BSAVA announces Congress 2021 Clinical Abstract Award Winners

12 August 2021

The BSAVA has announced joint winners for the Best Online Clinical Abstract Award for Congress 2021. Inigo Sanz-Gonzales, ECVIM cardiology resident in training at the University of Edinburgh, and Ditte Erika Leth Vasby, a senior veterinarian in companion animal general medicine and dermatology at the University of Copenhagen were selected as the Award’s joint winners, from more than 125 high calibre research submissions from around the world.

A diverse programme of clinical abstracts has always been an integral part of Congress, where researchers alongside vets, vet nurses and practice staff share the latest research, unusual case reports and novel procedures.

Inigo’s abstract entitled “Predictive value of cardiac remodelling on survival in dogs with persistent atrial standstill – the UK perspective” sought to determine the survival of dogs in the United Kingdom with persistent atrial standstill (PAS) after pacemaker implantation and the prognostic value of cardiac remodelling. The Congress Programme Committee were impressed by Inigo’s innovative presentation, praising the planning and execution of the multi-centre project.

Ditte’s presentation was entitled “Evaluation of a point-of-care dot Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay to detect antibodies against canine parvovirus, distemper virus and adenovirus before revaccination”. The study described the findings of a prospective non-inferiority study of a point-of-care semi-quantitative titer test performed on canine serum samples and compared to gold standard analysis. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of the point-of-care titer test were determined for the gold standard titer cut-offs for canine adenovirus, canine distemper virus and canine parvovirus. Ditte was commended by the Congress Programme Committee for the quality of presentation as well as the practical and clinically applicable findings of the study.

Speaking about this year’s Clinical Abstracts, Dr Joe Fenn said: “Thank you to all the 2021 abstract presenters and attendees, and many congratulations to the winners! It was a pleasure to hear about your fascinating research and witness such stimulating discussion. The willingness of the community to embrace the challenge and opportunity of online presentation was again much appreciated.”

The online BSAVA Congress Clinical Abstracts took place on 24 – 26 May, with presentations covering topics such as oncology, orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery, presented by the profession from around the world.

The BSAVA Congress Clinical Abstracts, including the winners’ abstracts, are now available to view in the BSAVA Library here: