8th ICCVM Conference 2018

Communication in Veterinary Medicine:
Milestones and Path​s​ Forward

Educators, Researchers, Practicing Veterinarians & their Teams 

Abstract submissions are now closed.
Thank you to all who have submitted an abstract for the 8th ICCVM! 


The ICCVM is a unique, interactive conference that links current research in veterinary communication to practical applications in veterinary-client interactions, veterinary team dynamics, veterinary communication education and curriculum development. 

Participants are a diverse, progressive interdisciplinary group of veterinary professionals, veterinary medical educators and researchers. 

The conference offers considerable opportunity for networking and sharing innovative ideas. 

Workshops and podium and poster presentations explore research and educational developments in veterinary communication and offer practical suggestions for implementation.

We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for workshop, podium and poster presentations. The ICCVM focuses in sharing research and innovation, disseminating best practices, fostering experiential education, building community and promoting dialogue on important communication issues. 

Workshop presentation 
(90 minutes long) 

These workshops are intended to provide opportunities for participants to engage with each other and with the workshop facilitators and should be 75% interactive. In your abstract submissions, please specify the strategies you will use to engage participants in interactive structured activities, application of concepts or skills, discussion, etc.

Abstract outline: Title (up to 15 words), Introduction/Background, Objectives, Methods (outline showing divisions of time so that 75% is interactive), and Implications (up to 250 words). 

Podium presentation
(10 minutes long with 5 minutes for discussion) 

Podiums provide a forum for researchers, educators or practitioners to present communication projects that are completed or near completion with clear outcomes or findings to report. Each podium session will include 3-4 presentations thematically grouped with questions and discussion after each. 

Abstract outline: Title (up to 15 words), Introduction/Background, Objectives, Methods, Findings, and Discussion (up to 250 words).   

Poster presentation (2 minute poster-side presentation with 3 minutes for discussion 

Posters offer practitioners, educators or researchers the opportunity to share best practices, educational or organizational innovations and research projects. This is also a good place to outline projects that are still in developmental stages. Displays will be showcased during designated conference hours when presenters will be available for discussion with delegates.

Abstract outline: Title (up to 15 words), Introduction/Background, Objectives, Methods, Findings, and Discussion (up to 250 words). 

Suggested themes for workshop, podium or poster submissions

• Veterinarian-client-patient communication           
• Teaching clinical communication skills
• Assessing communication competence
• Basic and applied research in veterinary communication
• Authentic, affirmative and courageous presence
• High performance health care
• Relationship-centered care
• Cross-cultural communication
• Narrative medicine
• Inter professional teaching & learning
• One health communication
• How to sustain a communication program
• Communication research methods
• Ethical communication issues
• Client participation and perspective
• Perspective and maintenance of skills learned since graduation
• Leading change in education or practice
• Collegial communication 

Submissions will be assessed by the review committee based on the 
following criteria

• Well defined purpose and rationale
Presentation of evidence, objectivity 
Appropriate methodology
• Applicability of outcomes and/or implications

Key dates

Abstract submission opens June 1, 2017
Submission deadline: Extended to November 22, 2017 - 12:00 am (midnight) EST
Applicants informed of decision (acceptance/ decline): December 15, 2017
Accepted presenters to confirm availability to present by January 15, 2018

Abstract publication

Authors of accepted abstracts will be able to submit their work for a possible publication to the Veterinary Sciences special issue “8th International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM).

For more details on the special issue of Veterinary Sciences, please go to http://www.mdpi.com/journal/vetsci/special_issues/ICCVM.


For queries regarding application topics and content please contact: 

Cindy L Adams 
ICCVM 2017 Steering Committee - Chair
T: 403. 680.9944
E: cadams@ucalgary.ca 

For queries regarding the online submission process and for technical difficulties, please contact: 

Daniela Nogueira
8th ICCVM Conference 
T:1.888.527.3434 / 519.263.5050 /519.263.6003 (direct) 
E: daniela@bayleygroup.com