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Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST

To create a submission, please follow the steps in order below.

The link to the Submission System is here.  

  1. If you do not have an account in CATALYST, click on 'Start New Submission' and then on the 'Register' tab.
  2. Enter your email address, password and confirm password. Click the Sign up button.
  3. An email will be sent to you.
  4. Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled, “Confirm Account.”
  5. You will receive an email to now log in.
  6. Once logged in, a turquoise box will pop up at the top of your screen indicating you have created a submission.
  7. Read the Instructions tab.
  8. Complete all the required fields on all the tabs.
  9. Click “Save,” on the bottom right of your screen after you complete each tab.
  10. Click on the “Submit” button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.
  1. If you already have an account in CATALYST, Login.
    • A new blank submission will be created.
      • If a new blank submission is not automatically created, click the link again.
    • A new submission can also be created by clicking SUBMISSIONS in the Dashboard menu. Then click Create Submission on the right


•There will be six focused scientific groups:

    --Clinical Pathology
    --Diagnostic Pathology
    --Experimental Disease
    --Industrial & Toxicologic Pathology
    --Natural Disease

•Focused Scientific groups will designate abstracts for either short oral presentations or posters and your preference will not always be possible.

•Awards will be available for application:

     --ACVP/AAVLD Diagnostic Pathology Travel Award
     --ACVP/American Society of Investigative Pathology Meeting Travel Award
     --Society of Toxicologic Pathology Resident and Student Poster Award
     --Young Investigator Awards (ACVP and ASVCP)

•Presenters are required to register for the Annual Meeting.


ACVP Veterinary Student Posters Call for Abstracts
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2017

More information about the veterinary student poster call for abstracts will be available in the spring. This call for abstracts is only open to veterinary students.


Focused Group Descriptions

The Focused Scientific Sessions (FSS) provide an opportunity for individuals to present novel findings at the ACVP and ASVCP Annual Meeting in six categories. These categories were designed to allow for abstract submission in a broad spectrum of areas that represent the diversity in Veterinary Pathology. They are listed below:

Clinical Pathology
Diagnostic Pathology
Experimental Disease
Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology
Natural Disease

Clinical Pathology
Abstracts in the Clinical Pathology session are focused on clinical pathology diagnostics and clinicopathologic aspects of natural or experimental disease.

Diagnostic Pathology
Abstracts in the Diagnostic Pathology session are intended to be an opportunity for presentation of brief pathology case reports. Abstracts submitted to this category are typically reports of classic disease entities, common diseases in an unusual species, or an atypical disease in any one animal. This session also includes brief descriptions of new/contemporary diagnostic tests/methods. The emphasis in this category should be on descriptive, not mechanistic, pathology.

Abstracts in the Education session are focused on information related to education in veterinary pathology, veterinary medicine or training tools utilized in education.

Experimental Disease
Abstracts in the Experimental Disease session include in-depth investigations into the pathophysiology or pathogenesis of experimentally induced disease processes in relevant animal species or in animal models. Submission in this category may include mechanistic pathology of experimentally induced diseases or descriptions of new animal model systems and the comparative pathology of those models.

Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology
Abstracts in the Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology session include descriptions and in-depth investigations into the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of toxins, chemicals, environmental pollutants and xenobiotic agents. Topics can include investigative studies, case reports, regulatory study summaries or involve studies with laboratory animal models that are relevant to industrial pathology.

Natural Disease
Abstracts in the Natural Disease session include in-depth investigations into the pathology or pathophysiology of naturally occurring or emerging disease processes, detailed case series of a particular process, or naturally occurring disease spectrum in a given population. This session also includes in-depth descriptions of new/contemporary diagnostic testing that would include details on method, validation, and optimization in a case series and thus not be suitable for the brief format of the Diagnostic Pathology session.


2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Focused Group Abstracts (PDF)
(includes focused group abstracts, veterinary student poster abstracts and late breaking poster abstracts)