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.


International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology | Biennial General Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Dover C, 3rd Floor Level

Organizer: Dr. David Maggs

The International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ISVO) serves as a bridge between many different local and national veterinary ophthalmology organizations thereby promoting the worldwide exchange of information relating to the eye and vision in both the domestic and native animal species. We will hold our biennial general meeting in association with the ACVO meeting in Baltimore (time and location to be decided). Members are encouraged to attend.  If you are a member of the ACVSc, AiSVO, AiCVO, BrAVO, ECVO, or SOVI, then you enjoy Associate Membership care of your parent organization (note that this is a non-voting membership). Any veterinarian may also join as a regular voting member (JOIN HERE). For full details please see our membership benefits page.


Pharmaceutical Safety Studies Committee

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Waterview C-D, Lobby Ground Level

Organizers: Drs. Mike Brown and Brian Gilger

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.


ACVO Teaching and Learning Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 | 5:30-6:50pm | Atlantic Room, 3rd floor level

Organizer: Dr. Margie Gilmour

This meeting provides a forum for those interested and/or involved in education to share and learn from education topics directly related to veterinary ophthalmology. The goal is to continually seek ways to improve our teaching and learning experience for our students, interns and residents. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.


Ocular Surface Disease Session

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 2017 | 10:30am - 5:00pm | Grand Ballrooms 1-5, 3rd floor level

Organizer: Dr. David Maggs

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.

Abstracts were submitted specifically for this session and will 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.