43rd Annual Veterinary
Orthopedic Society

February 27 - March 5, 2016 at
Big Sky, Montana

Call for Abstracts

We invite practitioners, academicians, and researchers interested in large and small animal species, to submit abstracts of novel studies in practical and scientific topics related to veterinary orthopedics and traumatology. Preference will be given to abstracts that have clinical relevance. Papers addressing results of controlled retrospective and prospective clinical studies are strongly encouraged. Clinician investigators should also consider submitting innovative surgical techniques, or case reports describing unusual or difficult cases as these will be reviewed separate from the scientific abstracts; as will submissions for the Complications and Corrections session. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes and followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Posters must fit within the 4’ (height) x 4’ (width) area provided.

Call for papers will open on August 15th 2015 and close on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 for both podium presentations and posters.

Submission categories are:

  1. Clinical/Scientific Studies

  2. Case reports: a maximum of three novel or interesting cases

  3. Complications and Corrections: The goal of the session is to discuss cases with challenging complications, revision planning, execution and outcome. The intention is to learn from each other's missteps and/or mistakes, following the old surgical adage: "Good surgical judgment comes from experience, experience comes from poor surgical judgment." The best case submissions will be selected to be presented on the podium during this special session.

We are planning a separate equine stream this year with four dedicated sessions, and abstracts for these are particularly encouraged.

The Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Award was established to recognize outstanding abstracts submitted to the scientific program by residents. At least six awards will be conferred each year to provide funds (up to $1,500) to enable residents to attend and present their abstract at the annual meeting. To be eligible the applicant must be in a resident training program or within 2 years of completion of a formal residency program. The submission must reflect work conducted during the residency program. Resident status will be verified.

Andy Bathe, VOS Scientific Program Chair
Email address: andy.bathe@rossdales.com

Reunan Guillou, VOS Assistant Scientific Program Chair
Email address: reunanguillou@gmail.com

Submission Details

  1. Notes from the Program Chair

    There will only be one call for papers that requires a final, complete abstract be submitted by Tuesday, November 10, 2015. NO subsequent changes to the abstract will be allowed. Please note that ONLY submissions that include BOTH the long and short versions of the abstract, PROPERLY FORMATTED, will be considered. Abstracts will be scored blinded based on the significance of the findings, originality, scientific quality and general interest. Case reports will be reviewed based on novelty, practical interest, and completeness.

  2. Deadline

    Abstract deadline: Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Abstracts with complete data and statistical analysis, if applicable, must be received by this date.
  3. Submission Requirements: Clinical/Basic Science Studies or Case Reports


      Submission requires the following information:

    • Category - Clinical/Basic science, or Case Report/series
      Clinical Research is patient oriented research. This includes using clinical patients or their tissues to study mechanisms of disease, interventions, complications, or epidemiological research.
      Basic Science Research is research into the mechanisms or treatment of disease using models (i.e. disease induction, biomechanical testing, etc).
      Case Report is a single case or cases where the epidemiology, disease mechanism, or novel treatment is described along with outcome.

    • Session - Choose the most appropriate session from the list of themes. VOS may reallocate the presentation depending upon the number and nature of submissions. Podium presentations will be placed in the most appropriate session; but there is also a Miscellaneous category for posters only, as these do not need to fit into a session theme.

    • Species - Large animal, small animal, or exotic.

    • Title: Should accurately reflect what was done. Please use Title Case.

    • Presentation preference (podium, poster, either). All those submitting for podium preference will also be considered for poster, but preference will be given to the podium presentation. Those who choose poster will not be considered for podium presentation.

    • Author - Author affiliation and contact information. Try to make affiliations as coordinated as possible, rather than having a different affiliation for each author at the same institution. Please add all co-authors and co-workers to avoid reviewer conflict of interest.

    • Disclosure - Acknowledgement section for funding source or any conflicts of interest.

    • Two abstracts - a short abstract for publication and a long abstract for the review process.

      • SHORT abstract: This abstract will be used for publication in VCOT and the Conference Proceedings and should contain the authors’ names and affiliations and is limited to 250 words (excluding title, authors and affiliations) in Arial or Times-New Roman 12 pt formatting.This is the published abstract, so please ensure care with your language and grammar - despite the word limit.

      • LONG abstract: The abstract length is limited to 800 words (excluding references, tables and figures). Single space between paragraphs, using Times New Roman or Arial 12 pt font. Do NOT include authors’ names or affiliations in this abstract to maintain anonymity during the review process. VOS is not responsible if affiliations are included in this abstract. Pictures, tables, and figures are allowed.

      You should receive an email message within 24 hours of submission, confirming that submission materials were received, readable, and correctly formatted.
  4. Abstract Headings: Clinical/Basic Science Studies

    The following headings are required for submission of Clinical/Basic Science Studies abstracts. Headings are not required for Case reports, but proprietary or conflict of interest statement is still required.

    • INTRODUCTION: Background on general topic or previous work; include statement of purpose of the study and hypothesis. This should convey the need, significance/impact of the work.

    • MATERIALS & METHODS: Briefly describe the methodology of research or technique used in this study. Methods should be appropriate to answer the hypothesis or problem that generated the work.

    • RESULTS: Data should be presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. It is not acceptable to generalize or state, "results will be discussed".

    • DISCUSSION/CONCLUSION: Include an interpretation of the results. Do not simply restate the results. Was the hypothesis/problem answered? Were limitations or additional problems identified? How can the information derived from this study, or technique, best be applied to further research or clinical situation? Provide relevance and/or innovation to the current body of knowledge.

    • REFERENCES: A limited number (e.g. five) of references are allowed, if necessary, in the long abstract.

    • ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Disclose any proprietary interest and identify financial support, either by direct funding (extramural or intramural) or materials. This MUST be provided in both the short and long abstracts for the abstracts to be considered complete. If there is no funding, you must still make a statement like "There was no proprietary interest or funding provided for this project."
  5. Submission Requirements: Complications and Corrections


      Submission requires the following information:

    • Species - Large animal, small animal, or exotic.

    • Title - Enter your abstract Title. Please use Title Case.

    • Presentation Format is Podium ONLY. NO Posters.

    • Author - Author affiliation and contact information.

    • Disclosure - Acknowledgement section for funding source or any conflicts of interest.

    • Abstract - The abstract length is limited to 500 words. This abstract is for the review process and not for publication in the VOS program book.

      You should receive an email message within 24 hours of submission, confirming that submission materials were received, readable, and correctly formatted.
  6. Abstract Headings: Complications and Corrections

    The following headings are required for submission of Complications and Corrections abstracts.

    INTRODUCTION: Signalment, history, rationale and approach up to the point of complication.

    DECRIPTION OF COMPLICATION: What went wrong? Include all pertinent clinical information.

    REVISION PLAN: Surgical, medical and post-operative care plans

    RESULTS: Appropriate quality follow-up.

    DISCUSSION/CONCLUSION: What did we learn? What would you do differently in retrospect? Are there teaching moments for the membership of VOS?

Begin a submission to the following:

New Submissions Closed

New Submissions Closed

New Submissions Closed

Deadline for ALL New Submissions: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:59 am Eastern Time.

Podium presentations at the Conference:

     PowerPoint and Keynote(single screen) will be the only podium presentation mediums guaranteed at the Conference. If any other audiovisual aid is required, please inform the program chair(s) at least 30 days in advance. ALL presentations will use the VOS computer designated for this purpose. ALL presentation files MUST be loaded on the designated computer at least one session prior to scheduled presentations. Failure to do so will result in elimination of the presentation from the Conference. ALL presentations will be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. Moderators will strictly enforce the 10-minute time limit.

Poster presentations at the Conference:

Posters must fit within the 4’ (height) x 4’ (width) area provided at the Conference. Poster presenters are responsible for bringing materials (push pins, tape, etc.) required for mounting the posters for display. The posters should be posted for display on Sunday and removed by noon on Thursday. Presenting authors must attend and be available to answer questions during the entire dedicated Poster Session if they wish to have their poster scored for awards.

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