EBVM Learning is a new online tutorial, introducing the concepts of Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM) – and it is officially launched today (30th October 2015). I have been involved throughout the project, advising on website structure, content, functionality, and developing the website itself. The site uses WordPress.
The official press release is reproduced here:
The EBVM Learning Consortium would like to announce the launch of an open access, online tutorial aimed at making Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM) accessible to the veterinary profession worldwide. This extensive international team with a collective passion for delivering high-quality teaching of EBVM has developed a coherent web tutorial designed to introduce learners to the key concepts of EBVM.
The resource, funded by the RCVS Knowledge Target Grants initiative, begins with an introductory module – the ABCs of EBVM – and is then organised into modules addressing the five key areas of EBVM:
- Ask – how to formulate answerable questions
- Acquire – how to obtain relevant information
- Appraise – how to evaluate the available evidence
- Apply – how to apply the evidence to clinical practice
- Assess – how to measure the effect of any implemented changes
The tool has been created by marrying engaging content with accessible and usable technical design in order to encourage and facilitate re-use in a wide variety of familiar and unexpected settings as well as a number of platforms and devices. The tool will be appropriate for students and practitioners for self-study, and it is also envisaged that the resource will be used in whole or in part as standalone teaching modules to support other EBVM teaching or CPD. The resource utilises best pedagogical approaches, and includes formative multiple choice questions, short tasks and recommendations for further study. It is intended to be a base of knowledge bringing together the basics of EBVM into one place, and highlights numerous other links to resources and organisations that are available to further learners’ knowledge about the subject.
It is hoped that the development of this resource will increase awareness of EBVM in the veterinary profession, and allow practitioners the opportunity to develop the skills needed to utilise EBVM in everyday clinical practice.