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Ophthalmology Distance Education

Ophthalmology Distance Education

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

Learn the fundamentals of a thorough ocular exam from the front to the back of the eye. Case-based learning will increase your confidence in handling ophthalmology in general, equine or small animal practice.

The course will present the latest evidence-based information as well as numerous videos and images of ophthalmic conditions and procedures. Test your newfound skills with a two-day practical workshop at Dr Stanley’s practice, where you will also have the opportunity to practice surgical techniques.

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Past Participant:

We see eye cases regularly; the ophthalmology course has greatly improved my confidence in dealing with these. I highly recommend this course
Jos van Hees, Auckland NZ

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • 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.


  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. Vision loss & ocular discharge - part 1
    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?
  5. Vision loss & ocular discharge - part 2
  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.

This distance education course includes an optional 2-day practical workshop in Melbourne VIC. Dates to be confirmed.


2-Day Workshop: Melbourne, TBA
Note: If travel restrictions impact on the workshops running as face-to-face events, arrangements will be made for an online alternative.

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

What is Distance Education?

Premium, intensive online veterinary CPD

All CVE Distance Education (DE) programs are mentored by leading veterinary experts who will provide individual feedback and advice on completion of each monthly module. Each module may include written content, technique videos, self-reflections, quizzes and online submission of monthly assignments.

Maximise the opportunity to expand and consolidate your learning by participating in the tutor moderated group discussion forum and attending the optional 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.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians.

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 AU$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 AU$250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

For the full terms and conditions please see our Terms.

Course fees Member* Super Early Bird Member* Early Bird Member* Full Rate Non-member Rate
Ophthalmology Distance Education
$7090 $7290 $7480 $7880

*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time Professional, Recent Graduate, and Academic members.

Loyalty DE Discount: Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses. Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms. To redeem your discount contact the CVE via email [email protected] or phone +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm).

Distance Education
Tuesday, 01 February 2022 to
Wednesday, 30 November 2022
334 CPD Point/s

Super Early Bird
30 Jun 2021
Early Bird
31 Oct 2021

Delivered Online

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Dr Robin G. Stanley
Robin Stanley
BVSc (Hons) FACVSc (Ophthalmology)
Dr Robin G. Stanley
Robin Stanley
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 Veter...


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