Strengthening our bond to improve animals' lives

11th International Veterinary Behavior Meeting

September 14-17, 2017
Samorin, Slovakia

Abstract submission instructions

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using Microsoft MS Word file. The
abstract must be submitted online ( Place your email in CC
for verification of delivery. In the subject line indicate your name, abstract
submission, and a number of the submission (if submitting more than one). For
example John Smith Abstract 2.

Abstracts must be submitted on or before March 15th, 2017. Authors will be notified
by the committee by May 1st, 2017. Authors expected to confirm their acceptance
and attendance by May 15th, 2017.

There are three categories for abstract submission:

1. Long spoken presentations (25 minutes, plus 5 minutes discussion) – e.g.
data-based, original finished scientific research or reviews ready for
2. Shorter spoken presentations (10 minutes, plus 5 minutes discussion) – e.g
case reports, treatment regimes, data-based content or other material about
ongoing research;
3. Poster presentations – e.g. case reports, treatment regimes, data-based
content or other material. Authors may be asked to give a brief presentation
(1-2 minutes) on their poster;

A maximum of 2 abstracts may be submitted by each person for presentation. In
addition, up to 2 posters can be submitted by any person. Delegates presenting
posters must be present for each day of the Congress when the poster is presented.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Abstracts will be
assessed based on the importance of the research, the scientific merit and quality of
the work, and the clarity of the abstract. Based on reviewers’ opinions and comments
it is possible that abstract will be accepted to a different category than the once
requested. (e.g., a long presentation may be accepted for short presentation or
poster, and poster abstract might be requested to present as short presentation.)

Research abstracts should include the following components:
1. An introduction – a few sentences introducing the study and its objectives;
2. Methodology – including a description of participants (both human and
animal), such as number (n), type, age, gender, and species, and a
description of the study design, data collection, data analysis and apparatus
used. This may include qualitative research, papers on ethical analysis, and
law reports;
3. Main results – including, where appropriate, statistical tests, significance level
and actual test value (e.g., F(df) = ?, p < 0.05);
4. Principal conclusions and implications for the field;

Critical review abstracts should include the following components:
1. An introduction (a clear statement of the purpose of the review);
2. Key literature references to theory, concepts, evidence or methodology that
have been reviewed or re-evaluated;
3. Main findings;
4. Principal conclusions and implications for the field;

Case series, case reports or descriptions of aspects of clinical practice abstracts
should include the following components:
1. An introduction (anamnesis, aetiology, background information regarding the
2. Key literature references to theory, concepts, evidence or methodology;
3. Diagnosis, case management, and evidence base;
4. Principal conclusions and implications for the field;

Abstract formatting instructions

(Abstracts submitted not according to these guidelines will not be accepted.)
1. All abstracts should be written in British English;
2. Use Arial font size 12;
3. Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words (not including title, names, and
4. First line: indicate presentation category in capital letters (e.g., LONG or
5. Second line: indicate which session the abstract is submitted (e.g.,
6. Third line: indicate the type of abstract submitted (e.g., RESEARCH,
7. Fourth line: Title of the abstract in bold;
8. Fifth line: name of author(s). Please underline the presenting author.
9. Sixth line: e-mail address of presenting author.
10.All abstracts should include a statement of any conflict of interest after the
author details. This should include information about affiliations, research
funders, memberships for all authors that may be taken into account by
readers when evaluating the research;
11.Then leave two blank lines;
12.On the next line, the text of the abstract;
13.Indent first line in each paragraph and leave a one-line gap between
14.When using uncommon abbreviations, spell out in full when first mentioned,
followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate in the title of
the abstract
15.Do not include tables or diagrams in the abstract
16.Send a second copy of the abstract that is blinded:
a. Use the above guidelines for format;
b. Indicated, as above, category, session, and type of abstract;
c. Do not include authors name(s);
d. The blinded abstract should not include any country or institution name
(e.g., University of Bristol, or Italy). Instead use the word “[REMOVED]”
(e.g., University of [REMOVED], survey of dogs in [REMOVED]);
e. Do not use names of authors in the abstract, for example: “subjects
were recruited by the first author”.

The Scientific Committee will contact the first authors to inform them if their abstracts
have been accepted. The decisions of the Committee are final. Responsibility for the
programme lies with the Scientific Committee. The abstracts will be published as
scientific proceedings. The author is responsible for the quality of English and we
suggest that all abstracts are checked by a native English speaking person.
However, they will be edited by a native English speaking person, prior to publishing,
for clarity.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the official proceedings of the meeting. In
addition, owners who elect, and consent, can have their abstract published following
the meeting in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and

For questions regarding submission of abstracts contact:
Please indicate “question about submission” in the
subject line.

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Carolyn Lincoln, DVM
AVSAB Corresponding Secretary

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