Evidence-based practice? An evolution is necessary for bovine practitioners, teachers, and researchers

Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2012 Mar;28(1):133-9, x. doi: 10.1016/j.cvfa.2011.12.007. Epub 2012 Feb 1.


We suggest a definition of evidence-based veterinary medicine that takes into account its objectives and practicality. We view it as an information tool that does not replace experience but helps to improve background knowledge and solve clinical foreground questions. It could be defined as the use of accurate, informative, and clear summarized information (abstracts) of high-level research studies that is obtained quickly via free-access databases available via the Internet and that is provided by a proactive veterinary scientific community in search of transparency, accountability, and evidence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Clinical Competence
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Veterinary Medicine / standards*