Annual Meeting Information

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 19th annual SVSTS meeting ONLINE!

Pre-recorded session videos available below

Updated information for Next Year's 2021 SVSTS Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana is coming soon!

WEBSITE SVSTS 2020 Schedule.pdf

SVSTS 2020 Online Recorded Sessions

Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery 19th Annual Scientific Meeting. June 18th - 20th, 2020. Originally planned for New Orleans, the in person meeting was cancelled and transitioned to the World Wide Web! Thank you to our wonderful speakers and attendees for making our first online meeting a great one!

Thursday Sessions June 18th, 2020

Gastrointestinal Session

Urinary Session

Wound Session Part 1

Friday Sessions June 19th, 2020

Wound Session Part 2

Surgical Oncology Session

Respiratory Surgery Session 1

Saturday Sessions June 20th, 2020

Respiratory Surgery Session 2.1

Respiratory Surgery Session 2.2

2020 Keynote Speakers


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, DECVS, MRCVS

Jane completed an ECVS residency program 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).

Abstract 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.

Abstract Format:

  • Times New Roman, 12-point font and single spaced, 1-inch margins

  • Abstracts are limited to 250 words

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

Authors: Listed in order of contribution

  • First and Middle initials, Last name, Credentials

  • Underline name of presenting author

  • Author Affiliations

    • Name of department and institution followed by city and state or country if outside of the USA

    • No spaces between each affiliation line

Abstract Text:

  • "Abstract" (bold, underline) heading should precede the abstract

  • Include and underline each subheading:

    • Objective: 1-2 sentences

    • Study Design

    • Animals

    • Methods

    • Results

    • Conclusions

  • Do not bold, underline or italicize within the text of the abstract.

  • Do not insert additional blank lines between lines or headings

Example Abstract

Short Communication/Case Report Format:

  • Times New Roman, 12-point font and single spaced, 1-inch margins

  • Abstracts are limited to 250 words

  • Flowing text is acceptable for Case Reports, if abstract subheadings do not apply

  • 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 an interesting case or lesion 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 SVSTS ANNUAL - ONLINE in 2020!

Resident Research Competition:

The SVSTS holds a Resident Research Competition at the 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, winners will receive a certificate and...

    • First place award: $1,000

    • Runner-up award: $500

Congratulations to the 2019 SVSTS Resident Research Competition Winners!!!

    • First Place: Dr. Carla Appelgrein, Murdoch University, for “Oesophageal hiatal malformation and dorsal herniorrhaphy in brachycephalic dogs.”

    • Runner-up: 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.”

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