Clinical Abstract | Format
Clinical Abstracts may be in the form of an oral or poster presentation.
The format for your abstract should follow that for submission of a paper for publication. The abstract is a concise structured summary - no more than 250 words (excluding title and declarations) - divided, under separate headings into Objectives, Methods, Results and Impact . Each section should address the questions given in the table below. The Summary should not contain non-standard abbreviations or acronyms.
The purpose of the abstract is to capture the interest of the reader, while accurately reflecting the content of the intended presentation or poster.
Structure of Clinical Abstract
|Title||The title should be precise and attention catching but should also describe what you are writing about|
What is the question that is being asked /answered?
What is the type of study? What is the study population? How was the data analysed?
What were the findings?
Impact/ Clinical Significance
What are the implications and for whom?
A brief (2 sentence) statement explaining the impact of the work on small animal primary care or referral clinical practice.
Funding/ Declarations of Interest
|Include details of any declarations|
Submission rules |
- DO NOT submit an abstract on behalf of another person.
- Abstracts must be submitted using the abstract template which includes the headers: Objectives, Methods, Results, and Impact Statement.
- The abstract must be submitted by the presenting author.
- Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (excluding title and declarations of interest and author details).
- The authors, and their place of work, should not be identified in the main text of the abstract.
- The assessment process is blind and the abstracts must be anonymised on submission.
- Abstracts submitted for consideration should not have been presented at other Congresses, nor published in journals before Congress. They can have been shown at local CPD events.
- Abstracts must be written in U.K. English and using SI units.
- All research presented must comply with UK legislation pertaining to animal welfare, ethics and data protection. Work performed outside the UK must still comply with the UK Veterinary Surgeons Act or should reasonably be expected NOT to require a UK Home Office license if performed in the UK. See information on ethics below.
- Use of Trade names is not permitted in the abstract.
- As a rule of thumb, diagrams and references are not acceptable in the abstract.
- It’s the author’s responsibility to ensure that they have obtained permission for use of any copyright images or materials.
Clinical abstracts will be rejected without further scrutiny if they fail to comply with the submission rules or if they:
- Are received after the closing date.
- Do not follow the structured summary as detailed above.
- Are considered too preliminary in nature or are deemed to be of low scientific quality.
- Are not relevant to small animal veterinary practice or clinical science
- Do not meet the ethical guidelines outlined above and/or do not have satisfactory ethical approval from the relevant regulatory bodies or are deemed to have caused unnecessary pain, distress, suffering, or lasting harm to animals.
Presentation Rules |
- Submitting author should be first author.
- First author must be presenting author.
- The presentation must concentrate on the information contained in the abstract and in answering the questioned detailed in the table above.
- Specific advertising of products by presenters must not occur.
- All Clinical abstracts submitted should comply with UK legislation pertaining to animal welfare, ethics and data protection.
- Clinical abstracts reporting any intervention on animals will only be accepted if they would not require Home Office Licensing under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. That is:
- Procedures carried out as part of Recognised Veterinary Practice (nonexperimental clinical practice)
- Veterinary clinical trials
- Recognised husbandry practices
Authors may find the RCVS / BVA Ethical Review Working Party Report helpful in fulfilling these requirements Authors are advised to consult Helen Field ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if they are unsure about any of these regulations.