Clinical Abstracts are part of an ever-expanding programme of CPD, showcasing concepts and the latest thinking from around the globe and across the veterinary spectrum.



24 - 26 May 2021 (UK BST) | This event has now ended


The Abstract Sessions 2021 will run over 3 days incorporating a diverse programme where researchers alongside vets, VN’s and practice staff share the latest research, unusual case reports and novel procedures.

Clinical Abstracts are part of an ever-expanding programme of CPD, showcasing concepts and the latest thinking from around the globe and across the veterinary spectrum.

The abstracts will be presented live using zoom webinar with a veterinary audience invited from across the UK and worldwide.

Each session will be chaired with an opportunity for Q&A’s following each presentation. The programme is detailed below.

We are delighted to provide the opportunity to unite colleagues across the veterinary world and keep you up to date with the latest research produced by BSAVA members and colleagues.


These sessions will be suitable for audience members from across the small animal veterinary field who are interested in seeing the latest clinical research abstracts, as well as interacting with colleagues.

You are all invited to attend this engaging online CPD event.


This event has now ended. If you missed The Abstracts Sessions live, recordings will be available soon via the BSAVA Library. More information to follow.

Programme Summary

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Monday 24 May 2021 (UK BST)
Tuesday 25 May 2021 (UK BST)
Wednesday 26 May 2021 (UK BST)


Room 1, 09:30 - 11:30 | Orthopaedics

Room 2, 09:00 - 11:45 | Neurology, Oncology


Room 1, 12:30 - 18:00 | Soft Tissue Surgery, Critical Care

Room 2, 12:45 - 18:00 | Primary Practice and the Profession,  PetSavers Student Grants


Room 1, 08:45 - 12:15 | Primary Practice and the Profession, Ophthalmology

Room 2, 09:00 - 12:00 | Internal Medicine


Room 1, 13:15 - 17:00 | Oncology

Room 2, 13:00 - 17:30 | Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiology


Room 1, 09:30 - 12:30 | PetSavers Grants, Exotics, Feline General Practice


Room 1, 13:30 - 16:30 | Clinical Pathology, Dermatology, Primary Practice and the Profession

Abstract Proceedings

We would like to thank all the submitting authors for their hard work and for choosing BSAVA Congress as a forum in which to share their findings. Click here  to read the abstract summaries from each of our authors.

Note – the abstracts displayed are as supplied and BSAVA has not corrected typographical errors or edited the submission text. Any errors are the responsibility of the authors.

See below to view the full programme online, or download & print the PDF version - including the Proceedings!

Clinical Abstracts 2021 | View Full Programme Online

Monday 24 May 2021

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09:30 - 11:30 |    ORTHOPAEDICS

09:30    Quantification of bone mineral density on computed tomography (CT) of the humeral condyle in Labradors with medial coronoid process disease - Diana Gander Soares

09:45    Computed tomographic evaluation of the non-lame French Bulldog elbow - Stephanie Mella

10:00    Locking compression plate fixation of feline acetabular fractures: application, complications and long-term - Maider Murugarren

10:30    A survey of orthopaedic conditions in small animal veterinary referral practice in the UK - Bertie Phipps

10:45    Mechanical behaviour of the Robert-Jones Bandage under axial compression - Pierre Picavet

11:00    Correlation between the insertion side of a transcondylar screw for the surgical management of humeral intracondylar fissures in dogs and the incidence of postoperative surgical site infection - Maria Potamopoulou

11:15    Pancarpal arthrodesis and antebrachial deformity correction using 3d printed osteotomy and reduction guides and a customized titanium plate in a Toy Breed dog - Alba Rial


12:30    Comparison of open and closed orchidectomy in dogs: a retrospective study - Valentina Brioschi

12:45    Comparison of open and closed orchidectomy in dogs: a prospective study - Valentina Brioschi

13:00    Frontal sinus depth at fourteen locations in domestic short haired and domestic long haired cats assessed by computed tomography - Edward Crystal

13:15    Preventative pneumopexy in the management of concurrent right cranial and middle lung lobe torsion following right caudal lung lobectomy in a dog - Catherine Davidson

13:30    Impact of oesophageal feeding tube placement on outcome in dogs undergoing cholecystectomy for gall bladder mucocoele - Josh Winter

14:00    Short and long-term outcomes of polyethylene band attenuation of congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts in dogs (2010-2020) - Owen Glenn

14:15    Reconstruction of the rostral zygomatic arch using masseter fascia following inferior orbitectomy for the management of an oral squamous cell carcinoma - Thomas Hernon

14:30    Split staphylectomy - a novel surgical technique to address the thickness of the soft palate in brachycephalic dogs - Gemma Holloway

14:45    Subcutaneous vascular access port implantation in the axillary or femoral/external iliac vein at the time of full limb amputation for treatment of appendicular skeleton neoplasms - Diogo Miraldo

15:30    Successful management of a pharyngocutaneous fistula that developed following surgical repair of traumatic laryngeal avulsion in a dog - Matthew Simpson

15:45    Assessment of hair cortisol concentration as a marker of chronic stress in dogs with congenital portosystemic shunts - Alex Chan

16:00    The potential impact of an educational intervention tool on public perception of health problems in brachycephalic dog breeds - Dan Kenny

16:30    Factors associated with positive urine cultures in cats with subcutaneous ureteral bypass system (SUB) implantation - Catrina Pennington

16:45    Use of the ‘functional evaluation of cardiac health’ (FETCH) questionnaire to determine quality of life before and after mitral valve repair surgery in dogs - Catrina Pennington

17:00    The effect of syringe versus stylet collected blood during intravenous catheter placement on blood glucose, lactate, packed cell volume and total solids values in dogs - Daniela Grigore

17:15    Comparison of sonographically-derived caudal vena cava parameters acquired in standing and lateral position in healthy awake cats – a pilot study - Tove Hultman

17:30    Medical and surgical management of suspected pancreatic abscessation in dogs: a retrospective study of 15 cases - Charles Talbot

17:45    The use of haemodialysis for the treatment of a life threatening phenobarbitone overdose - Richard Trinder


09:00 - 11:45 |    NEUROLOGY, ONCOLOGY

09:00    Serum C-reactive protein does not predict outcome in dogs with severe spinal cord injury secondary to intervertebral disc extrusion - Max Foreman

09:15    Owner reported management of inter-ictal anxiety behaviours in canine epilepsy - Sarah Hobbs

09:30    Comparison of serum C-reactive protein in dogs with idiopathic and structural epilepsy - Elizabeth Mahon

09:45    Bilateral trigeminal neuropathy associated with multicentric lymphoma in two dogs: clinical presentation, mri findings and flow cytometry characteristics - Alenka Lavra Zajc

10:00    Prognostic factors for survival in dogs with cerebral glioma receiving primary radiotherapy: a pilot study - Matteo Pignanelli

10:30    Sinonasal mycosis as a long-term complication following transfrontal craniotomy in 3 dogs - Ed Pilkington

10:45    Clinical features, treatment and outcome of bacterial meningitis in dogs - Faye Rawson

11:00    Slosh simulation in a computer model of canine syringomyelia - Clare Rusbridge

11:15    Cranial nerve assessment in normal and systemically unwell cats - Jaye Western

11:30    Complications arising from cerebrospinal fluid collection in dogs: a retrospective case series - Alana McCarthy


12:45    Field efficacy and safety of a novel oral chewable tablet containing sarolaner, moxidectin, and pyrantel against naturally acquired gastrointestinal nematode infections in dogs presented as veterinary patients in Europe - Csilla Becskei

13:00    Raw diets safe and nutritious? UK dog owner perspectives on raw diets compared to cooked diets - Alysia Empert-Gallegos

13:15    Evaluation of a point-of-care dot enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to detect antibodies against canine parvovirus, distemper virus and adenovirus before revaccination - Ditte Erika Leth Vasby

13:30    Cooling methods used in dogs with heat-related illness under UK primary veterinary care during 2016-2018 - Emily Hall

13:45    Vetcompass clinical grading tool for heat-related illness in dogs – a novel tool to support clinical decisionmaking in primary-care practice - Emily Hall

14:30    The scoop on puppies that eat their own poop: is autocoprophagia retained as puppies age? -  Rachel Kinsman

14:45    What makes dogs tick? Risk factors and clinical management of tick infestations in UK dogs - Rinrada Komutrattananon

15:00    Concerns and experiences of accessing veterinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods analysis of dog owners’ responses - Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka

15:15    Euthanasia in dogs in the UK; what drives decision making? - Camilla Pegram

15:45    Owner strategies for vaccination and revaccination in pedigree and non-pedigree dogs - Megan Robson

16:00    Characterising first-line empirical treatment for coughing - a retrospective evaluation of 83 dogs - Josh Hardwick

16:15    Vulval conformation in the entire bitch and the effects of pre and post-pubertal neutering on vulva development and urogenital disease - Jasmine Godfrey-Hunt

16:30    Journal advertising: what does it tell us? - Natasha Basham

16:45    Surgical safety checklists in veterinary practice: current implementation within UK practices and attitudes towards their use - Jessica Hill

17:00    Prevalence of alimentary and respiratory disease in brachycephalic dog breeds presenting to primary care practice - Will Petchell

17:15    Retrospective study of feline lymphoma: distribution, clinical signs, nervous system involvement and diagnostic testing (2013-2019) - Alexander Davies

17:45    Radiographic assessment and observer reliability in cases of implant loosening following canine total hip replacement (THR) - Samuel Pearce

Tuesday 25 May 2021

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08:45    Photographic, cytological and MRI evaluation of the hard, soft palate and tonsils in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with chiari-like malformation - Beth Greene

09:00    Tasipimidine, a novel orally dosed alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist, alleviates canine acute anxiety and fear associated with travel – a pilot study - Mira Korpivaara

09:15    Tasipimidine, a novel orally dosed alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist, alleviates separation anxiety in dogs - a 5-week study - Mira Korpivaara

09:30    Do our dogs sleep enough? - Carrie Tooley

10:00    Establishing accurate dead-space discard volumes to improve controlled drug record accuracy - Emily Macnish

10:15    Recruitment and retention: why do some canine and feline candidates not make it as blood donors? - Karen Humm

10:30    A dog’s dinner: a survey investigating the reasons behind the pet food choices of UK dog owners - Genever Morgan

10:45    A dog’s dinner: a survey investigating the beliefs of UK dog owners regarding the wider health risks of raw and non-raw diets - Genever Morgan

11:15    Epidemiology of prolapsed third eyelid gland (cherry eye) in UK dogs under primary veterinary care - Yahui Yin

11:30    Efficacy of 0.02% Tacrolimus in dogs with keratoconjunctivitis sicca in which topical cyclosporine was ineffective: preliminary results - Tom Kearns

11:45    Variation in intraocular pressure in the normal canine eye between different dog breeds - David Williams

12:00    Evaluation of blink rate in the normal dog David Williams

13:15 - 17:00 |    ONCOLOGY

13:15    Does homeopathy extend survival time in dogs with osteosarcoma: preliminary findings - David Williams

13:30    Retrospective analysis of the metastatic behaviour of anal sac adenocarcinomas in dogs - Freddie Allan

13:45    The toxicity profile of zoledronic acid in dogs - a single centre retrospective study - David John Brewer

14:00    Lung lobe torsion secondary to pulmonary papillary carcinoma in a dog - Estela Ciriano

14:15    Renal nephroblastoma in dogs: signalment, histologic features and outcome in 10 cases - Petros Frezoulis

14:45    Treatment of acute megakaryoblastic leukaemia and severe nonregenerative anaemia in a labrador retriever - Jodie Green

15:00    A survey of malignant neoplasia in Spaniels - Tiago Henriques

15:15    Investigation of the value of ultrasound appearance of the liver and spleen and subjective appraisal of the draining lymph node’s size as predictors of metastasis in the staging of mast cell tumours (MCT) - Perrine Henry

15:30    Incidence and risk factors for feline mammary tumours in UK primary care practice - Phoebe Pickard Price

16:00    Incidence of urinary tract infection and its effect on outcome of dogs diagnosed with multicentric intermediate to high-grade lymphoma - Onne-Marju Russak

16:15    Evaluation of C-reactive protein (CRP) as a prognostic marker in patients with histiocytic sarcoma - Luca Schiavo

16:30    Diagnosis of large granular lymphocyte (LGL) lymphoma via aqueocentesis in domestic cats - Isla Trewin

16:45    Thymic epithelial tumours in 51 dogs: clinicopathologic and histopathologic findings - Andy Yale


09:00 - 12:00 |    INTERNAL MEDICINE

09:00    Retrospective analysis of the clinical features and outcome in 38 dogs with cholelithiasis on abdominal ultrasound - Freddie Allan

09:15    A retrospective study assessing ultrasonographic progression of canine biliary sludge (BS) over time - Thomas Butler

09:30    Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy cases in emergency veterinary practices in the UK - Mariana Abreu

09:45    Anaplasma phagocytophilum in domestic cats from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and clinical/ laboratory abnormalities in 17 Pcr-positive tested cats (2008-2020) - Ingo Schäfer

10:15    The efficacy of potassium chloride in decreasing calcium oxalate relative supersaturation in dogs and cats - Esther Bijsmans

10:30    The effect of increasing levels of potassium chloride on urine specific gravity, urine volume, and relative supersaturation in dogs and cats - Esther Bijsmans

10:45    The fluoroscopic appearance of the canine prostatic artery - Kieran Brown

11:00    The relationship between age, urine dipstick and sediment examination findings on the presence of proteinuria in dogs with positive urine cultures - Emily Fulton

11:15    Long-term outcome of cystoscopic-guided laser ablation of intramural ectopic ureters in female dogs and effect of post procedural neutering on urinary continence: a single center experience - Christopher Hoey

11:30    Agreement between voided urine samples and cystocentesis samples for urine protein-to-creatinine ratio (UPC) determination in cats - Josh Kennils

11:45    Congenital urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence in 11 bitches: a retrospective preliminary study - Charles Porsmoguer


13:00    The use of chlorphenamine as a pretransfusion treatment in dogs: good or bad prophylaxis - Harriet Hall

13:15    Treatment response and long-term prognosis in feline precursor-targeted immune-mediated anaemia - Alba Maldonado Moreno

13:30    Causes of thrombocytopenia in dogs in the UK: a retrospective study of 765 cases - Marina Martin-Ambrosio Frances

13:45    Multimodal therapies in canine primary immune mediated haemolytic anaemia (PIMHA): a descriptive study - Julia Tang

14:00    Utility of C-reactive protein as a biomarker of remission in immune-mediated polyarthritis in dogs - Aimee Taylor

14:30    Ultrasound-guided placement of a near-infrared fluorescent liquid soft tissue marker for fiducial marking of regions-of-interest during surgical procedures in a dog - Lilah Moorman

14:45    Sensitivity and specificity of abdominal ultrasonography for the detection of ectopic ureters in urinary incontinent dogs - Oliver Taylor

15:00    Clinical presentation, computed tomographic findings, treatment and outcome of canine cutaneous lymphoma; 10 dogs - Thom Watton

15:15    Co-morbidities associated with diabetes mellitus in Burmese cats - Andrew Fisher

15:30    New ways for clinicians to view old diseases: using data clustering to classify Cushing’s syndrome - Imogen Schofield

15:45    Hypothyroidism in dogs; epidemiology and clinical management in the first opinion population - Dan O’Neil

16:15    Pulmonary hypertension in cats: causes and echocardiographic assessment - Joao Escalda

16:30    Development of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in an adult cat with cor triatriatum sinister - Nekesa Morey

16:45    Predictive value of cardiac remodeling on survival in dogs with persistent atrial standstill: the UK perspective - Inigo Sanz-Gonzalez

17:00    Association between neutering status and cardiac changes secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease - Margarida Silva

17:15    Infectious myocarditis associated with transient myocardial thickening in a domestic short hair cat positive for bartonella henselae - Katarzyna Smiejan

Wednesday 26 May 2021

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09:30    Beta cell loss of function precedes islet loss in diabetic cats - Valeria Bergomi

09:45    Effect of time and storage conditions on the stability of total serum thyroxine in feline blood - Rory Scrace

10:00    Successful treatment of immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) in a pet rabbit - Sarah Brown

10:15    Prednisolone therapy in the management of a focal epitheliotropic lymphoma skin lesion in a guinea pig (Cavia Porcellus) - Kristina Hunter

10:30    Veterinary health information on hamsters for clinicians: a vetcompass perspective - Kate Kim

11:00 - 12:30 |    FELINE GENERAL PRACTICE

11:00    Feline infectious peritonitis: how do wet and dry patients differ? - Toby Collen

11:15    Is there a stress component to gastrointestinal disease in cats? A look at the behavioural and environmental risk factors - Anna Garvey

11:30    Bicavitary effusion in cats: retrospective analysis of signalment, clinical investigations, diagnosis and outcome - Christopher Hoey

11:45    Investigating the association between feline morbillivirus infection and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats - Nicholas Hope

12:00    Signs and alleviation of travel anxiety in cats – a survey among cat owners - Terttu Lamminen

12:15    Pet owners’ willingness to pay for therapy outcomes in feline pain associated with osteoarthritis - Louise Longstaff


13:30    Clinical potential of five serum biomarkers in the diagnostic work-up of dogs with osteoarthritis - James Miles

13:45    Canine peripheral lymphadenopathy in a mediterranean area: a retrospective study of 128 cases - Raquel Santiago

14:00    Resistance of canine staphylococcus pseudintermedius to selected topical and systemic antimicrobials in the UK - Zoe Donovan

14:15    Pet owners’ willingness to pay for therapy outcomes in acute canine pruritus - Michelle Greaves

14:30    Enhancing technical compliance and minimizing the exposure to topicals by giving oral flea treatment in cats: a case series of 17 cats treated with lotilaner - Maria-Christie Cadiergues


15:00    Reshaping surgical specialist training in small animal surgery during and after the COVID-19 pandemic - Akash Alexander

15:15    A survey to explore the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of UK veterinary professionals towards adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting - Heather Davies

15:30    A study to determine the working life of UK gundogs and whether owners believed they stopped work prematurely - John Houlton

15:45    10 years of the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report: surveillance data on the welfare of the UK’s pet dogs, cats, and rabbits - Rachel Malkani

16:00    Why we trust our in-clinic laboratory results? - Archie Moffat

16:15    Preliminary findings of a multi-practice survey (Anicura Group) into the diagnostic approach and prescribing habits of first opinion veterinarians for uncomplicated canine acute diarrhoea (UCAD) - Emma Rogers-Smith

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