ABSTRACT: The practice of evidence-based veterinary nursing is a day one skill expected of veterinary nurses, and veterinary nursing educators are required to prepare student veterinary nurses to meet this competency. This article reviewed the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine’s course “Using an evidence- based approach in your practice” from the perspective of two Veterinary nursing educators. This four-month blended learning course covered the importance of evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) to veterinary professionals, how to ask answerable questions, search and review the evidence, and how to utilise EBVM in a practical way through goal-setting, evidence reviews and clinical audits. The authors found this course rewarding and beneficial to their role as educators and reflective practitioners.


Louise A. Buckley BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), PG Cert (TLHEP), PGDip, PhD, RVN

Louise is an experienced RVN with research interests in animal behaviour and welfare and raw food feeding. She has a PhD in poultry behaviour and divides her time between veterinary nursing and lecturing. She is passionate about nurses engaging more with research.

Email: louisebuckleydyson@msn.com


Emily qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2007, and has worked in small animal first-opinion practice ever since. Emily now teaches veterinary nursing students on the Foundation degree at Nottingham Trent University, and continues to work in practice at weekends.

Keywords: Evidence-based veterinary nursing; continued professional
development; EBVM; clinical governance; BestBETs

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 32 (10) • October 2017 pp289-293

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