RCVS Knowledge is inviting applications for its second round of Target Grants, which will fund the development of short courses in evidence-based medicine for veterinary professionals.

The courses will help professionals advance their skills in applying evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) techniques in day-to-day practical decision-making.

The courses will also focus on enabling practitioners to contribute their skills and knowledge to the wider community, by producing Knowledge Summaries (or critically appraised topics) on specific areas of veterinary care.

Rita Jorge, Head of Research at RCVS Knowledge, said: “Our first round of Target Grants was about quantifying the veterinary caseload – identifying the most frequently seen conditions in different types of practices.

She continued: “Target Grants 2 will provide learning resources to enable practitioners to contribute to the knowledge base around these conditions. Developing a practitioner’s skills in locating, evaluating and summarising the evidence for a particular clinical question not only answers that person’s question, it provides the answer for the rest of the community.

She added: “We saw at our recent EBVM conference that there is a hugely enthusiastic community of veterinary professionals who want to contribute in an effective, time-efficient way to evidence-based practice. Target Grants 2 will help them to do that.”

Once developed, the EBVM courses will be provided by RCVS Knowledge to the wider community through a Creative Commons License, so that practitioners around the world will be able to use the teaching and learning tools.

Applications are open to all individuals and organisations internationally and the EBVM Network is especially encouraged to participate. Proposals can be for classroom and/or online delivery, or other mediums that will deliver engaging content and stimulate learning outcomes.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16th January 2015.

Further information, including full application criteria, is available at www.rcvsknowledge.org/grants/available-grants