Ophthalmology: Theory & Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Ophthalmology: Theory & Practice

Improve your understanding and capabilities.

This program is designed to improve your understanding and capabilities in ophthalmology while also having fun. David Maggs and Mark Bilson will place special emphasis on performing a high-yield ophthalmic exam with the instruments already in your clinic, choosing the best diagnostic tests, perfecting ophthalmic surgical techniques, and discussing which drugs to use when.

Both speakers work with referring vets on a daily basis and their philosophy is to emphasise a group of concepts that they call ‘TIWIKIPS’ (or ‘Things I wish I’d known In Practice’) with the ultimate goal that you leave the course saying, ‘I am going back to try this in my practice next week’.

Here's what previous attendees have said:

'The specialists were fantastic. Very entertaining and engaging. I gained most out of the workshop. It was extremely helpful to receive feedback from experts on surgical techniques. I would highly recommend anyone wanting to top up their eye skills to attend'

Adriarne. East port veterinary hospital

'Excellent program and speakers, I gained so much from the two days and have already passed on some great information to my workmates.  It was time well spent, thank you.'

Helen Vanderbom, Aspendale Gardens Vet Hospital 


Friday 5 May 2017
Saturday 6 May 2017
VSCC Regimental Drive
Camperdown Campus NSW
8.30 - 5.00
Early Bird
24 March 2017
New Law School Building
F10 Eastern Avenue
Camperdown Campus NSW


BVSc PhD DVOphthal DipVetClinStud MRCVS

Mark Billson graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990. He developed an interest in eyes early in his career that led to research into a bacterial eye disease in cattle and in 1996 Mark was awarded his PhD. Mark moved to the University of Glasgow to undertake clinical training in Veterinary Ophthalmology and obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1999. After taking up a post as Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow, he returned to Australia in 2003 where he works in private referral practice at SASH. Mark is a recognised specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. He is interested in all aspects of ophthalmology including management of glaucoma and surgical removal of cataracts and has a keen interest in ocular pathology.

BVSc (Hons) Dipl. ACVO

David Maggs graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1988, and spent 5 years in mixed practice in Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri. He joined the faculty at the University of California-Davis in 2000. He is an author of Slatter’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (now in its 5th edition), an editorial board member for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, a founding board member of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology, and the 2012 WVC Small Animal Continuing Educator of the year. David’s major interests are infectious ocular disease and ocular surface disease.

Course Fees

*Member includes: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off the seminar registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.events@sydney.edu.au to register.


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