Practical Ophthalmology for Equine Practitioners – 2 Days of Lectures & Practical Sessions

Fri, 11 October, 2024 - Sat, 12 October, 2024



Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 01 September, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 13 September, 2024


Englisch (mit deutscher Moderation)


Printed Set of Course Notes (pick up at venue) - USD 88.89


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BEVA survey constituted up to 10% of clinical cases seen in practice. In addition, the eye is regularly examined as part of 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 learn about the most important and common problems in the equine eye, 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 :

  • Equine ophthalmic examination: Basic examination & sample collection
  • Diagnostic ultrasonography and infrared imaging
  • 3Corneal ulcers and wound healing
  • Ocular and adnexal neoplasia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of equine uveitis: managing expectations
  • Equine glaucoma & cataracts

In the afternoons, 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 ProceduresNerve 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, coffee/tea breaks, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance.  On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the wine & cheese reception. 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.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.5;  C-E.15;  C-E.16

Dennis E. Brooks passed the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1984. Dr Brooks received a PhD in 1987 from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. Dr Brooks has been a scientist and clinician in academia and is a Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology. He was the President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 1997-1998.

Dr Brooks has written over 170 academic scientific publications, 76 book chapters, received $2.3 million in research grants, and has given over 300 lectures both nationally and internationally in comparative ophthalmology. His book, Equine Ophthalmology, was published in 2002 and again in 2008. A book Small Animal Ophthalmology was published in 2011.

He received the British Equine Veterinary Association’s Sir Frederick Smith Memorial Lecture and Medal Recipient in 2007, and received the Frank J. Milne State of the Art Award of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 2010. Dr Brooks has extensive experience in amnion grafting, corneal transplantation and cataract surgeries of the horse.

Dr. de Linde Henriksen is originally from Denmark where she received her DVM degree in 2005 from University of Copenhagen. Her comparative ophthalmology residency was performed at University of Florida and her PhD in equine ophthalmology is from University of Copenhagen/University of Florida.

Dr. Henriksen has worked as an assistant professor in comparative ophthalmology at CSU since July 2017. She came to CSU from University of Minnesota where she worked as a clinical assistant professor in comparative ophthalmology for four years (2013-2017).

Dr. Henriksen loves mountain hiking with her French bulldog ‘Frieda’ in her spare time.

After studying veterinary medicine and an internship at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Dr. Silvia Stadler spent 8 years at Tillysburg Equine Clinic. In 2011, she received her doctorate in Vienna and in 2012 she qualified as an equine veterinarian. From 2013 to 2017 she trained as an international ophthalmologist for animals under Prof. Bernhard Spiess at the Vetsuisse Zurich, Switzerland. In 2019 she graduated with the title DACVO (Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology). After 5 years of independent consulting work as a veterinary ophthalmologist in Switzerland, she returned to her home country of Austria. In 2022, she became a partner at Tillysburg Equine Clinic and, as an international eye specialist with a focus on horses, is setting up an eye clinic for horses and small animals (dogs, cats, exotic animals, birds).

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Pferdeklinik Pasterk Ebreichsdorf, Pferdepromenade 4 / Stall 6, 2483 Ebreichsdorf


Pferdeklinik Pasterk Ebreichsdorf
Pferdepromenade 4 / Stall 6
2483 Ebreichsdorf



The clinic is in the middle of the ‘Reitsportzentrums Magna Racino’ South of Vienna in Ebreichsdorf.



Vienna International Airport - approx. 32 km



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Lindngasse 7
2521  Trumau

Distance from Clinic 4.7km Rooms from €41
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Teichgasse 2
2514 Möllersdorf
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Hauptstraße 41
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Qualified Vet

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1138.25

USD 1029.85

Lectures Only

USD 585.39

USD 531.19

2nd vet, same clinic

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1078.63

USD 975.65

Lectures Only

USD 558.29

USD 504.08

Vet & Vet. Nurse / Vet. Technician

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1897.09

USD 1723.64

Lectures Only

USD 1550.19

USD 1403.85

Intern/Resident (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 292.69

USD 292.69

Veterinary Student (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 119.25

USD 108.41

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