ICCVM 2020

Effective Clinical Communication: The Future of Communication in Veterinary and Human Medicine


Educators, Researchers, Veterinary & Human Health Professionals, Practice Teams

Call for abstracts is now closed   

Since 2004, the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM) has offered a series of unique, interactive conferences that linked current research in veterinary communication to practical applications in veterinary-client interactions, veterinary team dynamics, veterinary communication education and curriculum development. This year, ICCVM 2020 expands its scope to invite educators, researchers and practitioners who work to enhance communication between human and veterinary medicine in support of One-Health initiatives.
We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for workshops, podium presentations, and posters.
Workshops, podium presentations, and posters will explore research, education, and practice developments in veterinary and medical communication and offer practical suggestions for implementation. The ICCVM focuses on sharing research and innovation, disseminating evidence-based best practices, fostering experiential education, building community, promoting wellbeing, and initiating dialogue on important communication issues.
Workshop presentation (90 minutes long)
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 methods 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 (include divisions of time showing that 75% is interactive), and Implications for Practice or Education (up to 250 words). Please specify maximum number of participants, if applicable.
Podium presentation (10 minutes long with 5 additional 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, Discussion, and Implications for Practice or Education (up to 250 words).
Poster presentation (2 minute poster presentation with 3 additional 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 describe 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, Discussion, and Implications for Practice or Education (up to 250 words).
Suggested themes for workshop, podium or poster submissions
  • Veterinarian-client-patient communication 
  • Inter-professional communication 
  • Research, education or practice initiatives to enhance communication between human and veterinary medicine. 
  • Teaching and assessing clinical communication skills 
  • Basic and applied research in veterinary and medical communication 
  • Communication research methods
  • Communication, well being and resilience in healthcare 
  • Authentic, affirmative and courageous presence 
  • High performance health care 
  • Relationship-centered care 
  • Cross-cultural communication 
  • Narrative medicine 
  • Inter-professional communication teaching & learning 
  • One health communication 
  • How to sustain a communication program 
  • Ethical communication issues 
  • Client / Patient participation and perspective 
  • Application and maintenance of communication skills learned in training programs 
  • Leading change in education and practice  
  • Collegial communication 
  • Team communication 
  •  Technology and clinical communication

Submissions will be assessed by the review committee based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance to Communication in Veterinary Medicine
  • Scientific/Educational/ Practice rationale well described
  • Findings that have potential to change the understanding of communication in Veterinary Medicine 

Key dates
Abstract submission open: Monday, June 17, 2019
Submission deadline: Extended to Thursday, February 13, 2020, midnight EST
Applicants informed of decision (acceptance/ decline): Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Accepted presenters to confirm availability to present by: Monday, March 9, 2020

Abstract publication Authors of accepted abstracts will be able to submit their work for a possible publication to the Veterinary Sciences special issue “9th International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM)".

For more details on the special issue of Veterinary Sciences, please go to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/vetsci/special_issues/ICCVM2020.
For queries regarding application topics and content please contact:
Cindy L Adams ICCVM 2020 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 ICCVM 2020 Secretariat
T: 1.888.527.3434 / 1.519.263.5050 /1.519.263.6003 (direct)
E: daniela@bayleygroup.com