Satellite Meetings & Breakouts

Several committees or related organizations will hold meetings during the ACVO conference in Baltimore. 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:

  • Pharmaceutical Safety Studies Committee
  • Comparative Ocular Surface Disease Workshop
  • International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology
  • Focus group meeting on Education
  • 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 in July and will provide complete information.

Pharmaceutical Safety Studies Committee

The committee will meet to discuss progress on previous objectives and address new business.  

Planned activities:

  • Report on SOT in Baltimore, 2017.
  • Discuss SOT meeting in San Antonio and booth volunteer recruitment for 2018.
  • Update on ACVO Ocular Tox Standards text, Dr. Brian Gilger, editor.
  • New business.

Mission Statement:

To address issues and concerns of members of the ACVO regarding ophthalmic pharmaceutical and/or toxicology consulting. 1) increase awareness of the pharmaceutical industry and contract research organizations about the specialty of veterinary ophthalmology, 2) protect the public by encouraging participation of trained veterinary ophthalmologists in studies of investigational drugs and devices, 3) establish standards for ophthalmic examinations in pharmaceutical and toxicological studies.

Comparative Ocular Surface Disease Workshop

Following a successful satellite meeting centered on the ocular surface at the Fort Worth ACVO Meeting, the Comparative Ocular Surface Disease Work group is pleased to host another session, this time integrated within the upcoming ACVO meeting in Baltimore. Once again the focus of the session will be the tear film and its interaction with and contributions to the health of the cornea and conjunctiva. We encourage submission of abstracts that present new information regarding tear film composition and monitoring, diagnostic approaches to qualitative and quantitative tear film dysfunction, and the clinical signs and management of ocular surface disease related to evaporative or secretory dry eye disease.

This scientific session will be conducted just like the remainder of the ACVO’s annual meeting; it will simply be a themed session held on one morning or afternoon of the conference. Interested presenters should submit abstracts using the same guidelines and deadlines as required for all other ACVO abstracts. There is no additional cost to present at or attend this session. If you are uncertain whether your abstract may be appropriate for this session, please do not hesitate to contact the ACVO Scientific Committee.

International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (Date & time TBA)


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Vitreous Society meeting

The Vitreous Society is pleased to announce that we will be holding a meeting and lecture session in conjunction with the ACVO general meeting this year in Baltimore Maryland.  Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for the lecture session, however, you must be registered with the main conference to attend the Vitreous Society meeting.  Our sponsor this year is Bausch + Lomb.

So, I am hereby asking for those of you throughout the veterinary ophthalmic community, who are doing vitreoretinal surgery or research, to submit your abstracts to me for presentation at this years meeting.  Presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length depending upon how many presenters we have.   We are sincerely hoping for some international content.

Please take time as soon as you can to let me know if you would like to present.  We need to have the abstracts as quickly as possible, as we would like to include them in the proceedings for the general meeting.  If you cannot get an abstract together, please send me the title, authors, and a very brief summary.  Submissions should me made directly to me at

At the end of the session, we will have a 30 minute question and answer period.  Our panelists will be Drs. Nadelstein, Hoffman and Storey

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Dr. Barry A. Mandell, who is a board certified Vitreoretinal Specialist from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Barry A. Mandell, MD

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | 9AM - NOON

"Tales from the Human Side: Surgical Concepts and Techniques for Retinal Detachment Repair in the Human Eye"

Dr. Mandell will review the basic tenets of retinal detachment pathology and repair as they relate to Human Vitreoretinal Disease.  Specific emphasis on repair of detachments associated with Giant Retinal Tears will be covered, both from an historical perspective and from a modern day approach.  Issues unique to human patient’s in this setting (ie., Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy, Visual Outcomes, the other eye, etc.,) will be covered.  Finally, a brief overview of some of the newer surgical devices and techniques making their way into the Human Vitreoretinal OR will be discussed.

About Dr. Mandell

Dr. Barry A. Mandell is a Board Certified Vitreoretinal Specialist in private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia and went on to complete his Ophthalmology Residency at Emory University where he served as Chief Resident in his final year.  After completing a 2-year Retina Fellowship also at Emory, Dr. Mandell joined the Retina Consultants of St. Louis (ultimately the Barnes Retina Institute) where he was a member of the clinical faculty of Washington University from 1993 until 1998.  During that period, he served as the Director of Fellowship training at the Barnes Retina Institute. 

In 1998 Dr. Mandell and his family moved back home to Virginia Beach where he has been in practice for the past 19 years.  He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School where he enjoys helping to train the next generation of Ophthalmologists.  Along with treating the myriad of adult vitreoretinal diseases present in the Tidewater population, Dr. Mandell has been the regional Vitreoretinal specialist managing the posterior segment surgical diseases of neonates and premature infants.