Teaching Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine in the US and Canada. Academic Article uri icon


  • There is no comprehensive review of the extent to which evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) is taught in AVMA-accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the US and Canada. We surveyed teaching faculty and librarians at these institutions to determine what EBVM skills are currently included in curricula, how they are taught, and to what extent librarians are involved in this process. Librarians appear to be an underused resource, as 59% of respondents did not use librarians/library resources in teaching EBVM. We discovered that there is no standard teaching methodology nor are there common learning activities for EBVM among our survey respondents, who represent 22 institutions. Respondents reported major barriers to inclusion such as a perceived shortage of time in an already-crowded course of study and a lack of high-quality evidence and point-of-care tools. Suggestions for overcoming these barriers include collaborating with librarians and using new EBVM online teaching resources.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Med Educ

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Shurtz, S., Fajt, V., Heyns, E. P., Norton, H. F., & Weingart, S.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Shurtz, Suzanne||Fajt, Virginia||Heyns, Erla P||Norton, Hannah F||Weingart, Sandra

publication date

  • November 2017