AAVN Case Report Competition Details
AAVN Case Report Competition is divided into two categories: (1) Companion
Animal Case Report Competition, sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition; and (2)
Large Animal and Equine Case Report Competition, sponsored by Purina Mills. The
Companion Animal Case Report Competition is open to veterinary students,
interns, residents, and graduate students doing work in a veterinary college
program. The Large Animal and Equine Case Report Competition is open to
veterinary students, interns, residents, and graduate students pursuing an
advanced degree in veterinary or animal nutrition. The
1st place winner of each category will receive a $500.00 travel award to the
2014 AAVN Research Symposium on June 4th in Nashville, TN
and their case report will be printed in the AAVN Newsletter. The 2nd and 3rd place winners
in each category will receive honorable mention and an acknowledgement in the
Case Report Format:
case report must be prepared as a word document with 12 pt. Times New
Roman font, letter-sized pages, 1.5 spacing with 1 inch margins all
Page: Should include the title, author’s name, and college/institution
address. The title should be succinct
and relevant to the case report subject.
The first author must be enrolled as a full-time veterinary student,
intern, resident, or graduate student and able to provide a copy of current
transcript or letter from the institution documenting their training
program. The author’s name, and college/institution
name and address should only appear on this cover page to maintain anonymity of
the rest of the case report during judging.
The introduction should state the purpose of the case report, a brief review of
the problem and a summary of the pertinent and current literature. This section
should not exceed one typed page.
Report: The body of the case report should include a
medical and dietary history, physical findings (including body condition score
evaluation, skin and coat evaluation, muscle condition, etc), caloric
calculations, diagnostic methods and results (e.g. laboratory and radiological
findings, differential diagnoses, treatment and results, necropsy findings
(when appropriate), final diagnoses and outcome of the case.
The discussion involves a subjective critique by the author of the clinical
report, including views on the problem(s) that was/were identified and the
management of the problem(s). This is different from the clinical report, in
which clinical findings are objective. No new information should be added in
In 200 words or less, the author should draw conclusions from their findings
and suggest future directions (if applicable).
References should be listed in order of citation in the text.
Companion animal case reports should be based on a relevant clinical case of an
individual client-owned animal. Large animal and equine case reports should
also be based on a relevant clinical case of either an individually owned
animal or a herd, and should not involve animals included in a research
program. Case reports should not be previously published in any peer-reviewed
journals. The report should include
complete and appropriate diagnostic workups and dietary, medical and/or
surgical managements. The manuscript should reflect your veterinary expertise,
demonstrate your ability to use medical and nutritional principles in the
diagnosis and treatment of animals, and display your ability to communicate
medical and nutritional observations and data in an organized manner.
Manuscripts which make a contribution to or support the existing literature are
encouraged. Many students will not have experience as authors and are
encouraged to consult someone with experience in publishing in refereed
journals; however, any assistance should pertain to style rather than
content. Mentoring authors may be
included; however the award will go to the first author who is primarily
responsible for the preparation and content of the case report.
reports and supporting illustrations should be submitted on a CD using
Microsoft Word 98 or higher. All tabular data should be on a separate sheet
with an appropriate legend. All images should be submitted in a JPEG format
accompanied with the appropriate legend corresponding with the case report.
Supporting illustrations (e.g. radiographs, photographs, electrocardiograms,
line drawings, etc.) must be submitted in high quality computer-generated
graphics. The AAVN Student Case Report Committee will review the manuscripts
and assign a score using a rubric to assess written communication skills,
medical and nutrition knowledge. All participants will be notified by mail
of the results no later than 5:00pm EST April 25, 2014.
report entries should be mailed to the address below and be postmarked no
later than March 14, 2014.
Dr. Martha Cline, AAVN Secretary
Dr. Wilbur Amand, AAVN Executive Director
Case report entries should be mailed to:
Student Case Report Contest
ATTN: Martha Cline
131 Belaire Court
Matawan, NJ 07747