Texas Takes

TEVA has given away an iPAD to the winner’s of the best “Texas Takes” presentation at the Annual Summer CE Symposium’s. “Texas Takes” are 15-minute practical scientific presentations presented by our TEVA members. Presentations can include:  interesting case series, scientific studies, review articles, “How-to’s”, and evidence-based clinical questions. We are looking for practical information Texas and regional veterinarians can take and use every day. We welcome submissions from interns, residents, academics  and private practitioners. TEVA needs your knowledge and experience to make this year’s Summer Symposium better than ever! Please do not let the format (described below) scare you. It is not as hard as it looks, and if you need help with the format or presentation set up, we have mentors available who are ready and willing to advise you.  The deadline for paper submission will be June 1, 2016. Please read on for instructions on how to become a part of this dynamic new panel series!

If you have questions, please contact “Texas Takes” Chairman, Dr. Jake Hersman. Email: jakehersman@yahoo.com. Phone: (972) 869-2180.



  • Include primary author address, phone, fax and email address.
  • No fewer than 250 words, no word maximum
  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Pictures/Diagrams are encouraged, especially for ‘How to’ presentations.
  • Headings should include
    • Take Home Message
    • Introduction
    • Materials and Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • References
    • Title- Limit to 15 words or fewer


Authors- Presenting author in bold type

Take Home Message- Concise statement of the main conclusion limited to 3 sentences.

Introduction- The paper’s rationale must mention relevant scientific background. Include a clear statement of the objective or purpose.

Materials and Methods- A description of methodology, including data collection and statistical analysis, or population of horses studied when performing case series reports. All dosages and measurements to be in metric units.

Results- Actual results with data and, where appropriate, findings should reference mean, median, proportion and standard deviation, standard error or confidence interval. Also encouraged are number needed to treat, odds ratios and significant differences. Graphs, charts and figures should be used unless further publication is being sought.

Discussion- Important findings from the results section should be stated and compared and contrasted to previous findings in other studies.  A summarizing final statement expanding on the “take home message” should be included.

References- Limit to relevant works.

When you cite a reference in your text you should use one of the following three formats:

(1) Mention the author by last name in the sentence and then give the year of the publication in parenthesis:

According to Rodgers (1983), the Appalachian mountains were formed in three events.

(2) Give the facts or ideas mentioned by the author and then attribute these facts or ideas by putting both his or her last name and the date in parenthesis:

The first of the three events occurred in the Ordovician, the second in the Devonian, and the third in the Carboniferous and Permian Periods (Rodgers, 1983).

(3) Quote the author exactly–be sure to put the quoted phrase between quotation marks–and then list the author’s name, the date, and the page number in parenthesis:

“All the climaxes produced mountainous islands or highlands that shed vast amounts of debris westward to form clastic wedges or delta complexes on the continental margin.” (Rodgers, 1983, p. 229).

If the reference you are citing has two authors, use the following format:

Periods of glaciation have a large effect on sea level (Ingmanson and Wallace, 1985).

If the reference you are citing has more than two authors, use the following format:

Hot spots are formed by the drift of plates over mantle plumes (Vink et al.,1985).

If your source of information is from a personal verbal communication, you would use the following format for the first citation from that person:

It is possible to correct the raw δD values measured on the mass spectrometer (Mark Conrad, Lawrence-Berkeley National Lab, personal communication).


For Books

List all authors by last name and initials, separated by commas if there are more than two authors. Put an “and” before the last author in the list. Then put the year of publication, the title of the book (in italics if possible), the publisher, the city, and the number of pages in the book.

One author:

Gould, S. J., 1983, Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes, W. W. Norton, New York City, 413 p.

Two or more authors:

Ingmanson, D. E. and Wallace, W. J., 1985, Oceanography: An Introduction,Wadsworth, Belmont, CA, 530 p.

For Articles or Chapters with separate authors from a Book or Compilation

List the author(s) of the article using the same format given above for books, then give the year, the title of the article or chapter (no quotes, italics or underlines), then the name(s) of the editor(s) of the book or compilation, followed by “ed.” or “eds.”. Then put the title of the book (in italics if possible), the publisher, the city, and the page numbers where the article can be found:

Rodgers, J., 1983, The life history of a mountain range– Appalachians, in Hsu, K. J., ed., Mountain Building Processes, Academic Press, Orlando, p. 229-243.

For an Article from a Journal or Magazine

List the author(s) of the article using the same format given above for books, then give the year, the title of the article or chapter (no quotes, italics or underlines), then the title of the journal or magazine (in italics if possible), the volume number of the journal (do not use the publication date), and page numbers where the article can be found:

One author:

Maddox, J., 1987, The great ozone controversy, Nature, v. 329, p. 101.

Two or more authors:

Vink, G. E., Morgan, W. J., and Vogt, P. R., 1985, The Earth’s hot spots,Scientific American, v. 252, p. 50- 57.

For Internet sources

Give the author’s last name and initials (if known) and the date of publication (or last modification). Next, list the full title of the work (e.g. the specific web page), and then the title of the complete work or site (if applicable) in italics (if possible). Include any version or file numbers, enclosed in parentheses. Most important, provide the full URL to the resource, including the protocol, host address, and the complete path or directories necessary to access the document. Be sure to spell this out exactly! (best to use an electronic “copy” from the “location” box of your browser and “paste” into your word processor). Finally specify the date that you last accessed the site, enclosed in parentheses.

Focazio, M.J., Welch, A.H., Watkins, S.A., Helsel, D.R., and Horn, M.A., 1999, A retrospective analysis on the occurrence of arsenic in ground-water resources of the United States and limitations in drinking-water-supply characterizations,U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 99-4279,http://co.water.usgs.gov/trace/pubs/wrir-99-4279/ (August 1, 2000)

See you in August!