the Animal Reproduction Clinic, 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 Diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction both in small animals and in ruminants.
Effectiveness of collective treatments in the control of bovine digital dermatitis. Where is the evidence?
Young and dynamic veterinary surgeon, he obtained his veterinary diploma from the National University of Colombia in 2012. Then completed the internship program of equine veterinary medicine and surgery in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Liège, Belgium. He decided to broaden his professional profile, and currently is a PhD candidate at the National College of Veterinary Medicine in Nantes, France (ONIRIS), where he conducts clinical and epidemiological research for the control of infectious diseases in dairy cattle.
Don’t be afraid to ask the question: a simple guide for veterinary nurses to conducting evidence-based research in clinical practice
Sue Badger qualified as a Registered Animal Nursing Auxiliary (later Veterinary Nurse) in 1976. She taught veterinary nursing at Bristol University since the late 1980s, and ran the veterinary nursing certificate course, before taking on the development and management of the second veterinary nursing undergraduate programme nationally, in 1999.
As well as being influential in the educational arena, Sue has also played an important role in the political arena. She has been executive editor of the Veterinary Nursing Journal for a number of years and is an instrumental member of the BVNA Council, taking the role of President in 2010-11.
Bacteriological examination of milk samples — the gold standard in mastitis diagnostic under evaluation
Dr. Sandra Bertulat is a Research Associate employed at the Animal Reproduction Clinic, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She graduated from the University of Leipzig in 2011 and finished her doctoral thesis in 2014 about the effect of milk yield on udder characteristics and stress levels in dairy cows at dry-off. She is Resident of the European College of Animal Reproduction and of the European College of Bovine Health Management. Her daily work and research mostly focuses on udder health and animal welfare.
Are blood lactate levels better than a crystal ball – the veterinary evidence base
Amanda graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1998. She undertook further clinical training at the Royal Veterinary College and the University of Pennsylvania and is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care. She was a Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care at the RVC from 2003-2008. In September 2008, she took up the post of Clinical Director at Vets Now where she has responsibility for clinical and professional standards and training across 53 emergency clinics and two 24 hour hospitals.
She is the author of many peer reviewed articles and book chapters and is Co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Emergency and Critical Care. She acts as a veterinary consultant for Pet Blood Bank and has an active interest in transfusion medicine.
She is Founding President of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC) and Past-President of the European Society of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (EVECCS). She is an elected RCVS Council member since 2012 and is currently Treasurer of the RCVS. She received the BSAVA Melton award for meritorious contribution to small animal practice in 2011.
Finding the evidence
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.
Can practice-based evidence complement and promote EBVM?
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.
Can practice-based evidence complement and promote EBVM?
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.
Evidence Aid: Using systematic reviews to improve access to evidence for humanitarian emergencies
Introduction to systematic reviews
Professor Mike Clarke has more than 25 years’ experience in the design and conduct of rigorous assessments of the effects of interventions through the use of randomised trials and systematic reviews. He has worked on some of the world’s largest randomised trials in maternity care, breast cancer, poisoning and stroke; and on dozens of systematic reviews in a wide variety of topics, including health care, social policy, methodology and humanitarian assistance.
He is Director of the Northern Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Methodology Review Group. His work on the SWAT/SWAR (Study Within A Trial / Review) programme is seeking to encourage research that will improve the conduct of trials, and he is founder and Research Director of Evidence Aid, helping improve access to reliable knowledge in the disaster sector.
Irrelevant, irrelevant, irrelevant! Time to change our approach to research?
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.
The Veterinary Clinical Trials Network- a pragmatic approach to filling the evidence gaps for veterinary practice.
Hannah Doit qualified as a vet from the University of Liverpool in 2010. She has worked in first opinion veterinary practice and as a Research Assistant with the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM). She is currently doing a PhD student with the CEVM at the University of Nottingham, working on methods for conducting pragmatic clinical trials in small animal first opinion practice.
Current thoughts on the treatment of Malassezia in canine otitis externa
Mary is a vet, lecturer, researcher and Director at Girling & Fraser Ltd. Her main interests are veterinary education, evidence based medicine, the preparation of students for the reality of practice, exotic species and wildlife medicine.
Preliminary Evaluation of a Practice-Based EBVM Skills Development Program
Ava Firth received her BS and DVM degrees from Ohio State University, followed by a Masters degree from Murdoch University in 1992. She is board-certified in emergency and critical care. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in after-hours emergency clinics as well as holding lectureships at the University of Melbourne, University of Minnesota and University of Glasgow. She has spent the last 10 years in the UK with Vets Now, where she pioneered their in-house training programme and continues to provide leadership in training and clinical research.
The ACVECC VetCOT trauma initiative
Dr. Kelly Hall’s primary passion is to improve trauma patient care. She is excited to be collaborating with others enthusiastic about trauma patient care through the ACVECC Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) and Spontaneous Trauma in Animals Team (STAT). Dr. Hall completed her residency at the University of Minnesota which is where she also earned her DVM and MS in Clinical Research. After 14 years as a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hall has taken a non-linear path and is currently teaching high school science in an effort to share her enthusiasm for critical thinking and passion for the sciences, as well as inspire the next generation of critical and creative thinkers.
Building a business case for EBVM
Upon completing agribusiness marketing under-graduate studies at Curtin University in Western Australia, Elizabeth spent time working in various aspects of the grain industry: operations, human resource management and biotechnology. During this time, she was studying for an MBA degree. Elizabeth then went back to full-time PhD study to examine the behavioural determinants of farmers and their attitudes to using forward contracts for selling wool.
This qualification led to a lectureship at Newcastle University (UK) where Elizabeth lectured in agribusiness management, food marketing and supply chain systems while supervising PhD students and participating in various agribusiness and adult learning-related research projects. Elizabeth was also the degree programme director of the BSc Agribusiness Management (Hons) degree at Newcastle University for four years. Elizabeth joined the RVC as a Lecturer in Business in February, 2014, where she is responsbile for teaching principles of business to all the College’s students and keenlky researches food supply chain systems.
Evidenced based approach for a definition of defined daily dosages of antibiotics used in German pig production
Professor Lothar Kreienbrock gained a Diploma in Statistics and a Promotion in Statistics from the Dortmund University in 1983 and 1987 respectively. He then graduated from the University of Wuppertal in 1995 with a degree in Habilitation in Epidemiology.
Professor Kreienbrock’s interests include Sampling and Monitoring, Epidemi¬ological Methods and Risk Assessment, Methods in Good Clinical Practice, Empirical Methods for Veterinary Public Health and Antibiotics Consumption and Resistance.
Evidence synthesis of diagnostics: GRADE and how it can be used for veterinary evidence
Mariska Leeflang graduated as a vet in 2003 and got her PhD in Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy in 2008. While studying veterinary medicine, she missed the evidence base behind many clinical decisions and learned how difficult making a diagnosis is. During an extended research internship on the development of a new diagnostic test, she learned how large the gap between research into diagnostics and the clinical use of diagnostics is. Her PhD and subsequent projects combine both evidence-based medicine and diagnostic research: development of methods for systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic accuracy studies. Besides that, she is involved in qualitative projects about the value of diagnostics and diagnostic information in clinical practice, and also in a project about GRADE for laboratory animal research. Mariska is co-convenor of Cochrane’s Screening and Diagnosis Methods Group and member of Cochrane’s Methods Executive.
Using evidence: Pitfalls, practicalities and positive benefits
Gillian Leng is the Deputy Chief Executive at NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and a visiting professor at King’s College London.
Gillian trained in medicine at Leeds, and then spent several years researching the epidemiology of peripheral vascular disease at Edinburgh University. She was involved in the Cochrane Collaboration as it first became established, and still contributes as an editor to the EPOC Group (Effective Practice and Organisation of Care). She specialised in public health medicine, and worked as a consultant before moving to NICE in 2001.
At NICE, Gillian has been responsible for the initial set up and running of the clinical guidelines programme, for establishing the NICE implementation function, and for setting up NHS Evidence. More recently she has been responsible for establishing the NICE accreditation programme, for new work on Quality Standards and for setting up NICE’s programme on safe staffing.
Gillian is also Director of the Health and Social Care Programme and since January 2015 is leading the public health team at NICE.
The only is ethics? Undertaking research as a practice-based vet/RVN
I graduated from University of Glasgow in 1998 and after two years in small animal practice, I completed a 3 year residency in small animal medicine at the University of Cambridge.
I was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2001, the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2003 and the ECVIM Diploma in Companion Animal medicine in 2004. I was then awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowship to undertake studies into T cell activation and regulation in diabetes for which I was awarded a PhD in 2007.
I moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and worked as clinical fellow dividing my time between clinical work and research. I was awarded a second Wellcome Trust fellowship to continue my studies into T cell activation in 2008. I was appointed Head of Small Animal Medicine in 2011 and Head of Veterinary Clinical Research in 2012. In 2012 I was awarded a third Wellcome Trust fellowship to explore how antigen presentation cells activate a pathogenic T cell response.
I have published over 110 peer reviewed publications and run a basic science and clinical research programme which is focused on further understanding the role of immune system in health and disease. I am currently Head of Companion Animal Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.
Putting the horse before the cart: the ethical case for animal patient values in EBVM & Diagnostic accuracy: the wellspring of EBVM success, and how we can improve it
David Mills is a small animal clinician at the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital in London, and a part time PhD student at the RVC. He has worked extensively in charity practice since graduation and holds the CertAVP in Cardiology. His PhD thesis is examining the epistemology and ethics of evidence-based veterinary medicine.
Integrating veterinary subject expertise with information literacy expertise to teach and assess the student skills in evidence-based veterinary medicine
Heather K. Moberly is the Coordinator of Veterinary Services at the Medical Sciences Library at Texas A&M University with a joint appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In the DVM and graduate curricula, she focuses on veterinary education, particularly evidence-based veterinary medicine. Beyond the university curriculum, she bridges the information and veterinary worlds by developing and teaching continuing education to both librarians and veterinarians. Additionally, she holds the Dorothy G. Whitley Professorship in Library Science where her research focuses on the literature of veterinary parasitology.
Joined up Clinical Governance – learning from our mistakes
Pam was a partner in a Veterinary Hospital for 17 years. She is currently Lead Assessor for the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme. Pam is also an SQP assessor for AMTRA & organises CPD webinars for SQPs. She edits the BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines, organises the BSAVA Dispensing Course and still does some locum work in practices.
Pam is very interested in Clinical governance and in how improving systems can help reduce errors in Veterinary practice.
Introduction to statistics: the truth behind the numbers
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 epidemiolo¬gy is essential to bring EBVM forwards.
Building a Research Network: the ARC experience
Ian graduated from Bristol in 2000 and spent four happy years in mixed practice, locumed and travelled, then somehow ended up doing a rotating internship at the RVC, then a surgical residency at Cambridge. He achieved the ECVS Diploma in Small Animal surgery in 2011, and has worked as a specialist general surgeon in a busy, friendly, multi-disciplinary referral hospital in the New Forest, Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists. He was a committee member, then Honorary Secretary, for the Association for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery (AVSTS), and initiated and currently leads the AVSTS Research Cooperative (ARC). He has just been blessed with the arrival of a beautiful baby daughter, and so has no time left for anything else.
Is the simplicity of the evidence pyramid actually detrimental for understanding evidence?
Dr. O’Connor is a veterinary epidemiologist, and she has applied the principles of that discipline to a diverse set of fields, including livestock diseases, food-borne pathogens of animal proteins and veterinary public health. The main area of focus of Dr. O’Connor’s research has been to understand how decisions makers such as veterinary practitioners and government officials can use translate primary research into decision support tools.
She has worked with agencies such as the National Pork Board and the European Union Food Safety Authority. Dr. O’Connor has also presented these concepts to veterinary associations. Topic’s evaluated include bovine respiratory disease in feedlot cattle, infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis in beef calves, anthelminthic protocols for cattle, brucellosis in sheep, Salmonellae pre-harvest in pigs, MRSA in swine, pre-harvest food safety interventions, post harvest interventions, zoonotic pathogens and the impact of proximity to confined animal operations on community health. This work includes understanding how standards of evidence translate to veterinary practice.
In conjunction with research synthesis, Dr. O’Connor has used traditional epidemiological research approaches so that decision makers can better understand the efficacy of control options for Salmonellae pre-harvest and MRSA in swine, brucellosis in sheep, bovine respiratory disease in feedlot cattle and infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis in beef calves. The combined impact of this work has been to provide producers, veterinarians, government agencies and industry groups with independent advice about the efficacy of relevant interventions.
Dr. O’Connor is an author of the REFLECT statement (2010), a reporting guideline for interventions involving livestock and food safety outcomes (similar to the CONSORT statement). Dr. O’Connor received a Bachelor Of Veterinary Science (BVSc) from the University of Sydney in 1993, a Masters of Veterinary Science (MVSc) from the University of Queensland in 1997 and a Doctoral of Veterinary Science (DVSc) from the University of Guelph in 2001. In 2009, Dr. O’Connor was admitted as a Fellow of Epidemiology to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Dr. O’Connor is Professor of Epidemiology at Iowa State University. Dr. O’Connor teaches epidemiology methods and inference in the Preventive Veterinary Medicine Program at Iowa State University the MPH program at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.
Challenges of EBVM as a RVN in a Practice Setting
Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014. Louise has contributed to over 35 books, journal articles and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control.
Louise worked spent 15 years working at PetMedics in Manchester firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director and in October 2015 Louise moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma patients, as well as anaesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control and wound management. Louise was delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing as well as in July 2016 being awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the RCVS for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing.
Effective dissemination: Building an ‘Evidence to Impact’ Strategy
Dan graduated from Dublin Vet School in 1987 and working in industry and general practice, including running his own small animal practice in Kent for 12 years, until 2009. Gained an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2010, followed by a PhD in 2013 based on developing the VetCompass Programme to collect primary-care practice data for epidemiological research. He continues to work at the RVC as the Kennel Club Charitable Trust ‘Companion Animal Epidemiologist’, expanding VetCompass applications to examine health and welfare issues across all companion species.
The use of an evidence based practice approach to promote active student engagement and life-long learning in an on-line Graduate Certificate Programme
Emma graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994. She worked in private small animal practice in the UK before returning to complete a residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Bristol. Emma then gained a Wellcome Trust Veterinary Studentship to study for her PhD in Immunology, investigating antigen-specific immunotherapy.
In 2002, Emma took up her current post of Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at University College Dublin, Ireland. With RCVS and European College Diplomas in Small Animal Medicine, Emma’s principal clinical interests include canine liver disease, inflammatory brain disease and autoimmune diseases.
Emma has a strong interest in Veterinary Education and gained a post-graduate diploma in University Teaching and Learning in 2015. She has recently designed and directed an on-line Graduate Certificate Programme in Small Animal Medicine aimed at promotion of an evidence-based practice approach to this subject.
Literature searching for evidence-based veterinary medicine: coping with zero hits
Emma Place has worked as the Subject Librarian for Veterinary Sciences and Oral and Dental Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK since 2009. She is a co-author of EBVMLearning – a free online tutorial teaching evidence-based veterinary medicine, funded by RCVS Knowledge. She has spent 11 years as a researcher in the Institute for Learning and Research Technology at Bristol, working on electronic library projects funded by JISC and the European Union; including Intute and the Virtual Training Suite. She now supports students at clinicians at the Bristol Vet School by providing Library services, and teaches literature searches for EBVM.
Efficacy of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs for the treatment of acute puerperal metritis in dairy cows
Alina Pohl is a Research Associate employed at the Animal Reproduction Clinic, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She graduated from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2012 and finished her doctoral thesis in 2016 about the diagnosis and threrapy of acute puerperal metritis in dairy cows considering animal welfare as well as reducing antibiotic use in cattle.
What if evidence lies outside veterinary practice?
Heather Powell is a fully qualified Dr Vodder School Manual Lymph Drainage therapist, and was the European School of Equine Lymphdrainage’s “first overseas candidate” to qualify as an Equine Manual Lymph Drainage practitioner. She introduced EMLD to the English language speaking world in 2006 and was the first qualified practitioner in the UK. She has had research published on the use of combined decongestive therapy with horses with chronic progressive lymphoedema.
EBVM as a vertical theme at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences
Kristen Reyher is a Senior Lecturer of Farm Animal Science at the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol. She has worked in livestock practice in three countries, and holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Cornell University as well as a PhD in veterinary epidemiology from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Kristen is the principal investigator for the Global Resource for Online EBVM Learning project funded by RCVS Knowledge. Her past accomplishments include successfully organising the data collection platform for Canada’s largest livestock research effort through the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network. She currently leads an interdisciplinary research group focussed on antimicrobial resistance as well as directs the first studies applying a counselling style called Motivational Interviewing to veterinarian-client communication.
Preliminary Evaluation of a Practice-Based EBVM Skills Development Program
Ian Robertson received his BVSc from Melbourne University in 1975. After 10 years in full time practice he completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and commenced teaching Veterinary Nurses. Whilst working full-time in adult and vocational education he continued to practice as a locum in a Melbourne based Emergency clinic for many years. He has also completed a Master in Distance Education and Doctor of Education with a focus on flexible delivery and e-learning. Prior to retirement from full time work he held a Senior Lecturer position in Education at a Melbourne university.
Systematic reviews of laboratory animal studies
Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga graduated as a veterinarian from Utrecht University in 1986. In her graduation year she wrote a literature review on the use of the rat in atherosclerosis research (Artery 1988). Her mission towards better science ánd better animal welfare simultaneously was born then. She did a PhD on Refinement in laboratory animal nutrition and was educated Animal Welfare Officer. From 1997-2005 she was professor in Laboratory Animal Science and Comparative Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark. From 2000-2004 she was the Vice president of the working groups, and from 2005-2006 she was the President of the FELASA board. Since 2005 she has been professor in Laboratory Animal Science at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Holland. Since 2008 her research group has focussed on the development of education and research in the field of systematic reviews of preclinical animal studies. In 2012 she founded SYRCLE (www.syrcle.nl).
Failures and successes in doing randomized controlled trials on dairy farms: lessons from the field
Dr. Ynte Schukken is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at GD Animal Health in Deventer, the Netherlands and a Professor of Management of Farm Animal Health at Wageningen University with a courtesy appointment as Professor of Farm Animal Disease Control Programs at the Veterinary College at Utrecht University. He served for 16 years as Professor of Epidemiology and Herd Health at Cornell University. He received his DVM degree from the University of Utrecht, in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1985 and his PhD from the same university in 1990.
Dr Schukken’s research approach is based on understanding epidemiology and pathobiology of the diseases and infections in animal populations. Dr. Schukken is interested in understanding population dynamics of infectious diseases in animal populations and in application of epidemiological, statistical and mathematical methods to animal disease research.
Investigating the use of gastroprotectants as a means of preventing iatrogenic gastrointestinal signs associated with immunosuppressive corticosteroid therapy. A retrospective study
Adam graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2013. After this, he spent 2 years in general practice where his interest in evidence based medicine developed. Adam undertook a rotating internship at Langford Veterinary Services and in the future he hopes to undertake a residency in internal medicine. Adam’s main clinical interests are immunology and gastroenterology and over the last year he has published several Knowledge Summaries in the journal Veterinary Evidence, where he is also an associate editor.
Mistakes, errors and foul-ups: practice-based evidence for evidence based practice
Mark Turner graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1996. His career has included spells as a veterinary surgeon and as a business owner. During this period he has developed an interest in patient safety and is currently undertaking a research Masters degree on patient safety culture in the profession, at the Royal Veterinary College.
Embedding EBVM into practice
Bradley was President of the RCVS from 2015-2016. Bradley qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1978 and after a year working as an assistant established his own small animal practice in Pinner, Middlesex. This has now grown to a group of five practices in North West London, employing approximately 40 support staff and nine veterinary surgeons.
His passion is for recognition of the skills required to become an advanced general practitioner, and to that end completed an MSc and then a Professional Doctorate with Middlesex University, concentrating on the application of clinical auditing to the veterinary profession.
Clinical audit experiences of veterinary surgeons undertaking farm animal work in the UK
Katie qualified from Bristol University in 2008. She worked in mixed and large animal practice for 5 years before starting a PhD in Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham. Katie is just coming to the end of her three year PhD, which has been focusing on the use of clinical audit in farm animal practice.
Clinical decision-making and treatment patterns in canine prolapsed nictitans and feline herpetic keratitis
Connie White completed her DVM and PhD (genetics) at Oregon State University and her internship at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in both large and small animal referral practice and currently works in a small animal first opinion practice in Portland, Oregon. She is currently completing her MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics (University of Southern California) in collaboration with Nottingham’s Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine.
Collaboration as a key feature of equine evidence-based research: a laminitis case study
Claire graduated as a vet from the University of Edinburgh in 2004 and was subsequently awarded an MSc in Equine Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2007. For 18 months she was a member of the epidemiology department at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket, and in 2008 she commenced her PhD on the epidemiology of equine laminitis in conjunction with the AHT and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She was awarded her doctorate by the RVC in 2012. Claire is currently employed as the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust Resident in Clinical Research at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket, and is a Resident of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. Claire’s main areas of research have been equine observational epidemiology, particularly Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) and laminitis.