Session Details

Due: Aug. 15, 2022

Please note, OVMA reserves the right to edit your titles and descriptions for length, clarity, and/or style.

Titles

Composition

Session titles should be brief but specific. If you will be covering a broad topic, add a few words to your title to narrow down the scope.

Please use title case (capitalize important and longer words; lowercase short words and prepositions).

Length

Session titles should be no more than 80 characters (including spaces and punctuation) per one-hour session. Half-hour sessions should be no more than 40 characters.

Examples

Service Animals
Service Animals: What is the Veterinarian's Role? (49 characters)

Backyard Poultry
Backyard Poultry: Individual Medicine and Surgery (49 characters)

Tracheal Collapse Syndrome
Treatment Strategies for Tracheal Collapse Syndrome (51 characters)

Audience & Level

For each session, please designate which audience(s) and skill/knowledge level(s) the presentation is geared toward. This helps attendees choose sessions that best fit their education and experience.

Audiences

  • V = Veterinarians
  • T = Technicians
  • MO = Managers & Owners
  • HS = Hospital Staff
  • SS = Shelter Staff
  • BT = Behaviorists & Trainers

Levels

  • 1 = Beginner
  • 2 = Intermediate
  • 3 = Advanced
Descriptions

Length & Composition

Please summarize your presentation in 3-5 bullet points consisting of up to 125 words total. Include a short lead-in sentence if needed for context (see examples below).

Content & Style

  • Descriptions should be succinct but detailed enough to give attendees an accurate idea of what will be covered in your session(s).
  • Tell attendees exactly what they can expect to learn, while keeping background information to a minimum.
  • Third person, future tense preferred.
  • Spell out acronyms on first reference unless widely known to intended audience.
Multi-Hour Sessions

Sessions that take up more than a single 60-minute time block can be handled in the following ways:

  • Use the same title for each session, but add "Part I," "Part II," etc. The description can either give an overview of all parts or individualized for each hour.
  • Break the multi-hour session into separate segments with different titles and descriptions. You may or may not wish to use "Part I," "Part II," etc.
  • See below for examples.
Examples

48 words:

The Institute of Veterinary Medical Devices (IVMD) approved widgets in 1950, but it wasn't until 2000 that veterinarians began using them. In this session, attendees will learn:

  • What widgets are;
  • How widgets can help them in their day-to-day practice; and
  • Why IVMD prefers widgets over thingies and whosits.

100 words:

A recent study found that 98 percent of people have trouble bonding with their pet fish. Despite attempts to snuggle or take them on walks, most fish refuse to love their owners—some even playing dead to avoid together time. In this lecture, participants will:

  • Discover how to overcome brain chemistry that prevents fish from reciprocating owners' love;
  • Practice conversing with fish in a way that helps them bond;
  • Hear arguments for and against popular bonding activities (e.g., going to the park, taking a train ride, etc.); and
  • Learn when not to attempt bonding with pet fish. (Spoiler alert: Pirhanas!)

Multi-Hour Sessions, Option 1:

100-101. Choosing the Best Dog for Your Family

Everyone has a favorite type of dog, but that doesn't mean the breed is a fit for your client's individual lifestyle. In this two-part session, attendees will:

  • Learn reputable sources for research;
  • Discover the best and worst breeds for would-be pet owners, from low to high energy; and
  • Find out what breeds suit any type of owner.

Multi-Hour Sessions, Option 2:

100. Choosing the Best Dog for Your Family, Part I: High-Energy Breeds

Everyone has a favorite type of dog, but that doesn't mean the breed is a fit for your client's individual lifestyle. In the first part of this two-hour session, attendees will learn:

  • What breeds are a best fit for a high-energy family
  • How to help clients when they make a poor choice

101. Choosing the Best Dog for Your Family, Part II: Low-Energy Breeds

Not every person is energetic and active, and neither are dogs. In the second part of this two-hour session, attendees will learn:

  • What breeds are a good fit for would-be owners with low energy or sedentary lifestyles
  • How to help clients when they make a poor choice

Speaker Information

Due: Aug. 15, 2022

Please note, OVMA reserves the right to edit your biography for length, clarity, and/or style.

Biography

Your bio will be included alongside your photo (if submitted) on the MVC website and mobile app. Your session moderator (should you elect to have one) will also use your submitted bio to introduce you.

Please limit the information included in your biography to professional details, such as:

  • Post-secondary education, internships, and residencies
  • Relevant employment
  • Organization memberships
  • Awards & recognitions

Biographies should be written in third person.

The maximum length is 200 words. When filling out the form, please re-read your entry before submitting to ensure nothing is cut off.

For examples, please see the 2022 MVC Speaker List.

Photograph

Speaker photographs are encouraged but not required.

Your photo will be included in the speaker list, located on the MVC website and in the mobile app.

Please submit a high-quality image of at least 200 dpi resolution.

Professional headshots are preferred.

Conference Proceedings

Due: Dec. 15, 2022
PowerPoint Presentations

Use a common font, such as Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, Verdana or Trebuchet MS, to ensure your presentation displays correctly. Make sure the font you select is easy to read.

Please do not insert company logos or otherwise promote specific companies, products, and/or services, unless doing so has an educational value.

Keep in mind that OVMA staff may have edited your submitted titles, so please refer to the Educational Program when composing your presentation title slide to ensure consistency.

Please use a light background with dark/bold text to improve readability and ensure your presentation is legible on all formats and sizes (mobile phone, printed, etc.). Note: The MVC presentation template meets these readability standards.

Save your presentation as a .ppt or .pptx file before uploading. Doing so allows OVMA to convert your presentation to several different versions for the conference proceedings.

The maximum file size is 250 MB. If your PowerPoint is too large to upload, you may submit BOTH of the following in lieu of a .ppt or .pptx:

  • Full-color, full-size slides in PDF format, AND
  • Black-and-white, three-up with notes section in PDF format

MVC Presentation Templates

We encourage you to use the official MVC slide template to simplify the process of building your presentation. Click below to download your preferred version.

Scientific Notes

Use a common, easy-to-read font.

Session title should be 14-point or higher*, all caps, bold, and centered on the first line at the top of the page.

Keep in mind that OVMA staff may have edited your submitted titles, so please refer to the Educational Program when composing your presentation title slide to ensure consistency.

Skip a line after the title and insert your byline in 12-point*, title case, italic text.

Use 10- or 11-point font*, single spacing for paragraphs.

*Note regarding font sizes: Readability can vary by font family, so 12-pt. text in one typeface may be readable whereas 12 pt. in another may not. Please use your best judgment when setting type sizes. A good rule of thumb is: The title should be the largest and the body text the smallest, with the byline and subhead somewhere in between.

We recommend a maximum of 10 pages per one hour of lecture time.

Document margins should be no less than 1 inch wide.

Please do not insert logos or otherwise promote specific companies, products, and/or services, unless doing so has an educational value.

Save your file as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), plain text (.txt), or PDF (.pdf) document.

Notes are to be submitted in electronic format only via the Speaker Service Center.

Other Supplemental Documents

If your presentation does not warrant scientific notes, you are welcome to provide other documents, provided they are not commercial in nature. Please combine all supplemental materials into one file prior to uploading.