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Applied Ophthalmology for General Practitioners

The ACVO offers a course customized to the needs of general practitioners each year in conjunction with its annual conference. We invite regional general practice veterinarians who wish to gain applicable knowledge in up-to-date veterinary ophthalmology practice to attend the eight and a half hour CE session. Registrants do not have to be registered for the general conference to attend.

Registration includes your 8-hour CE certificate, separate course proceedings, continental breakfast, lunch and access to vendor hall. You will also be provided online access to this courses' sessions post-meeting for up to three months, share these courses with practitioners in your office for no additional fee! This is unlimited access to an interactive, searchable video with speaker presentations synced with PowerPoint slides. Pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee space but walk-ups are welcome. Separate registration fee required.

This course is presented to provide ophthalmic education to non-boarded veterinarians that are interested in improving their ophthalmic knowledge for practice; when and how to treat, and when referrals are recommended. Recorded access to prior years’ presentations are available, review topics below.



2019 General Practitioners Speakers

Saturday, November 9th

Below is the proposed order for presentations for the Saturday course, exact times and breaks will be finalized in May. Each presentation is scheduled for 55-60 minutes:

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Dr. Kathy Good   

CORNEAL EMERGENCIES: “can i save this eye?”

This presentation will review how to recognize and successfully manage some of the more common corneal emergencies in our veterinary patients. Diagnosis and treatment of infected ulcers, corneal rupture, and corneal lacerations will be emphasized.

About Dr. GOOD

Dr. Good is a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  She spent 6 years in private ophthalmology practice before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2008. Dr. Good has published in several veterinary scientific journals and is actively involved in clinical ophthalmic research.  She has been a member of the credentialing committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a reviewer for numerous veterinary journals. She has a special interest in ophthalmic surgery and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.   

Dr. Stephanie Beaumont

Dr. Stephanie Beaumont

“Be a Master…Avoid Disaster! Ocular Adnexal Surgery: Common Mistakes to Avoid.”

This presentation will review common adnexal surgical procedures, surgical principles for a successful outcome and common mistakes to avoid.  Dr. Beaumont will discuss adnexal tissue characteristics and healing as well as appropriate surgical instrumentation and suture choices.  

About Dr. Beaumont

Dr. Stephanie Beaumont is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  She completed a one year small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at Oklahoma State University in 1999 followed by a one year ophthalmology internship in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida.   She then moved to California and successfully completed a three year residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of California - Davis and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2003.  She has specialized in veterinary ophthalmology for almost 20 years and has worked in California, Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas.  She has authored scientific articles in several veterinary journals and speaks at local and national veterinary meetings.  Dr. Beaumont owns Animal Eye Specialists in Richardson, Texas and enjoys art, reading and traveling and spending time with her husband and their three beautiful girls and a variety of pets.              


Dr. Gia Klauss                   

Conjunctivitis in the Dog & Cat” and “Feline Herpes Virus”

Conjunctivitis in dogs and cats: Conjunctivitis is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in our patients. We will discuss the clinical signs of the many causes of conjunctivitis in dogs and cats. Other ocular conditions will present with similar clinical signs so we will highlight the distinguishing features of the myriad other causes of a red-eye. The most common causes of conjunctivitis will be reviewed. including allergies, hypersensitivity reactions, and infectious agents.  Guidelines for treatment of conjunctivitis will be discussed. 

Feline Herpes Virus: Feline Herpes Virus (FHV) is a common infection in cats and causes a variety of ocular diseases. We will discuss the most common ocular manifestations and their sequelae, including conjunctivitis, corneal ulceration, eosinophilic keratoconjunctivitis, corneal sequestrum, and symblepharon.  We will review diagnostic testing for FHV, and discuss medical and surgical management for these conditions. 

About Dr. Klauss

Dr. Klauss graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. She returned to the University of Wisconsin for a fellowship in ocular pathology. She then completed a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri. She has been an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine since 2005. She is the head of the Ophthalmology service in the teaching hospital, and course coordinator of didactic and clinical teaching in Comparative Ophthalmology. Dr. Klauss is a dynamic and engaging lecturer and has received an award for excellence in clinical teaching at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Klauss has lectured extensively in the academic setting and at national meetings. She has scientific publications in Veterinary Ophthalmology, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Pathology, and Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal.

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Dr. Holly Hamilton 

”Anterior Uvea: the portal to the body."

Understanding how to better recognize and diagnose uveitis. These highly vascularized structures can be an early sentinel for systematic disease. Uveitis along with inherited abnormalities of the iris and ciliary body in dogs and cats will be discussed.

about Dr. Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 1989. She completed a one-year small animal internship at Washington State University and completed an ophthalmology residency and master's degree program at Auburn University. In 1995 she accepted a faculty position in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Hamilton is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and she has been in ophthalmology private specialty practice since 1999 in both Colorado and California. She is presently at Bay Area Animal Eye Care in Fremont California. Dr. Hamilton has published several articles and book chapters in both small animal and equine ophthalmology.

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Dr. Kate Myrna

Lense and Cataract

In this lecture we will discuss the most common cause of cataracts, treatment for cataracts and ways to effectively communication with your clients about cataracts. We will also cover lens luxation, traumatic lens rupture and other diseases of the lens.

About Dr. Myrna

Dr. Myrna Completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin but has trained all over North America. She has been teaching at the University of Georgia for the past nine years where she has been recognized and won multiple awards for her teaching and engaging lecture style.
Dr. Myrna’s research interest lies in tear dynamics and corneal wound healing.


Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo   

“The Fundus of the Dog and Cat: Differentiating Normal from Abnormal”

In this lecture, we will discuss the structure of the normal fundus of dogs and cats, including normal variations, and how to differentiate between normal and abnormal fundi. Even if the clinical diagnosis is not clear, once abnormality has been identified (or suspected), the examiner can seek further help to pursue a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. On the other hand, failing to identify abnormalities in the fundus may delay treatment and lead to irreversible damage to the eye or vision. Practical clinical tips and tools for differentiating normal fundi from abnormal ones will be provided and discussed.

About Dr. Ben-shlomo

Dr. Ben-Shlomo obtained his DVM and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He successfully completed a comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida and subsequently obtained his board certification and a Diplomate status in the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  Gil is currently serving on the faculty at Cornell University. He teaches veterinary and graduate students and trains residents in the field of veterinary ophthalmology. Dr. Ben-Shlomo is an associate editor and author of Gelatt’s Veterinary Ophthalmology (6th edition), and an editorial board member of the journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Gil is also a popular speaker, having been invited to talk in national and international meetings and congresses for general practitioners and ophthalmologists. Dr. Ben-Shlomo is the President of the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ISVO).

Reduced Student Rate

If you are currently enrolled in a veterinary program you may attend the General Practitioners' session at half price. Just register on the general meeting form and select the appropriate 'Student fee' under the GP Course section. Students will need to submit proof of current enrollment before attending on site, or bring the letter to the registration desk if walk-up registering. This could be a letter from an instructor or current transcripts.

General Practitioners Speaker Schedule

7:00am – 8:00am             Light breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00am – 9:00am            Dr. Kathy Good – CORNEAL EMERGENCIES: “Can I save this eye?”

9:00am – 10:00am           Dr. Stephanie Beaumont – “Be a Master…Avoid Disaster! Ocular Adnexal Surgery: Common Mistakes to Avoid.”

10:00am-10:15am            Break with Exhibitors

10:15am – 11:15am        Dr. Gia Klauss – “Conjunctivitis in the Dog and Cat”

11:15am – 12:15pm       Dr. Gia Klauss – “Feline Herpes Virus”

12:15pm – 1:15pm          Lunch - Plantation Room 1 (Lower Level)

 1:15pm – 3:15pm             Dr. Kate Myrna – Lens and Cataract

3:15pm – 3:30pm              Break with Exhibitors 

3:30pm – 4:30pm             Dr. Holly Hamilton – “Anterior Uvea: the portal to the body.”

4:30pm - 5:30pm              Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo – “The Fundus of the Dog and Cat: Differentiating Normal from Abnormal.”

Complimentary On-Line Viewing Access of Courses

Online access for the 2011-current courses are available to purchase; view 1 hr presentation free! (Free Silverlight software download required.) Order session access for past years. Future courses will also be recorded and will be included in your registration fee for that year and available each November for on-line purchase/access (This year's course will be provided for free to our course attendees).

General Practitioner Course History

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The General Practitioner Course has been held since 2006, but recording began in 2011. Order session access.