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For Equine Vets Everywhere

The 13th International Equine Colic Research Symposium

15-17 July 2020, Edinburgh

A unique opportunity for international equine clinicians and gastroenterology experts to share the latest research and scientific advances on the treatment and prevention of colic and related diseases.


About the Symposium

Two and a half days of presentation and discussion, hosted by BEVA, in the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh. 

The Equine Colic Symposium has become an important triennial meeting for equine vets and researchers over the past 30 years.

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Submit an abstract

Clinicians and scientists are invited to submit abstracts of recent work that they wish to present at this meeting. 

The scientific committee will consider abstracts on all aspects of equine gastroenterology, including basic science research and reports of clinical cases or novel approaches to treatment.

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What to expect on the day

The Equine Colic Symposium has become an important triennial meeting for equine vets and researchers over the past 30 years. The 2020 meeting in Edinburgh, which runs over 2.5 days, will follow a similar format to previous symposia, with 12-minute oral presentations followed by 3 minutes for questions and discussion. Poster sessions on the 15th and 16th will expand beyond the oral presentations by giving attendees the opportunity to review and discuss work with poster presenters.

Topics areas will include but are not limited to:

  • Surgical techniques
  • Treatment
  • Parasitology
  • Gastric ulceration
  • Endotoxemia
  • Pharmacology of intestinal motility
  • Complications: Post-operative ileus, laminitis, adhesions etc.
  • Epidemiology
  • Physiology of digestion
  • Intestinal microbiome
  • Metabolomics 

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st February, 2020


The abstract should be submitted as a Word document, approximately 250 words in length, single spacing, in 12pt, Times New Roman font. All abstracts should be written in English. All authors should be listed together with their addresses in full. The presenter’s name should be underlined. Figures and tables should be included only where absolutely necessary. 

References to published work should be limited to what is relevant and necessary and restricted to 6 or fewer. Papers with more than 3 authors are cited as et al. The format in the reference list is: author(s) name(s), initials, full title of article, journal title as abbreviated in the World List of Scientific Periodicals, year, volume number and page numbers. Authors must indicate if the presentation is for oral presentation only, poster presentation only or suitable for either oral or poster presentation.

Authors considering submission of research papers to refereed journals based on the same information in a submitted abstract should be aware of the allowable length of abstracts by each journal to prevent a conflict with abstract and manuscript publication.

Authors must include the following information:

  • Name
  • Institution or Practice
  • Address
  • Telephone No
  • Fax No
  • Email Address

An example abstract can be viewed here

Abstracts must be saved as a ‘Microsoft Word Document (.doc or docx)’ in a PC-compatible format and should be submitted by email to Jocelyn Thompson 

Abstracts will be reviewed by the organising committee and authors notified by email of acceptance as either oral or poster presentation within 8 weeks.