RCVS Knowledge - Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

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Wednesday May 24, 2023

Sally Everitt speaks with Barbara Glanemann and Karen Humm from the Royal Veterinary College about their involvement in the research into the clinical features and causes of the outbreak of cases of pancytopenia in cats that occurred in the UK in Spring 2021.
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Thursday May 04, 2023

In this Knowledge Natter, Lou Northway speaks to Eloise Collins, Head Veterinary Nurse at Beech House Veterinary Centre, who used checklists, auditing, benchmarking, team meetings and journal clubs to help improve patient care and outcomes and to improve practice culture. Eloise helped to create psychological safety amongst the team through her open and honest approach. Eloise became Knowledge Award Quality Improvement Champion for her work in 2022. 
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Thursday Apr 13, 2023

In this Audio Summary, Amelia looks at whether environmental modification is superior to medical management in the treatment of feline idiopathic cystitis. Read the full Knowledge Summary here.
Audio Summaries are a free resource that enables vets and vet nurses to access and digest relevant and up-to-date evidence quicker and easier. A time-saving way to make better and faster evidence-based decisions.
Please find the transcript for this episode by following the above link to the full Knowledge Summary and clicking 'Audio Summary'.

Tuesday Apr 04, 2023

In this Knowledge Natter, Lou Northway, Clinical Lead RVN, talks to vets Sophie Gilbert and Lucy Leicester from Vets Now about their award-winning project using audit and guidelines for the management of dystocia cases. Knowledge Natters are friendly, informal discussions with our Knowledge Award Champions and those who are empowered by Quality Improvement in their work. (Recorded March 2023)
You can read the transcript here.
You can read the Vets Now Ltd case example here.

Friday Mar 24, 2023

Listen to our two Clinical Leads, Tim Nuttall and Tim Mair, introduce this education platform and explain how you can get the most out of it!
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VetTeamAMR - Companion Animal and Equine will be available to all users of the Learn platform soon. 
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Thursday Mar 16, 2023

In this episode of For the Record, we hear a discussion between Lacey Pitcher, Emily Craven, Daniel Denness and Kirstie Pickles. Together they discuss what neurodiversity means, the similarities and differences in their experiences, and how they would like to see understanding and awareness of neurodiversity change in the future.
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Friday Mar 10, 2023

Listen to Farm Vet Champions Clinical Lead, Fiona Lovatt, talk to NOAH's Senior Technical Policy Manager, Lucy Coyne, about how farm vets can use the our SMART goals tool and the Livestock Vaccine Guideline to build confidence in their vaccine protocols and support those vet-farmer conversations. Both of these free resources support the Farm Vet Champions mantra: Plan, Prevent, Protect.
To start seeing positive changes in your herd and flock health, set and track your SMART goals here: Dashboard (rcvsknowledge.org)
To sign the NOAH pledge or access the Livestock Vaccine Guideline, visit: https://www.noahlvg.co.uk/
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Tuesday Feb 07, 2023

Dr Kit Sturgess, Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Evidence spoke with the winners of our 2022 Veterinary Evidence Student Awards - Sarah Daphne Foo, Maxim Bembinov and Narakhanti Soenardi about their experiences of writing Knowledge Summaries for Veterinary Evidence and how it felt to be published in a peer reviewed journal before graduating. 
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Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

Sally Everitt speaks with Matthew Rendle about how we can improve the care of rabbits in veterinary practice, make best use of the evidence that we have, and develop further evidence for the future.
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Thursday Dec 22, 2022

This session was recorded during the SPVS VMG Congress on the 13th May 2022.
In addition to traversing the terrain of chronic staffing resource shortages and withstanding the onslaught of the pandemic, the veterinary professions in the UK were then hit with a tidal wave of new pets. Caseload increases of 50% faced diminished and fatigued teams. Fortunately, veterinary teams are problem-solvers and solution-finders. We innovate, we improve, we learn and we share. What we have learnt are new ways of working, born out of necessity, to address the caseload: staffing imbalance. In this session we discuss how system and process changes can significantly reduce the time it takes to perform our roles, how we can implement and measure these changes, making sure we can get to the other side of the caseload peak successfully.
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Speaker: Dr Laura Playforth BVM&S MSc Adv HCP (Open) MRCVS, Vice-Chair of QIAB
Laura qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1999. After working in a variety of small animal practices in Yorkshire for eight years, she moved into Emergency and Critical Care as a Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Vets Now. In the early part of her career at Vets Now, Laura successfully led three different out-of-hours emergency clinics, before being promoted to the role of District Vet and then on to the Head of Veterinary Standards role. Today, she is Vets Now’s Professional Standards Director and is responsible for driving clinical and professional standards. She has extensive experience in utilising clinical benchmarking, governance and guidelines in order to embed best practice across the company's network. More recent developments Laura and her team have led have focused on patient safety, the use of checklists and significant event review reporting. Laura also works closely with the Vets Now marketing department on a wide variety of digital content, media and PR work. Laura has an MSc in advancing healthcare practice with the Open University, which aims to develop skills in evidence-based practice, policy development and innovation to facilitate sustainable improvements in care quality. She hopes to bring a fresh and open mind to the QIAB, drawing on more than a decade of experience of clinical leadership in a nationwide provider of first-opinion emergency and critical care.

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