Submission now closed

Thank you to all applicants! We have received your submissions and these will now be peer reviewed.

Successful authors will have the opportunity to present the latest research, unusual case reports and novel procedures, in front of an audience of your peers live at BSAVA Congress '23 in March! We can't wait to see what you'll share with the rest of the profession — as always, there are prizes awarded for the best submissions!

Dates for your diary!

Submission Opened

Submission opened 12 September 2022

Submission Closed

Deadline to submit abstracts was 28 November


Successful authors will be notified in early 2023, good luck!


The BSAVA Clinical Abstracts provides an opportunity for the wider veterinary community to present current research and other information of significance to veterinary practice, to their peers, at the annual Congress.


Create and inspire


The Clinical Abstracts are part of an ever-expanding programme of CPD and focus on the latest concepts and thinking from the profession. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to showcase your work and ideas to the global veterinary community at Congress 2023.

Clinical abstracts can be submitted on any veterinary subject, such as announcing the preliminary results of a new study, describing interesting cases or discussing new techniques.


Applications are welcome from the whole veterinary profession!

From veterinary surgeons and nurses, to practice managers and veterinary students —  submissions from those in general practice are especially encouraged.

Researchers with research of direct relevance to veterinary practice may also submit an abstract for consideration.


The format for your abstract should follow that for submission of a paper for publication. Before submitting, familiarise yourself with our Submission Guidelines, and follow our How to write an abstract guide.

Submissions are now closed. All submissions will be peer reviewed, with successful authors notified in early 2023.

Submission FAQs

Before submitting your clinical abstract please carefully review all of the submission and presentation guidelines.

  • 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.

Download the full Submission Guidelines

Please adhere to the following rules when producing your presentation:

  • 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.

Download the full Submission Guidelines

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:

    Authors may find the RCVS / BVA Ethical Review Working Party Report helpful in fulfilling these requirements Authors are advised to consult Helen Field ( ) if they are unsure about any of these regulations.

    Download the full Submission Guidelines

    Submission for 2023 Abstracts opened on the 12 September 2022 and will close on 28 November 2022.

    Successful authors will be notified in early 2023.

    For help on how to write an abstract, what content should be included and the format it should be presented in for submission, download our useful How to Write an Abstract Guide

    Clinical Abstracts may be in the form of an oral or poster presentation. 

    Some types of presentation, such as those that require large data tables or multiple figures, or single case reports, are more suitable for posters.

    Applicants may indicate their preference during the submission process but the final decision on presentation type will be with the Congress Committee

    All successful Clinical Abstracts will be presented at BSAVA Congress 2023 in Manchester.

    Oral Presentations:

    Allow for a short 13-14 minute oral presentation of the material in the submitted abstract, plus 1-2 minutes for questions including handover to the next presenter.

    The oral presentations will be recorded in Manchester, and made available to attendees post-event via the Congress platform in the BSAVA Library.

    Poster Presentations:

    The poster must contain title, authors, affiliations, references, and details of funding and conflicts of interest, where these exist; in addition to the headings covered in the abstract, The figures, tables etc. must be presented within the dimensions given, and the poster must be written in UK English and SI units.

    Posters will be displayed in the Poster Feature Area located within the Exhibition at BSAVA Congress 2023.

    On-site posters must be size A0 (1.189m x 0.841m) in portrait format.

    Applications are welcome from:

    • veterinary surgeons
    • veterinary nurses
    • practice managers
    • veterinary students
    • student veterinary nurses
    • other researchers with research of direct relevance to veterinary practice

    When ready, please submit your abstract via our dedicated portal here

    Authors of the selected clinical abstracts will be notified early 2023, and will be advised on the appropriate format their final presentation should take.

    Successful authors will be expected to attend BSAVA Congress 2023 in Manchester, to present either their oral or poster presentation.

    A special discounted registration rate of £170 +VAT / 3 Day Pass (or £60 +VAT / 1 Day Pass) is available to presenters. This rate is only available to those who have been notified (in early 2023) that their submission was accepted. Details of how to register will be available soon.

    A Poster Reception will take place at BSAVA Congress, will all poster presenters expected to attend.

    Successful Poster submissions will be presented in the dedicated Poster Feature Area within the Exhibition at BSAVA Congress 2023 (Manchester 23-25 March).

    You must bring your poster in the correct orientation and dimension (A0 Portrait) with you to the event, printed and ready to display. Instructions will be provided nearer the time.

    You will be responsible for placing your poster onsite and should be placed no later than 09:30 on the 23rd March. You are also welcome to send your poster directly to the BSAVA Registered Office no later than 2 weeks prior to Congress, and we will place it for you.

    You may collect your poster during the last break of the day on Saturday 25th March. Any posters left behind will be disposed of.

    Prizes are available in the following categories for the best:

    • Practitioner presentation
    • Student presentation
    • Medicine presentation
    • Surgery presentation
    • VN presentation
    • Poster presentation

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