NVS collaboration with CEVM to put research into practice!

The team at the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM) based at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science are pleased to announce that NVS are going to help us establish our Veterinary Clinical Trials Network (VCTN). The VCTN is a rapidly expanding network of over 70 veterinary practices and multiple Practice Management Software systems (PMSs), coordinated by the CEVM. The CEVM was established in 2009, aiming to carry out research addressing questions relevant to veterinary practitioners and animal owners. This research aims to improve the evidence base available for decision making in practice, and ultimately to improve animal treatment and care.

We have done lots of different research projects from chronic kidney disease in cats, to vaccination of cows to colic in horses. Have a look at our website to find out more: www.nottingham.ac.uk/cevm. For the VCTN, the CEVM have developed a method for automated patient data extraction from the PMS, allowing anonymised information on “real life” patients to be collected in a prospective manner, providing valuable data for veterinary clinical trials. This method has been created in collaboration with the SPVS VetXML consortium and the Advanced Data Analysis Centre (ADAC) at the University of Nottingham. At present NVS are working with the CEVM to establish how this method can be implemented with the Vetcom Windows system. The CEVM and NVS will contact all our veterinary practice customers directly, to offer the opportunity for each practice to become involved. Participation is completely voluntary and no patient data will be extracted without the consent of the veterinary practice.

If you and your practice are interested in contributing to valuable veterinary research, to improve the evidence base for veterinary practice, and the care of your patients, please contact us:


Hannah Doit (CEVM PhD student): svxhd@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Dr Rachel Dean (Director of the CEVM): Rachel.Dean@nottingham.ac.uk