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, with one inch margins. In order to avoid endangerment of future publication abstracts are limited to 250 words.   

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

AuthorsAuthor names should follow-on immediately from title and should be listed in order of contribution using Last name followed by initials only. Underline the name of the presenting author. Superscripted numbers should be used after each author’s initials to identify their affiliation if the project originates from multiple departments or institutions.

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.  

Text of Abstract: The following outline is preferred: 1-2 sentence Objective, Study Design, Animals, Methods, Results and Conclusions. If these headings do not apply, flowing text is acceptable. Do not bold, underline or italicize within the text of the abstract. Do not insert blank lines between lines or headings in the abstract. 

  Please join us for the 19th annual meeting of the SVSTS 
June 18-20th, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana 
At the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the heart of the French Quarter
717 Orleans Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
More details coming soon!
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!

   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.”