Annual Meeting & Abstract Submission

  Abstract Submission Guidelines:
  • Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail (Word format) to with subject line: "Abstract for SVSTS 2020 by March 1st, 2020. Make sure that you receive a reply to confirm your abstract has been received and can be opened. 
  • Acceptance of scientific abstracts will be determined by March 14th, 2020 at which point a formal email will be sent to all applicants. 
  • Please pay careful attention to the formatting guidelines below as inappropriate formatting will result in the return of the abstract to the submitting author. 
  Resident Abstract Competition:
  • The SVSTS is excited to continue the resident abstract competition at the upcoming annual meeting!  Resident project abstracts will be evaluated using common criteria by a committee of Diplomate attendees who do not have residents presenting in the competition.  
  • Two awards will be offered: 
    • First place award: $1,000 and Certificate for the best abstract and presentation
    • Second place award: $500 and Certificate for the runner-up
  Short Communication and Case Reports:
  • These 15 minute (max) presentations can be short case summaries about an interesting case or procedure, complications or creative use of an instrument or gizmo to perform a procedure. 
  • If you have a cool case or a lesion that you think is particularly interesting and would like to share it with the group, please consider a short video format. 
  • Please start the presentation with your objectives and proceed from there. 
  • These presentations are great for generating discussion!  So, keep your eyes out for cool and interesting cases in your practice and save those images for New Orleans in 2020!   
  Abstract Format Guidelines:
Abstract Format: Abstracts should be typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font and single spaced, “Normal” style in Word, with 1-inch margins. Abstracts are limited to 250 words.   

Title: Times New Roman, 12-point font, Bold, Capitalized

Authors:Author names should follow-on immediately from title and should be listed in order of contribution using First and Middle Initials, Last Name, and Credentials. Underline the name of the presenting author. If the project originates from multiple departments or institutions, superscripted numbers should be used after each author’s credentials to identify their affiliation.

Affiliations/Addresses: Should follow-on immediately after author names. Name of department and institution followed by city and state or country if outside of the USA should be noted. No spaces between each affiliation line.

Text of Abstract: Before the main text of the abstract, place the heading “Abstract,” bolded and underlined. The following outline is preferred: 1-2 sentence Objective, Study Design, Animals, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Underline each subheading. Do not bold, underline or italicize within the text of the abstract. Do not insert additional blank lines between lines or headings in the abstract. Flowing text is acceptable for Case Reports, if these subheadings do not apply.

Please join us for the 19th annual meeting of the SVSTS 

An intimate forum for surgeons to present clinically important information in an informal atmosphere with rich, frank discussions
Sessions are planned for half days; the rest of the day is free to enjoy local scenery and activities!

Keynote Speakers:
Bryden J Stanley, BVMS, MVetSc, MANZCVS, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVS
Originally a graduate of Murdoch University, Australia, Dr. Bryden J. Stanley did her
surgery residency and Master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Her
first faculty appointment was at the University of Edinburgh, but she has been at
Michigan State University since 1999. Bryden’s clinical interests are all aspects of soft
tissue surgery; her research interests are upper respiratory conditions and wound
healing. Current studies include: laryngeal paralysis, the Norwich terrier and
brachycephalic upper airway, incisional negative-pressure wound therapy, amnion and
honey-based products. She publishes frequently, has received many teaching awards
and lectures widely at a national and international level.

Dr Jane Ladlow MA, VetMB, Cert VR, Cert SAS, Dipl ECVS, MRCVS
Jane completed an ECVS residency programme at the Royal Veterinary College, London and
became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery in 2002. Jane is based at
the Animal Health Trust, having moved from The Queens Veterinary School in Cambridge
where she was a Senior Lecturer in Soft Tissue surgery until 2019.
Jane’s current research is in non-invasive assessment of respiratory function in the
brachycephalic breeds, particularly French Bulldogs, Pugs and Bulldogs using a
plethysmography chamber and functional grading which led to the launch of the Kennel
Club/ University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading Scheme in 2019. Jane has
published a textbook on general surgery in cats: Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery.
Editors: Langley Hobbs, Demetriou and Ladlow, Saunders 2014 and contributed to the
veterinary journals, predominately on brachycephalic obstructive airway disease (BOAS).

Hotel Information:
Reservations can be made online or by phone.
To Make Reservations:
Phone: please call one of the reservation specialists assigned to our meeting:
Monique - (504) 571-4626
Jeanette - (504) 571-4627

Please reference the Group Code: SVSTS 19 th Annual Scientific Meeting Room Block
The group rate will be available until May 18, 2020

Our room block is reserved from Wednesday, June 17, 2020 through Saturday night, June 20,
2020, with check out on Sunday, June 21.
Group rates based on single/double occupancy:
Wednesday 6/17/20 and Thursday 6/18/20 - $129.00/night + tax
Friday 6/19/20 and Saturday 6/20/20 - $219.00/night + tax
*Note: The hotel generally places meeting guests in rooms facing the beautiful courtyard for a
quieter experience. If preferred, guests may request a street side room or a room with a private
balcony (courtyard or balcony).

The following additional rates apply:
Additional person: $30.00 each/night
Room with Private Balcony: $50.00/night additional
Balcony Loft Suites: $130.00/night additional
Owner’s Suites: $300.00/night additional
Governor’s Suite: $400.00/night additional
Blurb on Bourbon Orleans Hotel – hx, location [Coming Soon!]

Plane – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport – serviced by all major US airlines
Train - Amtrak
Shuttles/taxis from airport

   Congratulations to the 2019 SVSTS Resident Research Competition Winners!!!   
    • First Place ($1,000 prize): Dr. Carla Appelgrein, Murdoch University, for “Oesophageal hiatal malformation and dorsal herniorrhaphy in brachycephalic dogs.”
    • Second Place ($500 prize): Dr. Mandy Rollins Animal Medical Center, New York, for “Impact of PleuralPortTM placement on long-term outcome and survival time in dogs and cats with idiopathic chylothorax.”