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Practical Ophthalmology for Equine Practitioners – A 2-Day Practical Course

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Stall 6 2483 Ebreichsdorf
16 hours over 2 days
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veterinarians from equine and mixed practices
Pferdeklinik Pasterk Ebreichsdorf, near Vienna , Pferdepromenade 4, Stall 6 2483 Ebreichsdorf, 2483, Austria

Speakers/Instructors: Andy Matthews - BVM&S, PhD, Dipl.ECEIM, Hon Member ACVO, FRCVS, Scotland; Brian Gilger - DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVO, USA; Zita Makra - DVM, PhD, Hungary

Eye related problems and diseases are common in any type of horse and pony and in one BEVA survey constituted up to 10% of clinical cases seen in practice. In addition, the eye is regularly examined as part of an insurance or pre-purchase examinations with the clinician commonly having to make decisions as to the significance of ophthalmic findings. Finally, examination of the eye is an important part of the complete physical and neurological examinations, with the ophthalmic findings often giving a clue as to the underlying disease or problem.  The importance of ophthalmology to the clinician undertaking equine work is therefore undeniable and yet most veterinarians received only limited training in this area whilst in vet school or as a young assistant. This practically-oriented course is intended to help equine clinicians to learn about the most important and common problems in the equine eye and to gain confidence in how to deal with these conditions and how to interpret their findings. Extra time will be available after lectures for discussion and attendees are encouraged to interact with the speakers in open and frank conversations.

In the mornings the following topics will be covered in highly-illustrated lectures and case presentations (in English, with German moderation):

  • How to examine the equine eye
  • Advanced examinations of the eye (Ultrasonography, cytology etc.) 
  • Orbit, eyelids and adnexa
  • Corneal Ulceration
  • Non-ulcerative corneal disease       
  • Ocular therapeutics
  • Uveitis          
  • Glaucoma  
  • The lens, fundus and vitreous
  • Ocular neoplasia

In the afternoon, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and equine specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 attendees), all under the supervision of specialists. Attendees will rotate through the following practical sessions: 

  • Ophthalmic Procedures – nerve blocks, lavage system placement, aqueocentesis, intravitreal injections etc.
  • Basic Surgical Techniques – enucleation, eyelid laceration repair, temporary tarsoraphy, corneal laceration, conjunctival grafts etc.
  • Ocular Ultrasound - live horses
  • Examination of Horses with Eye Problems
  • Pre-Purchase Examination Case Discussions

The combined talents and extensive experience of the team of internationally renowned equine ophthalmologists involved with this course, along with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, will stimulate attendees to assimilate knowledge, to put it into practice in small groups and to discuss these very important clinical problems in the horse and pony. 

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

Register before Friday, 19 August 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount!

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