Veterinary Practice News Evidence-based Medicine Column

Last summer, I was asked to take over the Evidence-based Medicine Column (previous the Alternative Medicine Column) in the trade magazine Veterinary Practice News from Dr. Narda Robinson. This was an excellent opportunity to  illustrate the principles and techniques of evidence-based medicine in action, evaluating specific medical practices and discussing general issues related to EBM. Some of these columns will cover alternative therapies, but many focus on conventional medical therapies as well, since I have always advocated evaluating all therapies by the same, science-based standards. I will keep a running collection of links to these columns here as each becomes available to the public, as well as occasionally posting those with content that hasn’t appeared here before. Enjoy!


A new perspective on evidence-based medicine
July 27, 2017

Cannabis-based remedies lack reliable clinical evidence for veterinary use
August 9, 2017

Pros, cons of surgical sterilization, neutering options for females
September 14, 2017

Surgical sterilization, neutering options for male cats, dogs
November 21, 2017

Yunnan baiyao for patients with hemorrhage, neoplasia
December 11, 2017

Probiotics and today’s pets
January 10, 2018

Why do we run diagnostic tests?
February 7, 2018

Pheromones’ therapeutic use in animals
March 14, 2018



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5 Responses to Veterinary Practice News Evidence-based Medicine Column

  1. Robert Nix DVM says:

    With the alphabet soup of certifications veterinarians add behind their degrees, I have not seen the cVMA and would like to know what it means.

  2. skeptvet says:

    It stands for “certificate in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture.” Since I am quite skeptical of acupuncture and critical of many of the claims made about it, I elected to take a certification course run by Dr. Narda Robinson at CSU so that I could honestly say I had thoroughly and fairly considered the arguments and and evidence presented by defenders of the practice. I blogged the experience of the course here, and while it didn’t do much to change my views on the subject, it was an interesting exploration of a controversial topic.

  3. art malernee dvm says:

    I noticed Veterinary Practice News pulled the controversial online Dr Poll article written by a lawyer. I thought it was well written and very informative. Probably their most important article with maybe the exception of your articles. Good luck.

  4. Bob says:

    I find it suspect that this article omitted any mention of the studies done in regards to long term benefits of OS procedure.

  5. skeptvet says:

    If you read the article, you will note that I specifically said I wasn’t going to talk about risks and benefits of spaying in general because 1200 words is barely enough space to talk about the evidence regarding the differences between the specific procedures. I have addressed the debates about whether and when to spay in detail elsewhere. For example:

    This collection of all my articles on neutering.

    My detailed review of the research evidence on risks and benefits of neutering

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