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2022 ACVIM Forum Call for Sessions

Call for Research Abstract Submissions:
Call for Sessions: CLOSED

Submit a Research Abstract

Anyone may submit abstracts to be considered in the Research Abstract category. The delivery method is either a 15-minute oral presentation or a poster format. ACVIM candidates who submit exceptional research abstracts may be eligible for an ACVIM award. 

All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission via email March 18, 2022.

The 2022 ACVIM Forum Call for Sessions has officially closed.

The ACVIM Forum is held annually and strives to be a premier, specialty-focused, must-attend conference. We cater to specialists, specialists in training, general practitioners interested in advanced educational opportunities and veterinary technicians. We work closely with specialized planning groups to develop our program and two times throughout the year, the ACVIM opens a call for session through an online submission process. Submissions for different session types follow separate submission timelines with the call in the fall focusing on scientific programming and the winter call focusing on research abstract submissions. All interested speakers are requested to complete the online submission process. Session submissions for the ACVIM Forum should be high level, cutting-edge, new-to-the-field, technical topics that meet the advanced education criteria of our participants. We take pride in the level and caliber of education offered to our conference attendees.

The Call for Sessions online submission portal gives individuals the opportunity to submit session proposals to present at the ACVIM Forum. For our scientific and general programming, we highly encourage submissions that facilitate audience engagement. All completed applications received through the portal, prior to the deadline, will be reviewed and given full consideration by our review committees. Sessions with audience engagement components will be prioritized during the selection process for delivery in the live, in-person event. On demand, virtual sessions will also be available. Speakers are encouraged to hold the program dates until final notification of session status.  

Below you will find information on important dates, session submission types, session formats and additional information on our hybrid offering. Prior to submission, please ensure you are available to participate in the conference. Click on each submission type for more detailed information and proposal guidelines. 

Questions? Contact the ACVIM Forum Team -

What are the different session types?

All program submissions should be targeted toward veterinary specialists and experienced technicians. General practitioners with the desire to participate in advanced programming are encouraged to attend.  Session lengths may vary to reflect the necessary time to deliver the proposed content. When presenting topics that cross over specialty areas, participants are strongly encouraged to work in tandem with a specialist in the corresponding area relevant to the presentation.   

Session Submission Types

What are the different session formats?

The ACVIM Forum offers sessions in a variety of formats and will be delivering sessions both in-person and virtually during this hybrid event. Sessions that are difficult to be presented virtually will be prioritized for in-person delivery, based on sessions reviews and programming decisions. Live sessions that are able to translate to online delivery will be captured and made available to virtual participants. Opportunities are available to engage attendees in smaller discussions or hands-on settings. These sessions may run within specialty programming tracks or concurrently in the Interactive Session program. 

Session formats vary and can be typically categorized as follows:

  • Case Discussions – Case-based reviews with audience participation incorporated into session delivery.
  • Expert Round Tables – Small group setting providing an excellent change for attendees to interact one-on-one with experts in the field.
  • Hands-on Lab – Small group dry labs offer limited hands-on, skill-based experiences.
  • Lecture Only – Single or multi-presenter sessions with no dedicated opportunities for audience participation. Material delivery is lecture-based only.
  • Panel Discussion – A group of experts discuss a topic from varying perspectives.
  • Workshops – Short courses that demonstrates the practical application of skills and principles using animal models, videotapes, or slides and/or one that encourages free discussion or exchange of ideas.

Additional Session Formats

Additional fees and pre-registration may apply to some sessions and will be determined by the ACVIM office. Maximum attendee levels may pertain to specific sessions to limit attendance size to allow for greater interaction. Please be as specific as possible during the submission process to outline your session needs, including recommended fees, unique technical requirements, session capacities and more.

Session Sponsorships

All sponsorships must be handled through the ACVIM office. No recognition will be provided without the involvement of the ACVIM office. Please indicate recommended sponsorship opportunities and companies within your submission and the ACVIM Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships will follow up pending session acceptance. For any questions, contact Leah Gayheart at

Hybrid Offerings

The hybrid 2022 ACVIM Forum will be comprised of:
  • In-person: live program sessions. In-person sessions that are captured during the live event and delivered in the on demand virtual offering. A small number of sessions may be chosen to be live streamed for a virtual audience.
  • On demand: virtual sessions will complement the in-person, live sessions and be available to both the in-person and virtual audience. On demand sessions will focus on session topics that are successfully delivered in a virtual environment and are primarily lecture-based. All on demand offerings will be available through the end of October 2022.

Important Dates


Includes scientific, technician and general programming sessions. General programming includes sessions focusing on business, leadership, communication, education, research and wellbeing content. 

August 10, 2021


September 13, 2021

Session Status Notifications:

December 2021

January 3, 2022

January 31, 2022

Research Abstract Status Notifications: March 2022


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