Malta, September 14-16th, 2017, ECVIM Annual Congress.

Malta, September 14-16th, 2017, ECVIM Annual Congress. This year’s ESVONC day at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s Annual Congress was a great success for our society.

A celebration of the collaboration and friendship that exists between colleagues from the college’s diverse sub-committees, each year, the ESVONC executive committee representing you, our members, proposes a program of oral and poster presentations to be enjoyed by delegates from all disciplines. These showcase the diversity of current research and state of the art knowledge within our specialty and this was a day we should all be proud of.

After a morning of oral abstract presentations with presenters from throughout Europe, the USA and Australia, the afternoon plenary sessions focused on canine mast cell tumours, immunohistochemistry and tumour biomarkers.

Two internationally recognised American speakers, Dr. Laura Garrett (medical oncology) and Dr. Debra Kamstock (anatomical pathology) were invited by our executive committee to share their clinical expertise with a large audience including oncology, medicine, pathology and clinical pathology residents and specialists. Their engaging and thought provoking presentations gave audience members a superb afternoon of stimulating, intellectual endeavour.

The poster session the evening before was well attended with 7 posters within the ESVONC stream, presenting new knowledge in both clinical and basic science focused oncology research. The posters were professionally presented and I felt provided inspiration for more in depth future research. 

Thank you to all individuals who submitted either a poster or oral abstract.

Each year, ESVONC awards prizes for the best oral and poster presentations, judged by members from both private practice and academic environments.

Congratulations to Dr. Thiemeyer (poster) and Dr. Børresen (oral) respectively for their presentations entitled: ‘Ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration of the canine prostate - a useful sampling method for molecular biological analysis?’ And ‘The occurrence of feline neoplasia; a comparison between Danish and North American cats.’ Please visit our website to learn more about the criteria by which individuals may be eligible for these awards as guidelines are well explained and you may like to enter in the future!

I would like to personally thank Dr. Joanna Morris, Dr. Maurice Zandvliet, Dr. David Sayag and Dr. Irene Flickinger for helping to judge the oral and poster presentations.

Throughout the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, we shall be preparing for the upcoming congress in Gran Canaria in May. I sincerely hope you will consider attending and also consider presenting your work in either poster or oral format. We hope to run a short series of tutorials on how to write a good scientific abstract and how to give a good scientific presentation in the coming weeks.


Our society and its members are pivotal in the veterinary internal medicine community worldwide and I am proud to represent and be part of it.


Iain Grant

Vice President