Call for Abstracts

The 11th Symposium of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
August 19-21, 2020

Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

The organisers of the 11th International Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine and 2nd Scientific Meeting European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation invite veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary technicians, physical therapist assistants, other veterinary professionals, researchers, and students to submit abstracts for consideration for podium or poster presentations. All abstracts undergo a blinded peer review process by a scientific committee.

Accepted abstracts (research and clinical) will be published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica through BioMed Central and indexed in PubMed Central.

Proceedings of the 10th IAVRPT Symposium are available here

The IAVRPT symposium will focus on ‘Rehabilitation for All Creatures, Great and Small’ as we strive to strengthen the link between human and veterinary rehabilitation medicine.

We are inviting the submission of abstracts, for oral or poster presentation, describing research related to the science and practice of topics relevant to small animal and equine rehabilitation. 

Research Abstracts

Abstracts submitted for consideration for the research session should be based on a scientific investigation to test a hypothesis.  The research may be conducted in a laboratory or clinical setting, but must have adequate controls or similar groups to prove or disprove the hypothesis.

Clinical Abstracts

Abstracts submitted for consideration for the clinical session include case reports of unique cases or case series of similar cases. Adequate follow-up evaluation and outcome measures should be reported.

Evaluation is a two-step process

  1. After scoring, submissions will be ranked and selected for podium presentations in order of scored superiority until all available podium positions are filled. If a presenter that has been selected for a podium presentation prefers a poster presentation this is acceptable.
  2. Remaining submissions will then be designated for poster presentations unless authors have declined this option on the abstract submission form.

Oral (podium/platform) presentation format – Presentations will comprise 15 minutes duration, of which 12 minutes should be dedicated to presentation of the abstract information, and 3 minutes to relevant questions.

Poster presentation format – Graphic material that an audience might wish to review at leisure, such as histological illustrations or complex data forms are particularly appropriate for poster presentation. Posters are expected to be available for viewing throughout the duration of the meeting, and it is expected that posters will be attended by one or more of the authors to answer specific questions regarding content during the poster session.

It is most important that your abstract is submiited as a Word document (either.doc or .docx) and is formatted according to these guidelines.

The first portion of file name should be your last name followed by the abstract category (clinical or research) (e.g JonesClinicalPT2016.doc).

Please follow the format instructions carefully.

The Committee will only accept abstracts that comply with Humane Care and Use of Animals. At least one author must be registered for the conference and available to present at their assigned time.

To submit your abstract you will first need to create an account with a password in our system. You can then use this account to amend your abstract until the deadline for submissions is reached. The same account can be used to register and pay for the conference when registration opens so please remember your password.

Abstracts will be scored using the following categories:

Originality – Awards the highest scores for significant new findings (including new methods) and lower scores for updates or modifications to well established findings.

Quality/ContentAwards the best scores to abstracts that significantly advance our understanding of rehabilitation by demonstrating the use of sound scientific methodology and an appropriate conceptual framework. This would also include the development of underlying theory. 

Importance/Impact – Gives the best scores to abstracts that present significant new information or that provide a conceptual advance in our understanding of a broader subject area

Presentation/Clarity – Awards the highest scores to abstracts that clearly state the hypotheses to be tested (if appropriate for that topic) or the specific objectives to be attained, the methods used, the main results, and that give a concise interpretation of the findings.

When entering your abstract you will first be asked for the abstract title and then you must choose from a drop-down menu which of the four tracks your abstract is to be considered for. You will be asked for a short (500 characters) paragraph describing your abstract and to upload a Word (.doc or .docx) file formatted according to the template.

Abstracts will be published in ACTA Veterinary Scandinavica

To submit an abstract click here