SAMSoc Autumn 2022 case report competition
for veterinary surgeons

We are looking for interesting case reports or research presentations for our Autumn meeting, to be held in Warwick on Friday 4th November 2022. Our goal with this competition is to allow more people an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues and gain experience in delivering presentations to their peers.
All shortlisted candidates will be required to present a 3-minute presentation in person on the 4th November 2022.
Shortlisted candidates will be eligible for free registration for the whole day.

Case report/research abstract submissions

The abstract should be written in Microsoft Word using Times Roman 12-point font. The first line should contain the title in capitals; the second line all author(s); the third the institution(s) the author(s) are affiliated with; followed by the actual abstract starting as a new paragraph. The print must be black, and the abstract should be no more than 500 words in length including the title (excluding author names and affiliations). The line spacing should be 1.5. 

SAMSoc Committee members will shortlist applications and candidates will be invited to make an oral presentation at the SAMSoc pre-BSAVA Congress meeting.

Please email your abstract in pdf format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Sunday 02/10/2022. We will respond to you no later than midnight of Monday 10/10/2022.

Suitable cases should have interesting discussion points but need not be so unusual that they would be considered publishable. Cases will be selected for presentation based upon their originality, the quality of the medical investigation performed, the validity of the conclusions drawn and the quality of the abstract. This is an excellent opportunity for general practitioners, interns and residents alike to share interesting cases and improve presentation skills in a friendly environment. 

Please note the BSAVA’s rules for submitting abstracts for any Clinical Research Abstracts: “Papers, reports or articles containing the work submitted in the abstract must NOT have been submitted or accepted for publication prior to submission of the abstract. Abstracts must NOT have been presented elsewhere prior to presentation at Congress.”

We would encourage the use of illustrations/figures.


Cases that are chosen for presentation on the day

For successful applications, a 3-minute oral presentation will be required to be delivered on the day, followed by time for questions from the audience. The presentation should made using Microsoft PowerPoint. You may use the SAMSoc PowerPoint template if you wish, available to download from the link above or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All successful candidates should also create an A0 or A1 poster, which they will need to print and bring on the day. The poster should be A0 / A1 size, portrait  layout. The Header should include title, author(s), and disclose any conflict of interest and details of funding.

For case reports the poster should be broken down into the following sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Case history and
  • Physical examination and finding of diagnostic tests
  • Diagnosis
  • Discussion and conclusions
  • References.

For research projects the poster should be broken down into the following sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Discussion and conclusions
  • References.

The text should be at least 2cm in height with a word count of maximum 1000 words. Illustrations / figures are strongly encouraged, should be labelled (i.e. Figure 1) and must have a legend.

There are several online websites that provide guidance on design and print, or a poster can be created using Microsoft PowerPoint. Examples include:

SAMSoc will provide display boards and pushpins to mount posters. Please display your poster at your allocated stand before the start of the meeting.

Judging and prizes 

The audience will select the winning report via a ballot vote at the meeting and the reports will be published after the event on the SAMSoc website.

The winner will receive a prize of £250, and two runners up will receive £100 each.

We look forward to receiving your entry. 

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