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Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference 2020 - Abstract Submission




Dear Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference Delegate,

After careful consideration of the risks and alternatives, we have come to the decision to that holding the 2020 Zoo and Wildlife Conference as a physical meeting would be unwise and we are therefore cancelling our Emmen 2020 meeting.

Despite these difficult times, we all still need to engage in continuing education to provide high standards of professional care to our wildlife patients. The EAZWV team is therefore exploring options to deliver as much of the scientific program as possible virtually over the summer months. We will be working on this with the Scientific Program Committee and the authors  and will get back to you with our proposal as soon as we can.

We will also start work on refunding your registrations. Each refund will need to be done manually so, as you can imagine, it may take a few weeks to get through them all. We will endeavour to refund online payments to the credit / debit card used.  We will be contacting those who have paid by bank transfer individualy so as to get your bank details for the refund.

Thank you for your patience and understanding 




Themes for 2020 conference:

We welcome submissions on any topic pertaining to Zoo and Wildlife Health however submissions relating to the following themes are particularly welcome:

  • Reptile Emerging Diseases
  • Bear Medicine and Conservation
  • Aquatic Medicine
  • Legislation Impacting Zoo and Wildlife Vets


Abstract submission guidelines:

  • Please Note Abstract Submission for the May conference is now closed.
  • Submissions must be properly formatted and must adhere to the conference manuscript guidelines. Please download the manuscript guidelines below. Non-adherence to formatting guidelines will have a negative impact on selection.
  • If a poster or abstract has been presented elsewhere, previously published, or is submitted/in press elsewhere, the author must provide a "reprinted with permission” statement from the other organisation.
  • Abstracts must be submitted online. This year our abstract submission platform is hosted by the Swiss Veterinary Association. Click here to submit your abstract. Once you have registered as an author, make sure to chose the “Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference 2020 – Abstract submission” option. If you need further information about the submission, you may check these detailed instructions.
  • Submissions by e-mail, post or fax will not be considered.

  • All presenters must register for the conference by the 1st February 2020. If you have not done so, your paper will be withdrawn and your place offered to another author.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts you can submit, but a maximum of one oral presentation will be accepted per individual.
  • Authors will be allowed the opportunity to provide minor revisions to their abstracts after they have been selected for inclusion in the conference scientific program.
  • Authors wishing to pursue publication in peer-reviewed journals are advised to limit their abstract to less than 250 words to avoid potential conflicts with later publication.


Review and acceptance of abstracts:

  • Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by at least two session co-chairs for relevance, sound scientific methods, available results, and conclusions. Prior to receiving abstracts for review, the session chairs will be given a list of authors and asked to decline to review specific abstracts should there be any conflict of interest.

  • The abstract should make a meaningful contribution to the scientific program and continuing education for our members and attendees, and should not already be well represented in the literature.

  • Submissions regarding the management of single cases (case studies) should provide substantive and significant clinical, pathological, or research information, such as the use of novel therapeutics or diagnostics.

  • Abstracts will be given a low score and recommended for rejection if only an outline is provided or if the abstract states "data will be presented” or "subject will be discussed”.

  • Proposals constituting sales pitches for products or services will not be considered.

  • The highest-ranking abstracts will be the basis for building sessions around common themes.

  • Contributions, either oral or poster, must be presented by a conference participant. If none of the authors is attending the conference, the contribution will not be accepted.

  • Authors will receive an e-mail informing them whether their paper has been accepted, and whether it has been selected for a poster or for an oral presentation by the 28th February 2020  DATE TO BE CONFIRMED (SEE COVID-19 NOTICE ABOVE)

  • Accepted presenters will be expected to provide the final abstract or paper for the proceedings by the 22nd March 2020 and adhere to all submission guidelines. DATE TO BE CONFIRMED (SEE COVID-19 NOTICE ABOVE)



Presentations at the conference:

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations consist of a 10 minutes talk followed by 3 minutes of discussion. A total of 2 minutes will be reserved to allow for a smooth change between successive speakers.


Poster Presentations

Posters in portrait format; max. 84 cm (width) x 120 cm (height).



Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference 2020 Ethics and Welfare Statement

All material to be presented at the Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference, formally or informally, must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare. Abstracts will be considered for presentation only if the work described:

  • Follows international, national and institutional guidelines for the humane treatment of animals and comply with relevant legislation;
  • Where it concerns the experimental manipulation of animals, have been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted, when such a committee exists;
  • Have been approved by all authors (applies to presentations and publications at the conference);
  • For studies using client-owned animals, privacy should be maintained and the information should be anonymized.

The reviewers of the conference abstracts retain the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of ethical and welfare concerns.



Contact information for questions on the scientific program:



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