SAMSoc Nurses Autumn meet 2021
Case and research presentation guidelines

Submissions from nurses now invited!

Thank you for considering presenting a clinical case  or your  research at the first SAMSoc Nurses meeting.  Case presentations are a fantastic way to share your experiences, discuss interesting cases, learn from others and practise and develop your public speaking skills. We are here to support you through the process. This document contains guidelines to follow when structuring and planning your presentation, as well as some tips.

Selecting a case
As a general rule, cases selected for presentation should do one or more of the following:

  • Discuss an unusual, rare, or new trend in patient presentation or nursing interventions

  • Describe a commonly seen patient presentation, but discuss new, alternative or unreported nursing approaches or interventions

  • Identify and discuss a challenging nursing dilemma or case

  • Raise and discuss related issues other than nursing interventions, such as the role of the VN in practice, or professional issues

Please ensure you have gained consent from your clinic +/- the owner, especially if using photographs of the patient in your presentation.


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:

1. Signalment

This includes the patient’s name, species, breed, age, gender, neutering status and bodyweight.

2. Case presentation

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.

3. Patient investigation and diagnosis

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.

4. Treatment and nursing care

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.

5. Outcome

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:

1. Introduction

What is the background for your research and what evidence is there currently on this topic? What is your research hypothesis?

2. Materials and methods

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.

3. Results

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.

4. Discussion and conclusions

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.


  • A maximum of 4 presentations will be given at each SAMSoc meeting day; this is to ensure that nurses presenting all get enough time to explain their case thoroughly. Please use the SAMSoc PowerPoint template if you are using PowerPoint for your presentation (click on the button below).

  • Case presentations should last no less than 8 minutes, and no greater than 13 minutes. Presentations which run longer than 15 minutes will be stopped in order to give sufficient time to each person. Please practice your presentation beforehand with a timer.

  • Be confident. You are the person who has cared for this patient, and you are discussing your experiences – there is no right or wrong! We are all here to learn from each other and share our experiences, not judge or look for mistakes.

  • Speak clearly and slowly, and avoid unnecessary or distracting movements which could draw your audience’s attention away from the wonderful case you are presenting.

Submitting your case study

  • Please use the SAMSoc master slide as the basis for your format.

  • The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 27th October 2021. Candidates invited to present on the day will be notified no later than Monday 1st November.

  • Email you submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the event of several entries, two members of the SAMSoc Committee members will shortlist submissions.

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