Submission Guidelines

  • 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.
    Manuscript guidelines for download (149 KB)
    Manuscript sample for download (1.094 KB)
  • 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 organization.
  • Abstracts must have been submitted online by upload during your registration for the conference. Submissions by fax, post or e-mail will not be considered.
  • All presenters must register for the conference.
  • 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. 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; 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 April 8, 2019.
Accepted presenters will be expected to provide the final abstract or paper for the proceedings by May 2, 2019 and adhere to all submission guidelines.

Presentations at the conference

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations consist of a 10 min talk followed by 3 min of discussion. 2 minutes will be reserved to allow 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 Ethics and Welfare Statement

All material to be presented at the Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference
 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 complies with relevant legislation
  • Has been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted where such a committee exists;
  • Presentation and/or publication has been approved by all the authors
  • For studies using client-owned animals, privacy should be maintained and the information should be anonymised

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

Contact Information

Please direct questions regarding the conference scientific program to 2019@zoowildlifehealth.org.

Hanspeter Steinmetz
EAZWV Past president and ZWHC Scientific Program Committee Co-chair

Yedra Feltrer Rambaud
ECZM Scientific Committee and ZWHC Scientific Program Committee Co-chair

Véronique Mentré
ECZM Scientific Committee and ZWHC Scientific Program Committee Co-chair

Fabia Wyss
Education Committee and ZWHC Scientific Program Committee Co-chair

Kathryn Perrin
Education Committee and ZWHC Scientific Program Committee Co-chair

Torsten Moller
Local Host and ZWHC Scientific Program Committee

Josepha Prügel
IZW Conference Organizer 


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