Satellite Meetings & Breakouts

Several committees or related organizations will hold meetings during the ACVO conference in Maui. Our goal is to provide a description of the focus of each meeting or supplemental educational session over the summer. Currently these will include the following:

  • ACVO Teaching and Learning Meeting

  • Pharmaceutical Safety Studies Committee

  • Vitreous Society meeting

These courses and/or meetings will all be provided at no additional cost. Additionally, sessions focusing on sub-topics such as equine or exotics may also be available. Schedules will be available late summer and will provide complete information.

To request a Satellite Meeting or Breakout, please contact the office.

ACVO Teaching and Learning Meeting

NEW Day/Time | Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Organizer: Dr. Margie Gilmour

The ACVO Teaching and Learning meeting hosts topics that specifically focus on veterinary ophthalmology education. It provides a venue for ophthalmologists to share teaching and learning strategies, and to hear education presentations from outside speakers with an expertise in general and clinical education.

When considering travel arrangements, please note the Teaching and Learning Meeting is taking place a day earlier than in year’s past.

Caroline Betbeze DVM, MS, Diplomate, ACVO - “Working Backwards - Teaching Ophthalmology in an Outcomes-Based Curriculum Design”

Jessica Meekins, DVM, MS, DACVO - ‘Using the Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Framework and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) to teach clinical ophthalmology.’


Vitreous Society Meeting

Friday, November 8th, 2019  |  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leandro Teixera

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“Vitreoretinal pathology in dogs and cats: the COPLOW perspective”

Few specialties/subspecialties have a more synergistic relationship than ophthalmologists and ocular pathologists and this synergy is evident to anyone that has ever been exposed to any of the more than 65 thousand cases present in the COPLOW lab database. This presentation will address the clinicopathological features of ocular disorders affecting the posterior segment of patients from the COPLOW database, highlighting the correlations between the microscopic, clinical and surgical aspects of selected disease processes.

About Dr. Teixeira

Dr. Teixeira received his DVM from the Sao Paulo State University, Brazil and did a residency in Veterinary Anatomical Pathology at the same university followed by a Master’s degree in Comparative Anatomic Pathology. He subsequently did a two-year fellowship in Ocular Pathology at the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by another two-year fellowship in Vision Science at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the UW-Madison School of Medicine. Dr. Teixeira previously served as a clinical instructor in ocular pathology and is currently an Assistant Professor of Comparative Ocular Pathology and the director of the COPLOW laboratory in the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

He is responsible for diagnostic ocular pathology services at the COPLOW lab, collaborative research in the academic setting through UW’s veterinary and medical schools and McPherson Eye Research Institute (MERI) and ocular toxicologic pathology support through the Ocular Services on Demand (OSOD), LLC and the Comparative Ophthalmic Research Laboratory (CORL). His research focus in the morphologic and comparative aspects of spontaneous ocular animal disease, morphological and ultrastructural assessment of animal models of glaucoma and retinal neovascular diseases and ocular immunology in animal models among other topics. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications as well as multiple book chapters.

Organizer: Dr. Joe Wolfer

The Vitreous Society is pleased to announce that we will be holding a meeting and lecture session in conjunction with the ACVO general meeting again this year in Maui, HI.  This session will be held concurrently, but please note that both will be digitally recorded to view post-conference.

The Vitreous Society is pleased to announce the “Samuel J. Vainisi award” again at this year's meeting for the best presentation. The winner    will be presented with the award by Dr. Vainisi himself, so stick around until the end of lectures!

Submissions were already made via the ACVO Call for Papers process and are closed. Questions about submissions or the course should be made directly to Dr. Wolfer at

Tentative presentation schedule
(as of 6.26.19)

8:00AM Dr. Joe Wolfer - Opening remarks and updates

8:15AM Dr. Angelica Safatle - “OCT of the Posterior Segment; an Important Examination for Retinopathies”

8:30AM Dr. Cameron Whittaker - “Is Vitreoretinal Surgery for you?”

8:45AM Dr. Shinsuke Wakaiki - “OCT Assessment Before and After Vitreoretinal Surgery in a Dog”

9:00AM Dr. Thierry Azoulay - “Contribution of 19g and 23g Videoendoscopy to Vitreoretinal Surgery”

9:15AM Dr. Samuel Vainisi - “Update on Prophylactic Laser Retinopexy in Humans”

9:30AM Dr. Joseph Wolfer - “Resorbable Hydrogel as a Vitreous Substitute After Retinal Reattachment Surgery”

9:45AM Dr. Allison Hoffman - “Management of Retinal Detachments Following Open Globe Injury.”

10:00AM Dr. Eric Storey - “Why our Patients Retinas Detach; Images from a Vitreoretinal Surgeon”


10:30AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Dr. Leandro Teixera - “Vitreoretinal Pathology in Dogs”

11:30AM Dr. Joseph Wolfer - Awards and closing remarks