Ophthalmology: Theory & Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Ophthalmology: Theory & Practice

Improve your understanding and capabilities!

The program was designed to improve your understanding and capabilities in ophthalmology while also having fun. David Maggs and Mark Billson 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 is that you leave the course saying "I am going back to try this in my practice next week".

Note: Participants of the seminar will be awarded 6 CPD points.

Tutor David Maggs tells you more -

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able:

  • To perform and interpret findings from a complete neuro-ophthalmic examination (cranial nerves; responses and reflexes)
  • To perform and interpret findings from a complete examination of the anterior segment (eyelids, conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, anterior chamber, iris, and lens)
  • To perform and interpret findings from a complete fundic examination (vitreous, choroid, tapetum, retina, and optic nerve)
  • To perform and interpret findings from common ophthalmic diagnostic tests (aqueous flare, Schirmer tear test, fluorescein stain, tearfilm breakup time, nasolacrimal flush, rebound and applanation tonometry)
  • To learn and practice surgical techniques for correction of entropion, ectropion, “cherry eye”, and indolent ulcers; eyelid tumor removal, and enucleation


Friday 7 - Saturday 8 August 2020
9.00 - 5.00
Early Bird
11 June 2020
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Dr
Camperdown NSW


BVSc (Hons) Dipl. ACVO

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, David spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout 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 where he is one of 7 ophthalmologists with 5 ophthalmology residents in training. He is the author of Slatter’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology, now in its 6th edition, and was honored to be recognized as the 2018 World Small Animal Veterinary Association speaker of the year.  David’s major interests are ocular surface disease and feline herpesvirus.

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.

Member TypeSeminar only Seminar + Workshop
Early BirdFull rate Early BirdFull rate
Member*$504$593 $1938$2040
Non-member/e-member-$741 -$2349
Part-time/recent graduate member$315$371 $1727$1818
Student member$157$185 $1551$1633

Member* includes: Professional, Practice staff and Academic members.


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