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Professor Lance Lanyon recently published an article in Veterinary Record (Lanyon, 2016) proposing a nationwide Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM) system of veterinary-practice data collection, management and interrogation. The goal is to use data from UK practices to aid “the understanding of the links between the cause, prevalence and treatment of disease.”His article describes the need for such a system, and possible mechanisms to pay for it. Professor Lanyon’s article started an important conversation about the role all practices can play in EBVM, so Veterinary Evidence asked Professor Lanyon to expand on some of his ideas.

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