A new mobile app called VETbytes goes live today, providing veterinary surgeons, nurses and animal healthcare teams with an extensive library of concise medical summaries drawn from global guidelines and peer-reviewed journals. The web-based App has been launched in collaboration with the BSAVA, with discounted subscription fees for members and free access to veterinary students.
Founded by veterinary surgeons’ Dr Zoe Coker and Dr Bronwen Eastwood, VETbytes addresses the need for a mobile-friendly centralised resource of practical and evidence-based clinical guides that vets can access quickly and easily.
The Emergency Medicine app is the first part of a substantially developing resource for vets, nurses and practice teams. Created in association with first opinion vets, nurses and specialists, VETbytes provides the perfect balance of expertise and practicality.
“There is rarely time during the working day to read all the necessary journals, articles and up-to-date texts”, said Coker. “VETbytes collates all the evidence on a specific medical condition and consolidates it into a short synopsis called a Keep it Simple Summary (KISS).”
The goal of VETbytes is summarised by Eastwood: "The intention is to reduce stress in the workplace while improving clinical outcomes," she said.
VETbytes was launched in collaboration with the BSAVA, whose guiding principle is to promote clinical excellence and evidence-based education to the veterinary community.
“BSAVA is excited and proud to be involved in the VETbytes project, which should provide significant benefits and support for our members,” said BSAVA President Professor Ian Ramsey. “Every busy small animal clinician should try out VETbytes as it is a real paradigm shift in mobile resources for vets.”
The summaries are readable in a few minutes and will guide veterinary professionals through the whole patient journey, enabling them to integrate the latest evidence-based guidance into their clinical workflow.
The VETbytes app currently covers more than 100 topics developed in consultation with more than 25 veterinary experts. Further benefits include drug (and CRI) calculators, a quick reference section and links to hundreds of source abstracts. The content encourages reflective learning and can be used towards CPD hours.
Available at the point of care on mobile, iPad or desktop, veterinary professionals can access the answers to their clinical questions, when and where they need them.
To start a free trial or subscribe to the VETbytes app, visit the VETbytes website here.
To become a member of the BSAVA, visit the member categories page here.