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The 12th Biannual William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology

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June 6-24, 2015

About the course


Mission Statement of the ACVO William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology:

“To provide residents, Diplomates, and vision scientists with a high quality, intensive instruction in the basic sciences as a foundation for the study and practice of veterinary and comparative ophthalmology.”

The course will include instruction in core basic sciences of anatomy, embryology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and pathology.  In addition, the course will cover certain clinical and research topics less frequently encountered in a residency program including neuro-ophthalmology, retinoscopy, advanced imaging, fluorescein angiography, physics of lasers and phacoemulsification, and laboratory animal ophthalmology.  The instruction and content of the course will be directed to the principle audience of ACVO and ECVO residents.

The ACVO Basic Science Course is not a degree, certificate, or diploma granting agency.  Likewise, it is not a stand-alone credential that should suggest to the public that an attendee is more highly trained in veterinary ophthalmology than someone who has not attended the course. The course is not intended to introduce or train veterinarians in clinical skills of veterinary ophthalmology, and is in no way equivalent to residency training, rather it is supplemental to it.

1.  Further the understanding of basic scientific principles, pathophysiology of diseases, and principles and applications of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in veterinary and comparative ophthalmology

2.   Enhance patient care in the practice of veterinary ophthalmology

3.  Improve the ability to obtain funding, perform research and advance the science of comparative ophthalmology

4.  Build relationships and promote collegiality among comparative ophthalmologists and other vision scientists

5.  Encourage life-long learning in comparative ophthalmology

Enrollment in this course is open to individuals in approved ACVO and ECVO residency programs as well as graduate students in veterinary ophthalmology in the US, International university faculty who are teaching veterinary ophthalmology, international trainees in veterinary ophthalmology, individuals with an interest in veterinary ophthalmology

Questions regarding the course may be directed to Danielle King at For information on course content, contact Dr. Michael Davidson,


Tuition for the course is $TBD for individuals currently in ACVO-approved resident programs, $TBD for individuals currently in ECVO-approved programs, and $TBD for all other participants. Application deadline is February 22, 2016. Course registration will be limited to 80 individuals, with priority given to ACVO and ECVO residents registered by February 22.

Registration fee will include all lectures and labs for ACVO, ECVO residents, and non-residents.

Cancellations and requests for refunds made prior to May 31, 2015, will be accepted with a $100 processing fee. Cancellations after May 31 will be processed with a $250 processing fee.

Online Registration Coming Soon


Location & Lodging

This course will be held at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at 1060 William Moore Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. A block of rooms is being held at the Wolf Village apartments on the NC State main campus in Raleigh. All apartments contain 4 individual bedrooms each with a double bed, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen with microwave, stove & refrigerator. Each individual is responsible for reserving and paying for their own room. Rooms will be assigned by gender. Transportation will be provided to and from the apartments before and at the conclusion of each days session.

The package rate will be $42.50 per person, per night. The rate includes the following:

Reserve Housing here:

You may, of course, choose to make your own arrangements if you wish. Bus service to the CVM will only be available from the Wolf Village apartments.

ADA Statement

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate, please contact Dane Johnston to discuss your needs at least 30 days prior to the event.

Course Schedule


Course begins at 8:00AM each day

Topic Speaker
Monday, June 6
7:30am - 8:00am - Check-in / Receive Course Materials

Monday, June 6

6 hours

Ocular anatomy, normal histology

and laboratory

Bruce Grahn

3 hours


Lola Hudson

Tuesday, June 7

8 hours


Philippe LaBelle

Carol Naranjo

Chris Reilly

Dick Dubielzig

Wednesday, June 8

8 hours

Pathology (cont.)                   

Philippe LaBelle

Carol Naranjo

Chris Reilly

Dick Dubielzig

Thursday, June 9

4 hours


Mike Davidson

4 hours


Sara Thomasy

Friday, June 10

3 hours Embryology    Sara Thomasy
5 hours

Microbiology-Protozoa/Rickettsia, Brucella, Bartonella sp., Borrelliosis, Other bacteria/fungi

Diane Hendrix

Monday, June 13

4 hours Physiology – Optics Ron Ofri
4 hours Physiology-Retina

Andras Kamoromy

Tuesday, June 14

4 hours Electrodiagnostics Ron Ofri
2 hours Retinoscopy   

Mike Davidson

2 hours Diagnostic Cytology

Karen Young

Wednesday, June 15

8 hours Retinoscopy/Cytology Laboratories       

Karen Young

Jennifer Neel

Mike Davidson

Ron Ofri

Thursday, June 16

4 hours Microbiology-Viruses /antiviral therapy David Maggs
4 hours Physiology of the Adnexa/Tear Film              

Elizabeth Guiliano

Friday, June 17

8 hours Biomicroscopy,Gonioscopy,Ophthalmoscopy,

Tonometry, Retinal Imaging

Gill McLellan

Christine Heinrich

Monday, June 20

4 hours Pathogenesis of Glaucoma in Animals And Aqueous Humor Dynamics

Paul Miller

4 hours Pharmacology (excluding antivirals) Alison Clode

Tuesday, June 21

4 hours Pharmacology (cont.)

Alison Clode

4 hours

Pathogenic Mechanisms of Uveitis:

Immunomodulation / Immunotherapy /Ocular Drug Delivery

Brian Gilger

Wednesday, June 22

5 hours Immunology and ACAID Christine Watté
3 hours Examination of the Lab Animal and common Ocular Lesions Dave Wilkie

Thursday, June 23

5 hours Principles of Microsurgery Incl. phacodynamics Dave Wilkie
4 hours Physiology Lens/cataractogenesis And Antiviral Therapy Heather Chandler

Friday, June 24

4 hours Genetics and Patterns of Inheritance Simon Peterson Jones
2 hours

Ocular ultrasound, UBM, corneal diagnostics, Confocal Microscopy, Specular Microscopy, Pachymetry/Esthesiometry

Ellison Bentley


2 hours Imaging techniques (U/S, MR, CT of the orbit) Gabi Seiler


Ellison Bentley, DVM, DACVO
Clinical Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Heather Chandler, DVM, PhD, FAAO

Assistant Professor, Optometry

The Ohio State University, College of Optometry

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Alison Clode, DVM, DACVO
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Michael Davidson, DVM, DACVO
Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services; Professor of Ophthalmology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Dick Dubielzig, DVM

Professor of Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine Director, Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin

School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Brian Gilger, DVM, MS, DACVO, DABT
Professor, Ophthalmology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Elizabeth Giuliano, DVM, MS, DACVO
Associate Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology
University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine
Columbia, Missouri, USA


Professor, Veterinary Ophthalmology, and Associate Dean (Academic)

University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Christine Heinrich, MRCVS, DVOphthal, DECVO
Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service
Solihull, West Midlands, UK

Diane Hendrix, DVM, DACVO
Professor, Ophthalmology
University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Lola Hudson, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Anatomy
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Andras Komaromy, DrMedVet, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philippe Labelle, DVM, DACVP

Antech Diagnostics, Anatomic Pathology Consultant

Lake Success, NY, USA

David Maggs, BVSc, DACVO
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
Davis, California, USA

Gillian McLellan, BVMS, CertVOphthal, PhD, DVOphthal, DECVO, DACVO
Clinical Instructor, Ophthalmology
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Paul Miller, DVM, DACVO

Clinical Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology

University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Carolina Naranjo Freixa DVM, DECVP
School of Veterinary Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Jennifer A. Neel, DVM, DACVP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology

NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Ron Ofri, DVM, PhD, DECVO

Associate Professor, Veterinary Ophthalmology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine
Jerusalem, Israel

Simon Petersen-Jones, DVM, PhD, DVOphthal, MRCVS, DECVO

Professor, Ophthalmology

Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

East Lansing, MI, USA

Chris Reilly, DVM, DACVP

HS Clinical Professor,

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine • Davis, CA, USA

Gabriela Seiler, DrMedVet, DECVDI, DACVR
Associate Professor, Radiology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Sara Thomasy, BS, DVM, PhD

Associate Researcher
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, USA

Christine Watté, DVM, DECVO

Clinical Instructor, University of Bern, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinic

Bern, Switzerland

David Wilkie, DVM, MS, DACVO
Professor, Ophthalmology
The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Karen Young, VMD, PhD
Clinical Professor, Clinical Pathology
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA