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2019 AAZV Call for Abstracts

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) is seeking proposals from veterinary professionals who would like to present at the 2019 AAZV 51st Annual Conference, September 28- October 4, 2019 in St. Louis, MO, 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:

· Animal welfare and quality of life assessment

· One health: the interface of human, animal, and environmental medicine

· Reproduction in zoo medicine

· Leadership

· Nutrition joint session with the Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG) with specific interest in the following:

    Supplementation: supplement use and best practices relating to joint health

    Obesity: management, prevalence, cause and effects

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 novel therapeutics or diagnostics.

Submission Guidelines

· Open Call begins January 22, 2019.  Submission deadline is March 3, 2019.

· Submissions must be properly formatted and MUST adhere to the conference formatting guidelines found at

· 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:


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

· For abstract submission:

· 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 Scientific Program Committee and the session chairpersons will review all submissions and make selections for inclusion in the conference program.

· Scoring of the abstracts is based on the following four criteria:

  1. Relevance - Does the abstract contain information that the majority of attendees would find relevant to their work?
  2. Results - Does this abstract contains tangible results and sound conclusions? (Note that abstracts that state “data will be presented” or “subject will be discussed” will be scored low.)
  3. Impact - Does this abstract provide meaningful educational impact for the majority of attendees?
  4. Originality - Does this abstract offer new information that is not already well-documented in the scientific literature?

· Proposals constituting sales pitches for products or services will not be considered.

· Notification of accepted presentations and posters will be made by April 27, 2019.

· Accepted presenters will be expected to provide the final abstract or paper for the proceedings by May 18, 2019 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. Alicia Hahn at

Alicia Hahn, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Scientific Program Coordinator

Kristen Phair, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Chair

Sam Rivera, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Co-Chair

Leigh Clayton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, AAZV President-elect

Rob Hilsenroth, DVM, AAZV Executive Director,