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Ophthalmic diseases are common in the horse, but many of these conditions can escalate quickly and threaten a horse’s vision and utility without prompt and appropriate veterinary care. You see what you know, and the Ophthalmology track will increase your knowledge of the horse eye and its afflictions. You’ll learn how to assess and treat prevalent equine eye diseases, including corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers, immune mediated keratitis, equine recurrent uveitis, nonimmune mediated uveitis, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal lesions, and ocular neoplasia. You’ll also be equipped to manage potential complications and determine when to refer a case.

Practical takeaways:

  • Performing a thorough ophthalmic examination with basic instrumentation
  • Identifying, diagnosing and treating common ophthalmic diseases 
  • Understanding the significance of cataracts and retinal lesions as related to vision and pre-purchase examination
  • Performing basic ocular surgery 
  • Handling complications when cases go awry

Two half-day, optional wet labs will provide hands-on training in the procedures and treatments presented during lecture sessions. In small groups, wet lab participants will:

  • Perform a complete ophthalmic exam, including nerve blocks, on live horses;
  • Place a SPL system, flush the nasolacrimal duct, and collect cytology from the cornea on cadaver heads 
  • Perform surgical procedures such as eyelid wedge, conjunctival biopsy, corneal suturing, third eyelid removal, and enucleation on cadaver heads
  • Work up cases under the microscope using cytology and pathology slides from different ophthalmic diseases

You’ll return to practice with an improved recognition of eye diseases, a thorough understanding of when and how to intervene, and the skills to confidently expand your ophthalmology services to clients.

Presenters: Lectures and wet labs will be led by an international team of board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists and recognized experts from academia and private practice: 
Dr. Dennis Brooks
Dr. Michala de Linde Henriksen
Dr. Andrew Matthews
Dr. Catherine Nunnery
Dr. Caryn Plummer
Dr. Kathryn Wotman

CE Hours: Lectures only - 16 hours; Lectures and Labs - 24 hours