Clinical Abstract and Poster - submission details

NZVNA Abstracts Information

The NZVNA invites the submission of abstracts that detail current research, or case-studies in all aspects of veterinary nursing, including equine, large animal, companion animal, industry and education. All research abstracts will be peer reviewed, case study abstracts will not be. Following acceptance of abstracts, authors will be given the opportunity to display a poster at the 2021 NZVA/NZVNA Conference between Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 November in Christchurch.

If you are unsure if your topic fits the criteria mentioned, we encourage you to submit your abstract for consideration.

What is a poster? Posters are widely used at conferences to present research or information concisely, in an easy to read format, to inform, and generate discussion. Posters often include a combination of text, images, and graphs.

Submissions will be accepted from anyone involved in animal health, welfare and behaviour. NZVNA membership is not required. You will be responsible for your own conference registration.

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Instructions (checklist) for submission of abstract:

• The abstract must be submitted by the presenting author (but not necessarily the lead author)

• Abstracts must be written in English

• Specific advertising in a commercial capacity must not occur

• The use of copyrighted images or information is unacceptable, unless permission for their use has been granted by the copyright owner

• The abstract should contain the relevant information as per the guidelines provided

• Abstracts will not be edited by the NZVNA and you will be responsible for checking your abstract carefully before submission. If accepted, it will be printed for review exactly as submitted. Changes post submission will not be accepted

• On submission you will need to list all co-authors including supervisors and confirm (if appropriate) approval by an ethical committee (where poster presentation is based on research)

• You agree to your abstract being published in The New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Journal

• Be a maximum of 400 words

• All citations used have been published within the last 10 years


Abstracts will not be considered if they:
• are received after the closing date Sunday 19th Sept, 2021.
• are not written in English
• lead the reviewers to believe there are ethical concerns regarding content, or where privacy/welfare has been breached


Successful applicants will need to register (and pay the associated registration fee) to attend the NZVNA Conference. Attendance is required for a poster to be presented.


Upon successful abstract acceptance for poster presentation, you will need to provide the following:

Posters should be printed in landscape A0 (1189mm x 841mm), plus approx. 10-15 A4 copies of poster summary (abstract) for delegates to take away (submitter to provide at their cost).

You will be responsible for ensuring your poster is at the conference (bring it with you). Posters will not be mailed back to authors at the end of the conference. You are welcome to collect your poster at the end of the conference.

At this time, we are limiting research presentation to just that of a poster on display. We hope to include oral presentations in the future, as interest increases.



For researchers new to abstract submission, we have included some brief guidelines below. For researchers new to poster submission, we have included a template as a guideline.

We would like to thank the BVNA for their guidance in preparing our abstract submission guidelines.


Guidance for writing your abstract

An abstract is a succinct overview of your research/project/topic. It should be interesting and capture the attention of the reader. This information will form the basis of your poster content.

As a guide an abstract would normally consist of the following:

1. Title and author information: The title should convince readers that the topic is relevant, important and innovative to veterinary nursing. The names of ALL authors (including supervisors) and their institution must be listed.

2. Introduction: The introduction should provide a context for the work discussed. It may do this by providing a review of current knowledge gaps or an overview of the specific situation you are discussing. It should end by specifying the aims and objectives of the study/project.

3. Methods: This can be a large section to condense into the abstract and as a guide should be three or four sentences. You should provide enough information to judge the validity of the work and aim to include details of the number of people/animals enrolled in the study, the selection process, the method of research and the research setting. Any interventions or variables should be highlighted along with the statistical method used to analyse the collected data.

4. Results: Describe the subjects included in the research and any exclusions (if applicable). List the occurrences of the important outcome variables. If applicable present comparisons of the outcome variables between different subgroups (i.e. young vs. old, male vs. female). Tables should not be included (and will not be accepted) within the abstract, however numerical results should be discussed, include standard deviations and the level of statistical significance.

5. Conclusion: What can be concluded? The conclusion should be supported by the data you have included. What are the implications and what effects does this have to veterinary nursing or the wider profession? Please note maximum word count (excluding title) should not exceed 400 words.

6. Reference list. All references should be recent (within 10 years). Images/graphs should have titles, and referred to via in-text citations. We recommend APA 6th Ed. for reference formatting.