Ophthalmology | Centre for Veterinary Education

Ophthalmology

Develop your ability and confidence to investigate, diagnose and manage your ocular cases, every single time.

Ophthalmology is one of those subjects you can’t learn at University or from a book – you really need to see cases to work out what is happening in eyes.

This course is focused on working through presenting signs and aims to help vets in general, equine or small animal practice manage their eye cases with greater competence and confidence. The course will present the latest evidence-based information as well as numerous videos and images of ophthalmic conditions and procedures, which you will be encouraged to practice at a two-day practical workshop at Dr Stanley’s practice.


Past Participant:

"I already had a strong interest in Ophthalmology before starting the course but found it very useful in updating current knowledge and improving my confidence. The approach was systematic and logical. Well worth doing!"

Jos van Hees, Auckland NZ

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Improve your diagnostic skills via case-based learning

  • Gain a greater understanding of the medications used to treat eye problems

  • Gain greater confidence in handling ophthalmology cases

  • Learn optimal medical and surgical management methods for a variety of presenting problems

Modules

1.  Method of Eye Examination, Breed Predisposition

In this module we cover the basics e.g., anatomy and physiology, BUT in a way that you can apply in clinical practice. This background knowledge will assist you to understand why the eye reacts in the way it does. We also cover breed predisposition, which should be the first consideration of any eye case that you are seeing. This module will also cover the eye exam in detail, and what equipment you should have and when to use it.

2.  Applied Ocular Pharmacology, Ocular Emergencies, Differential Diagnoses

In this module we start by covering ocular pharmacology, what drugs you should be using and when you should be using them. We also cover ocular emergencies – how to manage globe prolapse, corneal foreign bodies etc. We end this module with Differential Diagnoses.

3.  Ocular surgery

Detailed notes, photos and, in most cases, videos of the common ocular surgeries are presented. These techniques are covered again in the workshop.

4 & 5. Vision Loss & Ocular Discharge

What are the common causes of vision loss in young dogs, older dogs? What is the most common cause of vision loss in older cats? Module 5 also covers ocular discharge. How do you manage punctual atresia in dogs?

6.  The Red Eye: Part I – Conjunctivitis

You will be much better at managing conjunctivitis cases in dogs, with its many causes, after completing this module.

7.  The Red Eye: Part II – Uveitis

Inflammation of the eye is a serious condition. It needs to be recognised promptly and treated aggressively. Uveitis can have a number of sequelae–you will learn how to recognise these to minimise their occurrence.

8.  The Cornea

By the end of this comprehensive module you will be much more comfortable managing corneal ulcers, keratitis and other less common corneal diseases.

9.  The Eyelids

Topics in this module include entropion, ectropion, extra eyelashes, ectopic cilia and blepharitis.

10. Blue Eye –  includes glaucoma, lens luxation and lipid aqueous

Glaucoma is the primary topic in this module. You will learn why it is important to treat the remaining eye whenever you diagnose glaucoma in a purebred dog. Lens luxation and cataracts are also covered.

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of detailed written notes, images, videos and journal articles

  • Self-assessed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutor

  • A monthly assignment based on case studies. Individual feedback and explanations will be provided by your tutor

  • A 2 day practical workshop to apply the knowledge you have gained. You will get hands-on experience with eye examinations and surgeries and work through case studies and problem areas as a group

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

Distance Education

Thursday 1 February - Friday 30 November 2018
Workshop/s
2-Day Workshop
Date TBC
Delivered Online
YES
334
Super Early Bird
30 June 2017
Early Bird
31 October 2017

Speaker/s

BVSc (Hons) FACVSc (Ophthalmology)

Robin Stanley graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1984. He undertook an ophthalmology residency from 1987 to 1989, obtaining Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (ACVSc) in small animal surgery, and in 1990 obtained his Fellowship of the ACVSc in ophthalmology. Robin is registered as a veterinary eye specialist and is a Board of Examiner's member for the ACVSc. He with two other veterinarians in a dedicated ophthalmology-only practice in Melbourne. His clinical interests are in ophthalmic surgery, particularly small incisional cataract, hypertensive retinopathy and glaucoma. He is visiting senior lecturer to the Veterinary School, University of Melbourne and holds ophthalmology clinics here. Robin has authored and co-authored 18 peer reviewed publications, co-authored Common Eye Diseases – A Problem Oriented Text for Veterinarians and contributed to textbooks such as Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology, Small Animal Ophthalmology, a Problem Oriented Approach and Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology. Robin was winner of the prestigious Tom Hungerford Award in 2010 and is the author and tutor of the long running and popular CVE DE course in Ophthalmology.


Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Member*$6318$6603$6793
Non-member / eMember$6650$6960$7150
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.disted@sydney.edu.au to redeem this discount.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.