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Call for Student Case Presentations - 2020

Annual Therio Conference Student Case Presentations

Attention to all SFT student members!

The SFT Program Committee is pleased to announce the call for submission of student theriogenology case presentations at the Annual Therio Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The competition will be held during the Annual Conference, July 22-25, 2020.

The purpose of this competition is to promote student interest in SFT, to encourage investigative and communication skills and allow students greater participation in our annual meeting. All SFT student members, defined as those SFT student members in the professional degree curriculum leading to a DVM, VMD or other equivalent degree, are qualified to enter the competition. 

The student theriogenology case presentations will give the SFT membership a look at future leaders and participants of the SFT. Six presentations will be selected to be presented orally. You be notified no later than April 15, 2020 whether your presentation has been selected for presentation. Further instructions will follow notification. Each presentation will be 10 minutes in length. Time has been allotted for questions after each presentation. Those not selected for oral presentation may be selected for a poster presentation. A panel of academicians and private practitioners will review manuscripts. Students will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements and accommodations. Conference hotel information will be available on the SFT website.

A copy of the guidelines and submission instructions can be obtained from the SFT website, your SFT faculty liaison, or Dr. Alexander. Please refer to the Guidelines for Application Submission for preparation of your manuscript.

Abstracts must be submitted by March 10, 2020. Please submit them in Microsoft Word format to Tara Beasley at the Society office,, with a copy to your advisor. Include the words "Student Case Presentation" in subject line. An acknowledgement of your submission should be received within 24 hours. If you do not receive acknowledgement, please contact the office at 334-395-4666.

Please be aware that this is a competition. The contestants will be judged on both the quality of their investigation and the quality of the presentation. Therefore, you must attend the meeting in Pittsburgh to be eligible for the awards. The SFT will award six cash prizes:

 First place           $ 650      Fourth place       $ 375

 Second place      $ 525      Fifth place           $ 300

 Third place          $ 450      Sixth place          $ 200

More than one student may be involved with the presentation of a case or research project, however only one prize will be awarded per presentation. All students (presentations) who are accepted to present abstracts may be awarded a travel stipend. Grant information is available on the Theriogenology Foundation website, Travel grants must be applied for via the website.

Please contact your SFT faculty liaison for more information and for assistance in preparing your manuscript. You may also contact Dr. James H. Alexander at: We hope you will participate in this event.


James H. Alexander, DVM

Guidelines for Application Submission

Society for Theriogenology Student Case Presentation Competition
Annual Therio Conference,Pittsburgh, Pennslvania, July 22 - 25, 2020

All applicants must be student members of The Society for Theriogenology. This includes student members graduating in 2020. 

An Abstract of the Student Case Report must be received by March 10, 2020. Please include the following with your submission:

  1. Name, home address and school address
  2. Veterinary school; year of graduation
  3. Telephone number
  4. Email address
  5. Name, title, address, email address and phone number of the faculty member working with you.
  6. Abstract of your case (300 words or less in the body of the abstract).

        a)     Title and authors

        b)     The importance of the case to Theriogenology

        c)      A discussion of the diagnostic approach and treatment options                                 considered.

        d)     Results/discussion

        e)     References

7.       Normal style, 12-point Times New Roman font, single spacing, 1” margins  

8.       Presentations must be submitted in Microsoft Word format to Tara Beasley at the SFT office at Please copy your submission email to your advisor. You will receive an email acknowledgement of your submission within 24 hours (during business hours). If you do not receive an acknowledgment, please call the office at 334-395-4666.

We will not need any photos, graphs, or diagrams at this time. Prior to the conference you will be required to submit a copy of your Power Point Presentation to the SFT home office to the attention of Tara Beasley at the Society office at no later than June 25, 2020. You will also be required to bring a copy with you to the conference. You will be allowed to update your presentation after June 25, up until 4 hours before your presentation.

Format for Student Case Presentations

Introduction: Authors are asked to consult a recent issue of Clinical Theriogenology for examples of the format used by the journal. Instructions for authors are included in the forematter of each issue and should contain sufficient information to prepare acceptable manuscripts. Specific examples of each section of the abstract are presented below.

Page layout: One inch margins top, bottom, and sides; single spaced on one page; Times New Roman font, font size 12 point

Title: Bold font, centered, only first word and proper nouns upper case, remainder lower case

Example: Hydroallantois and prepubic tendon rupture in a Standardbred mare

Authors: First name or initial, middle name or initial (if any), last name; separated by comma; departmental or institutional affiliation denoted by superscript letter (superscript numbers are used to cite references); superscript placed after punctuation; centered below title; do not include degrees or specialty board certification

Example: Madonna Jayne Wilda Morrison,a Bradley Back,a J. Trenton McClure,a Paul Hanna,a Claire Card,b Mariana Diel de Amorima

Institutional affiliation: Department, College, University, City, State abbreviation, Country (if other than the United States); do not include other information such as street address, zip (postal) code, etc.

Example: aAtlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottown, PE, Canada; bWestern College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Text: Indent the first line of each paragraph by 0.5 inches; single spaced; do not leave extra space between paragraphs; font size 12 point

Abbreviations: Abbreviations should be used sparingly; if a word is used only two or three times there is probably no need to abbreviate it. If a word is used multiple times, then abbreviation is acceptable. If abbreviations are used, define the abbreviation at its first use, then use the abbreviation thereafter. Do not begin a sentence with an abbreviation; either write the word or revise the sentence. Do not use abbreviations in titles.

Keywords: Authors should list up to six keywords that describe their work;

Example: Keywords: Equine, mucociliary, endoscopy, cervix, carbon

References: In general, most abstracts do not require bibliographic citation but if the authors wish to cite published literature, please follow the citation format used by the journal. References are cited in order of use in the text by a superscript number placed after any punctuation. Examples of acceptable citation format can be found in the instructions for authors in each issue of Clinical Theriogenology.

Example: Hydroallantois in mares is a rare and life-threatening condition,1,2 which may lead to abdominal wall disease. 2,3



List only first three authors, if more than three, then “et al”

Last name of authors first; then initials; no periods after initials or spaces between initials

Comma between authors’ names

Colon (:) after last author

Example: Falvo RE, Buhl AE, Reimers TJ, et al:


First letter of first word capitalized; capitalize only proper nouns in title

Lower case letter of first word after colon if used in title

Upper case letter of first word after period if title is composed of multiple sentences

Period after the end of title


True hermaphroditism in a wild sheep: a clinical report.

Journal Title:

Use official journal title abbreviations as found in PubMed. One word titles are not abbreviated. If the title abbreviation cannot be found in PubMed, then consult the website “Appendix A: Abbreviations for commonly used English words in journal titles” available at:

Journal titles are in normal font, not italics.

One space between journal title and year of publication

Year of Publication:

Year of journal publication is followed by a semi-colon (;)

No space after year or after semi-colon

Volume Number

The volume number of the journal follows the semi-colon, no spaces and is followed by a colon

Issue numbers, months, etc are not included

Page Numbers

The inclusive page numbers are listed; if only the first page is listed, it gives the appearance that the work cited is an abstract and less worthy than a full manuscript. All digits are given. A period follows the page numbers.

Examples of proper citations:

Bruere AN, McDonald MF, Marshall RB: Cytogenetical analysis of an ovine male pseudohermaphrodite and the possible role of the Y chromosome in cryptorchidism of sheep. Cytogenetics 1969;8:148-157.

Falvo RE, Buhl AE, Reimers TJ, et al: Diurnal fluctuations of testosterone and LH in the ram: effect of HCG and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone. J Reprod Fertil 1975;42:503-510.

Barrack ER, Berry SJ: DNA synthesis in the canine prostate: effects of androgen and estrogen treatment. Prostate 1987;10:45-56.

Parkinson TJ, Smith KC, Long SE, et al: Inter-relationships among gonadotrophins, reproductive steroids and inhibin in freemartin ewes. Reproduction 2001;122:397-409.

Bunch TD, Callan RJ, Maciulis A, et al: True hermaphroditism in a wild sheep: a clinical report. Theriogenology 1991;36:185-190.

Fayrer-Hosken RA, Huber TL, Miller DM, et al: Infertility in a ewe as a result of ovotestis. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1992;200:1528-1529.

Veterinary Clinics of North America looks like a book but it is a journal and should be so cited.


Johnson CA: Diagnosis and treatment of chronic vaginitis in the bitch. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 1991;21:523-531.



Cite the authors of the chapter, not the editor(s) if a multi-author book

List the first three authors, followed by et al if there are more than three

Punctuation and spacing the same as above for authors of journal articles


Capitalize the first word of the title, then only proper nouns if they appear in the title

Period after the end of the title


List the editors of a multi-author book; list only the first three followed by et al if there are more than three editors

City of Publication:

List the city in which the book was published. Include the state (if in the United States) if the city is small and not easily recognized by the reader; include the country if a small city is not in the US; followed by a colon


One space after colon, then list the publisher

Semi-colon after name of publisher


One space after semi-colon, then year of publication

Period after the year, followed by one space


Lower case “p”followed by a period and one space

Inclusive page numbers of chapter or section;

Period follows page numbers


Stone EA: Ovary and uterus. In: Slatter D, editor. Textbook of small animal surgery. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2003. p. 1487-1502.

 McKentee K: Cervix, vagina, and vulva. Reproductive pathology of domestic mammals. San Diego: Academic Press; 1990. p. 209-210.

Barth AD: Evaluation of potential breeding soundness. In: Youngquist RS, Threlfall WR, editors. Current therapy in large animal theriogenology. 2nd ed. St. Louis: W.B. Saunders; 2007. p. 228-240.

Maxwell H: Inability to breed due to injury or abnormality of the external genitalia of bulls. In: Hopper RM, editor. Bovine reproduction. Ames(IA): Wiley; 2015. p. 113-127.

 Common problems with words:

Spelling: Please use American spelling throughout

Write out the entire word (examination, not exam; laboratory, not lab)

Plural words: The words “data” and “media” are plural and take a plural verb (data were; media were); if singular use is intended, use datum and medium

Post: The English word “post” has many meanings, none of which are “after”. The prefix “post-“ means “after” but indiscriminant use of post- placed before random words has become jargon and is widely misused in print and electronic communication. A few words such as “postpartum” have become standard English. In many cases “after” or “following” are more appropriate words. If you cannot find it in a dictionary, it is not a word.

Fetus: The plural of “fetus” is “fetuses”

Recommended reading:

Day R, Gastel B: How to write and publish a scientific paper. 7th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2012.

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