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2016 AAZV Call for Abstracts


The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV) and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) are jointly seeking proposals from veterinary professionals who would like to present at the 2016 Joint AAZV/EAZWV/IZW Conference, July 16 – 22, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, USA.

AAZV, EAZWV, and IZW announce an open call for papers.
Submissions on all topics related to zoo and wildlife medicine are welcome. The Scientific Program Committee is particularly interested in submissions on the following subjects:

·       Aquatic animal medicine

·       One health

·       Emerging infectious diseases

·       Transport of animals, equipment, drugs across borders (particularly between North America and the European Union)

·       Tips, tricks and case reports

·       Transboundary diseases

·       Veterinary outreach

·       EEHV

·       Wildlife Field Research

Note that submissions regarding the management of single cases will be considered for acceptance only if they provide substantive clinical, pathological, or research information, such as the use of novel therapeutics or diagnostics.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submission deadline is November 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EST.
  • Abstracts should be submitted on-line by clicking HERE or type 
  • Submissions must be properly formatted. Guidelines can be found at the AAZV website. LINK
  • If a poster or abstract has been presented elsewhere, previously published, or is submitted/in press elsewhere, the author must provide a "reprinted with permission” statement from the other organization. Full manuscripts that have been previously published elsewhere are not acceptable.
  • All presenters must register for the conference.
  • The primary/submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the submission. It is the responsibility of the primary author to contact co-authors of this confirmation.  
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts you can submit, but a maximum of one oral presentation will be accepted per individual.
  • All veterinary students, veterinarians completing post-graduate training programs and graduate students are encouraged to consult the AAZV website for available awards and competitions:


AAZV requires the submission of full abstracts in lieu of title summaries. 
This change was implemented in 2013 in order to better equip session chairs to choose the most appropriate presentations. Please note the following information:

  • Abstracts MUST adhere to AAZV formatting guidelines. Guidelines can be found on the AAZV website or by clicking LINK. Non-adherence to formatting guidelines will have a negative impact on selection. Authors wishing to submit full papers for the conference proceedings will be asked to do so after the abstract has been selected for inclusion in the conference scientific program.
  • Authors will be allowed the opportunity to provide minor revisions to their abstracts after they have been selected for inclusion in the conference scientific program.
  • Authors wishing to pursue publication in peer-reviewed journals are advised to limit their abstract to less than 250 words to avoid potential conflicts with later publication.

Evaluation Procedures and Deadlines

  • The AAZV Scientific Program Committee and the session chairpersons will review all submissions and make selections for inclusion in the conference program.
  • Proposals constituting sales pitches for products or services will not be considered.
  • Notification of accepted presentations and posters will be made by January 25, 2016.
  • Accepted presenters will be expected to provide the final abstract or paper for the proceedings by February 13, 2016 and adhere to all submission guidelines.
  • Complete instructions for speaker, poster, and paper presentations will be provided upon notification of acceptance.

Contact Information

Please direct questions regarding the conference scientific program to Dr. Allison Tuttle at:

Allison D. Tuttle, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Scientific Program Chair

Deena Brenner, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Committee Chair


Hanspeter W. Steinmetz, Dr. med. vet., M.Sc., Dipl. ACZM

EAZWV Scientific Program Committee, Scientific Program Co-Chair

Gudrun Wibbelt, Dr. med. vet., Dipl. ECZM (Wildlife Population Health)

IZW Scientific Program Committee, Scientific Program Co-Chair


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