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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 Dogs & Cats” and “Feline Herpes Virus”

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Dr. Holly Hamilton 

General Topic: Uveitis in dogs and cats.

Distichia, Entropion, and other Window dressings: Diseases and surgery of the eyelids. 

Conditions of the eyelids will be covered including conformational, infectious, immune-mediated, neoplastic and traumatic disorders diagnostic tips and principals of therapy 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

General topic: Lense and Cataract.

This presentation will consist of anatomy with respect to clinically applicable lens anatomy, it is often useful to think of and explain the lens like a peanut m & m shaped like a regular m & m.  It is comprised of the (continuous anterior, equatorial and posterior) lens capsule and anteriorly, the associated epithelium as the “candy shell”, the cortex as the chocolate, and the (with age, increasingly) dense central nucleus as the peanut.  The actual lens cells or fibers are elongate, arising from the metabolically active equatorial region or lens bow and spanning from the front to the back of the lens, meeting at / forming the lens sutures.  After being produced at the equator lens cells are sequentially compressed in to the lens center by new growth/cells (eventually giving rise to age related nuclear sclerosis or densening of the center of the lens).

Cataracts will also be reviewed in Dr. Myrna’s presentation. A cataract is any opacity within the lens.  Such opacities occur due to disruption of the normally perfect/orderly lamellar arrangement of the lens fibers and thus light’s passage through/interaction with (refraction (bending of light) and reflection) the structure.  This disruption in varying degrees, may then affect the ability of the lens to “do its job” of focusing light (through refraction) and images onto the retina, with light scatter and ultimately blurred vision.  Despite this potential visual impairment (with loss of menace response and/or object tracking), even with a complete cataract, the afferent (retina, optic nerve) and efferent (parasympathetic fibers of cranial nerve III, iris sphincter / pupil constrictor muscle) arms of the pupillary light reflex should be intact/functioning, and the pupil should react normally to light.

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           “Retina - Differentiating Normal From Abnormal”


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.


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

View 1 hr presentation free! (Silverlight, free software required)
The General Practitioner Course has been held since 2006, but recording began in 2011. Order session access.