Available Until 5/24/2024

Symposium on Animal Systematic Reviews*

This three hour online symposium moderated by members of the Animal and Veterinary Information Specialist Caucus will include introductions to representatives from organizations and institutions involved in animal evidence synthesis, a roundtable discussion and audience Q&A. 

This course is an approved elective for Level II of the Systematic Review Services Specialization that will launch in 2023.

Learning Objectives

To define commonalities between groups working on animal systematic reviews for differing purposes – clinical, research, animal welfare, food, climate/sustainability, conservation 

To identify how animal systematic review methods differ across organizations  

To elucidate how librarians, researchers and journal editors can create a culture that values evidence synthesis and the use of guidelines in animal studies  

To document resources for animal systematic reviews

To identify common questions and unique problems that arise when searching for animal literature 


Format – 3 hour online symposium over Zoom 

First hour –Introductions by organizations/individuals working on animal systematic reviews 

[10 minute break] 

Second hour – panel discussion with presenters from the first hour – Discussion questions: 

  • Why do we need animal systematic reviews? 
  • Evidence synthesis cannot be done alone. What should evidence synthesis be, and how can we effectively explain this purpose to veterinarians, researchers and animal stakeholders? How do you explain different types of evidence synthesis projects? What should be pre-registered?  Are we adequately generating and promoting novel questions that need to be asked/answered in the animal literature  
  • How do you carry out animal systematic reviews/evidence synthesis? Provide a brief overview of process and technology. Do you include different levels of evidence/different study types than you might in a human health project? 
  • What issues/problems/funny things do you encounter that are unique to completing animal systematic reviews? 
  • What do you see as the next steps for animal systematic reviews? How can they best impact policy and practice? 

[10 minute break] 

Third hour – Q&A discussion – questions submitted in advance at registration and demonstration of CABI searchRxiv 

MLA CE Credits: 3