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6th IVSWS Call for Abstracts

The 6th IVSWS is a scholarly conference accepting:

  • 90-minute workshop,
  • 60-minute presentation,
  • 30-minute podium,
  • poster presentation,
  • table topic,
  • and working group abstracts

in the four areas of Veterinary Social Work and animals and poverty.

There will be an additional track on:

  • Play and wellbeing activities


Programs of research, programmatic innovations accompanied by evaluation data, and theoretical perspective papers grounded in scholarly literature review are encouraged. Working group abstracts are invited to develop a group of individuals who wish to work together for a period of two years to move some VSW related innovation, issue, concern, or approach forward.


  • Abstracts must not exceed 450 words (excluding references)
  • All abstracts must include 2-3 learning objectives and corresponding evaluation questions for each objective (not counted in 450 word limit)
  • If accepted, all authors must register for the conference at a reduced rate.
  • Abstracts are due by April 15, 2020
  • Abstracts decisions will be sent May 2020
  • Acceptance of invitation due June 2020

WORKSHOP SESSIONS: (90 minutes long) Workshop sessions are 60-75 minute presentations with 15-30 minutes of discussion. These can be presented by one author, or several authors discussing a specific subject in a symposium format.

PRESENTATION: (60 minutes long) Presentation sessions are 45 minute presentations with 15 minutes of discussion. These can be presented by one author, or several authors discussing a specific subject.

PODIUM PRESENTATIONS: (30 minutes long) These presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes of discussion.

POSTER: Posters should be horizontal and no larger than 3.5 x 6 feet. There will be scheduled time when authors must be present with their poster to discuss their work.

TABLE TOPICS: Table topics promote development of new ideas, connections, and networking between professionals. These topics are not program specific, but rather broader areas of interest. Examples might include “miniature horses in animal assisted therapy,” or “compassion fatigue in lab animal medicine,” or “grief and loss related to working dogs.” Table topics will occur at meal times.

WORKING GROUPS: Working groups are designed to create a network of individuals interested in moving a specific topic area of VSW forward. Examples include “Emotional support animal working group” or “VSW inter-professional principles and practices working group” “or “Veterinary Hospice working group” or “ NASW-VSW advocacy working group.” The groups will meet at the conclusion of the IVSWS  with a free dinner and work space for developing the group’s agenda. The abstract submitter will be responsible for leading the discussion, developing the working agenda, establishing a timeline, and leading the effort. Abstracts should include a description of the “problem,” an outline for a 4-hour work group meeting, and possible goals and objectives for the group to consider working towards. The groups will be invited to report the results of their efforts at the IVSWS 2020.

PLAY and WELLBEING ACTIVITIES: Since 2008, the IVSWS has incorporated play activities in the conference to support learning and connection. This year delegates are invited to submit abstracts for play activities to be offered at the Summit. Abstracts for activities must include goals and objectives as well as evidence for efficacy and experience of facilitator. Team building activities as well as wellbeing activities are highly encouraged.

Click HERE to submit an abstract. Submissions are due by April 15th.

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