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RCVS Charitable Trust re-launches as RCVS Knowledge

5 July 2013

The RCVS Charitable Trust, has today [5 July 2013] announced a complete rebranding that includes a change of name – RCVS Knowledge – and the refocus of its mission on supporting the flourishing evidence based veterinary medicine (EBVM) movement across the globe.

RCVS Knowledge logoFor the past 50 years, the charity has been known as a small funder of veterinary research and the home of the only freely-accessible library for the practising veterinary community in the UK.

Nick Royle, Executive Director of RCVS Knowledge said: “RCVS Knowledge is a name that encompasses our three core offerings: historical knowledge represented by our valuable Historical Collection, present knowledge, represented by our library, and future knowledge, represented by the new evidence based veterinary medicine project, which is underpinned by our grants programme.

“The re-launch goes further than a mere name change, and comes as the charity refocuses its efforts to become a global intermediary for EBVM.”

This is a direction reached following a period of consultation, and on the back of a successful symposium on the subject held at the end of 2012.

“Today, veterinary surgeons and nurses are required to take account of an ever-increasing pool of scientific data, the owners’ values and preferences, and their own clinical expertise when making clinical decisions,” said Nick, former CEO of the human evidence based medicine resource, The Cochrane Collaboration.

“RCVS Knowledge is ideally placed to generate, collate and distribute this information to support evidence based practices. We aim to develop tools to assist practitioners to quickly make well-informed treatment decisions,” he added.

“The re-launch goes further than a mere name change, and comes as the charity refocuses its efforts to become a global intermediary for EBVM.”

As part of the new direction, the Historical Collection will be made accessible and available online, following a start-up grant from the Wellcome Trust.

Clare Boulton, Head of Library and Information Services, said: “The Collection contains priceless and fascinating material, covering topics such as early horse-care and management, veterinary expeditions of discovery through Africa, and research that made the British Cavalry horses of 1914 the finest in the world.

“But this is just the beginning. If you have relevant experience or some funds that could help us, please get in touch.”

Meanwhile, RCVS Knowledge’s Library and Information Service will be re-designed to make it much more than shelves of journals, but rather a resource with the capacity to steer first-rate care and innovation, and an information engine capable of driving evidence based veterinary medicine at a global level.

The Grants and Awards program, for which the former RCVS Charitable Trust has been known, will be redesigned to celebrate professional excellence, and to address gaps in veterinary knowledge.

“We are aware of the responsibilities that veterinary surgeons and nurses face every day and feel we are in a position to support their decision making.

“We would like to urge every veterinary professional with an interest in EBVM, a curiosity about the history of their profession or a need to access up-to-date research to get in touch, so that we can keep you up to date with developments,” concluded Nick.

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