Call for Abstracts

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Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline has passed.

After Submission

Confirmation of completed abstract
After you submit your abstract, you will receive a confirmatory email. It is your responsibility to verify that all information is complete and correct. No changes can be made after the March 15, 2019 deadline. 

Abstract Review
All Regular Track abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee, which is comprised of a wide range of professionals with expertise in the wildlife health field. Student Track abstracts will be reviewed by the Student Program Committee. More information for students about scoring is available in the WDA Student Awards Competition announcement available on the WDA 2019 Conference Program page. Reviewers are not provided with author information.

Abstracts are assessed using the following seven criteria:

  1. Background
  2. Hypothesis/Objective
  3. Materials and Methods
  4. Results
  5. Conclusions
  6. Innovation/Originality
  7. Significance

For abstracts submitted to the Regular Track, each criterion is scored on a scale of 0-5, for a maximum possible total score of 35 points. Abstracts submitted to the Student Track are scored slightly differently. Criteria 1 through 5 are scored on a 0-5 scale and criteria 6 and 7 are scored on a 0-3 scale, for a maximum possible score of 31.

Notification to authors
Authors will be notified of the decision on their abstract by April 30, 2019. Presenters must accept or decline the invitation to present by May 15, 2019. We encourage presenters to complete the conference registration at that time. 

Presentation Withdrawal
If a presentation must be withdrawn from the program, contact the conference program chair Kirsten Gilardi ( Presentations withdrawn after June 15, 2019 may not be able to be replaced.

Poster and Oral Presentation Formats
Detailed oral and poster presentations guidelines will be provided with notification of abstract acceptance. We encourage authors with projects that are not expected to be completed by the end of the call for abstracts to submit a poster, rather than an oral presentation. Posters will be displayed prominently during extended session breaks. 

All oral presentation rooms will be equipped with a computer and projector. Microsoft Office PowerPoint will be the only format for oral presentations.

Registration Required to Participate

All presenters (both poster and oral) need to register for the conference no later than May 15, 2019 to confirm participation.