Attend the 50th anniversary conference of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

We cordially invite you to join ~1,000 of your veterinary ophthalmology colleagues for the ACVO’s 50th anniversary of the conference, in Maui, Hawaii! This cutting edge, scientific conference brings together approximately 1,000 veterinarians and technicians who represent the best in veterinary ophthalmology around the world, providing 17-22 hours of CE. The ACVO conference draws attendees and vendors from over 25 countries, and is held in the United States annually.

All attendee registration will open May 1st, AVOT will again register with ACVO’s system. Discounted fees are available for verifiable residents, interns and students. All conference attendees will receive complimentary access to online presentation recordings for the year they attend.

The schedule in Maui will be the traditional three-day schedule. Tentative schedule:

  • Wednesday, Teach & Learn Meeting 4-5:30pm (included with registration fee)

  • Wednesday, Welcome Reception 6-8pm with vendors

  • Thursday, 50th Anniversary presentation, “Pioneering a Vision - Honoring ACVO’s Founders & History”

  • Thursday and Friday, In-Depth speakers on Advanced Corneal Transplantation Procedures and Marine Mammal Medicine.

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday, general sessions featuring over 150 abstract presentations and posters

  • Thursday, ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation auction and reception

  • Thursday, Career Fair & Residency Showcase

  • Friday, Residents’ Workshop, Vitreous Society Course & ACVO Business Meeting

  • Friday, Beach-side dinner

  • Saturday, Keynote Presentation, Dr. Chris Murphy, “Making Mistakes: The Importance of Forgiveness”

  • Saturday, General Practitioners’ Course for Applied Practical Ophthalmology

  • Sunday, optional Anesthesia Course (4 hours, 8am - Noon; additional fee)

Do not miss our 50th Anniversary celebrations this year! Included are a fun beach-side dinner, but most importantly our founders will be honored with a special ceremony, presentation and professionally produced documentary named, “Pioneering a Vision - Honoring ACVO’s Founders & History”

The Planning Committee understands that Maui is a long trip for some, and promise to make it worth your while. This year the conference has secured the entire Ritz Carlton Kapalua, which is unparalleled for service and it amazing views. This location is 10 minutes north of Kaanapali Beach and 15-20 minutes north of Lahaina ($10 or $20 Uber respectively). Both are accessible through an easily accessible local shuttle services and easy bus route. The hotel offers a rotating shuttle to seven dining options very nearby, to accommodate the needs of those who choose not to reserve a car. This location and schedule will definitely be worth the trip! Plan to stay pre or post with an amazing rate.

Purchase on-line access to searchable, video recordings of sessions!
Conference presentation recordings (2011-current year) are available for purchase. This proprietary system allows the user to search topics, key words or speakers across all years’ presentations. All ACVO attendees will gain free access included in their registration. Access can also be purchased by non-attendees for these and the General Practitioner courses for a fee. ACVO Members will receive access as a member benefit at three months plus one day.

(View a sample on-line presentation. Order session access.)

We hope you will be able to join us this year or you can consider attending at a future date.

Stacee Daniel
ACVO Executive Director


Key Dates

March 1st

  • Call for papers opens
    (March 1st - April 30th)

April 1st

  • Exhibitor registration opens to 2018 preferred vendors (tiered system)

  • Hotel registration opens (early this year)

April 16th

  • Exhibitor registration opens to all new vendors

April 30th

  • Call for papers closes

May 1st

  • Conference registration opens

  • Resident Manuscript submissions open


  • Notify abstract submissions of acceptance/denial

  • Abstract schedules and topics available


  • All sponsor payments due (1st)

  • Resident Manuscript submissions close (15th)


  • All registration closes

  • Hotel block closes September 30th

  • Membership agenda materials due


  • Membership agenda materials due by mid-October

November 6th-9th

  • Conference Dates