NARILIS meets Bachelor students in Veterinary medicine

In the frame of the clinical epidemiology course given by Prof. Jean-Michel Vandeweerd, Bachelor students in Veterinary medicine were asked to perform a group work on a clinical question, building on the concept of evidence-based medicine (EBM). The aim of this exercise is to illustrate how the EBM approach can be applied to answer practical questions using published epidemiological data. The steps involve formulating a clear and concise question, searching the scientific publications that are available to answer the question, assessing their quality, and deciding whether they can be applied to the case. The application of EBM should allow these future veterinarians to make the best decisions in their daily veterinary practice. Furthermore, this work confronted them with an insight into scientific research and publication. The project had the support of the scientific journals Le Point Vétérinaire and Pratique Vétérinaire Equine! Best works will be submitted for publication!

On November 25, 2021, after having presented orally the results of their group works, the veterinary students had the opportunity to learn more about NARILIS. The President of our institute, Prof. Charles Nicaise, gave an introduction on NARILIS' key missions and research goals. It was also the occasion to remind students of the existence of the research-student program. Each year, motivated Bachelor students are getting involved in NARILIS research projects and are invited to take part in the writing of protocols, the data collection and analysis, the publication of the results in a scientific journal and, in some cases, the presentation of a communication during a scientific meeting. One of those students, Denis Stas, shared with the audience his experience as a research-student during the academic year 2020-2021 and presented the conclusions of his brilliant work (Study of the impact of cast-mediated immobilization and tibial osteotomy on structure and mineral density of metatarsal bones in the sheep).

Through this initiative, NARILIS seeks to raise awareness of students that research is enjoyable and not out of reach!