Third International Symposium on
Mastitis and Milk Quality

September 22-24, 2011
St. Louis, Missouri USA

sponsored by the
American Association of Bovine Practitioners
and the
National Mastitis Council

The Third International Symposium on Mastitis and Milk Quality will be held September 22-24, 2011 in conjunction with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) 44th Annual Conference. The NMC and AABP have jointly sponsored each of the previous international symposia, the first being held in Indianapolis, Indiana (September 1990) and the second in Vancouver, BC, Canada (September 2001).

The symposium will feature short presentations on current research that has direct application to mastitis control, milking management, milk quality, and milk safety. The objective is to disseminate technical and applied information to veterinarians, researchers, and other dairy professionals interested in improving udder health and milk quality.
Persons interested in presenting a paper or poster at the symposium are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the review committee. The abstract must include title of the paper, author(s), affiliation/location(s), and a brief description of purpose, methods and results.

Abstracts which provide results and conclusion of completed work will receive more favorable consideration than those which report work in progress that is to be completed in the near future but prior to the symposium. In those situations with work in progress at the time of abstract submission, the authors should provide as much information as possible and any credible assurances about expectations of final results and conclusions.

Topic Areas
Abstracts should focus on the following areas:

  • Resistance mechanisms, immunity and vaccination
  • Diagnostic methods and monitoring
  • Epidemiology and economics
  • Therapy and pharmacokinetics
  • Prevention and management
  • Teat health and milking systems
  • Small ruminants
Abstract Submission and Deadlines
All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the NMC online submission website. Abstracts of no more than 250 words (including the authors, affiliations and locations) should be submitted following the instructions provided below. Hard copy abstract submissions and emailed abstracts will not be considered.

The submitting author must indicate if the abstract is being submitted for oral presentation/poster or poster only. The review committee will make the decision in which format the presentation will be accepted.

To be considered, all abstracts must be submitted by March 1, 2011.

If the submission is accepted as a poster, the abstract will be the published as it was submitted (no additional manuscript is required).

If the submission is accepted as an oral presentation, a full manuscript must be submitted by May 1, 2011. Instructions will be provided at a later date. The original abstract must be included.

Instructions for Abstract Preparation and Online Submission
Abstracts should be formatted according to guidelines before submitting online. The instructions are below, and may also be accessed via the online paper collection website. A sample abstract is included to help you format your paper.

  • Instructions on how to format abstracts. (The instructions for abstract preparation and a template may also be accessed on the submission website.)
    click to view and download the instructions

  • Click here to access the website for submitting abstracts/papers

  • Remember the abstracts must be 250 words or less (including title, authors, affiliations, and location)

Special Note about AABP Research Summaries
All mastitis and milk quality related papers that normally would have been submitted as research summaries during the AABP annual conference should be submitted for presentation during the international symposium on mastitis and milk quality. Abstracts on mastitis and milk quality will not be considered for oral or poster presentation during the AABP research summaries session.

Commercialism and Use of Logos, Product Names and Trademarks

The intent of the symposium is to provide quality educational content, which is free from commercial influence or bias. Abstracts, papers, and posters are not to be be used as platforms for commercial sales, promotions and/or advertising. Excessive use of brand names, product names, trade names, and/or trademarks is not allowed. Excessive use of brand names, product names or logos, failure to substantiate performance claims, and failure to objectively discuss alternative methods, processes, and equipment are indicators of sales pitches. Restricting commercialism benefits both the authors and recipients of submissions and presentations. A general guideline is to use proprietary names once and thereafter to use generic descriptors or neutral designations.

For additional information contact:

Anne Saeman
National Mastitis Council
421 S. Nine Mound Rd.
Verona, WI 53593 USA
Phone: (608) 848-4615 Fax: (608) 848-4671 Email:

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine.

The National Mastitis Council provides a forum for education and global exchange of information on milk quality, mastitis and relevant research; and communicates that information to the dairy industry enabling it to control mastitis and improve milk quality.

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