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2017 AAZV Call for Abstracts

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) is seeking proposals from veterinary professionals who would like to present at the 2017 AAZV 49th Annual Conference, September 23-29, 2017 in Dallas, TX, USA.

AAZV announces 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:

  • Emerging infectious diseases

  • Invertebrates:
    Updates and innovations in invertebrate medicine, surgery, research, and technique
  • Urban wildlife health and management with an emphasis on the zoo interface:
    Zoos are typically in cities where the wildlife is often managed by natural resource agencies. Free-ranging wildlife can pose a problem for zoos and may be managed for biosecurity, public health or protection of the captive collection. Urban wildlife ecology and management, as a science, has evolved from largely a “nuisance/removal” activity to one that tries to both understand the ecology of animals in the city and mitigate conflicts through more holistic approaches. Sharing perspectives on the important intersection between wildlife managers, wildlife ecologists, and zoo personnel can foster greater understanding of how to maximize wildlife and zoo collection health. Discussing options for biosecurity management available to wildlife agencies and zoo veterinarians will enhance disease mitigation.

  • Behavior and Welfare

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 March 3, 2017.
  • Submissions must be properly formatted. Guidelines can be found at the AAZV website.
  • 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 two oral presentations 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 potential awards and available competitions:

Submission website

  • Submissions will be hosted and managed on the OmniPress Catalyst website. 
    Go to
  • If you already have an account in CATALYST, Login.
  • If you do not have an account in CATALYST, Register. An email will be sent to you.
    Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled, “Confirm Account.”
    *A turquoise box will pop up at the top of your screen indicating you have created a submission.
  • Read the Instructions tab.
  • Complete all the required fields on all the tabs.
  • Click “Save,” on the bottom right of your screen after you complete each tab.
  • Click on the “Publish” button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.


AAZV requires the submission of full abstracts in lieu of title summaries
. Please note the following information:

  • Abstracts MUST adhere to AAZV formatting guidelines. Guidelines can be found on the AAZV website. 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 April 27, 2017.
  • Accepted presenters will be expected to provide the final abstract or paper for the proceedings by May 18, 2017 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. Kristen Phair at

Kristen Phair, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Scientific Program Coordinator
Susie Bartlett, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Chair
Allison Tuttle, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Co-Chair
Mike Adkesson, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, AAZV President-elect
Rob Hilsenroth, DVM, AAZV Executive Director,


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