Selecting a case
As a general rule, cases selected for presentation should do one or more of the following:
Case presentation structure
Every case presentation should follow a logical structure, ensuring that all important aspects of the patient’s care are discussed. The sections to include in your case presentation are:
This includes the patient’s name, species, breed, age, gender, neutering status and bodyweight.
This includes any relevant medical history (pre-existing disease, current medications, etc), the patient’s clinical signs and examination findings. This section should be succinct.
This includes the veterinary surgeon’s differential diagnosis list (including a description/explanation of the disease process where necessary), the plan for diagnostic tests and procedures, the tests/procedures performed and results.
This includes the plan for managing the patient after diagnosis – the medications, fluids and non-pharmaceutical treatments prescribed. Also include the day-to-day care of the patient during hospitalisation, evaluation of your care and how this changed during hospitalisation.
This is your concluding section, and includes the case outcome, and any concluding points you would like to make about your patient’s care.
Research presentation structure
For research projects, the presentation should be broken down into the following sections:
What is the background for your research and what evidence is there currently on this topic? What is your research hypothesis?
How was the research project undertaken? Was this a retrospective or prospective study? What materials / equipment was used and what was the study design? What were the study groups, were they randomised and what interventions were applied? This section should include enough information so the audience understands how the study was undertaken and how they may replicate the study if they so wanted to. Please include if any ethics approval was obtained if appropriate and also include a very short description of any statistical tests used.
These can be presented as text, graphs or charts, tables or a combination of these. First describe your population (i.e. dogs aged between 1 and 12 with a mean age of 7 years) and the remainder of their signalment, then move onto the highlights of the results / outcome of the hypothesis. Do not interpret the results, just this section to present the data and use the discussion to interpret the results.
How does your data fit into the wider context of veterinary medicine and how does it to compare to the previous known information on this topic. Can you provide any possible explanations for the results (but be careful not to over interpret the data).What were the limitations of the study and how could these have affected the results. Finish the discussion with one to three concluding sentences regarding your research.
Please include references as a last slide at the end of the presentation to but the references do not need to be discussed during the presentation.
Submitting your case study