General Practitioners' Course


Dr. David Wilkie – Cornea – 0.5mm is all you get!

Dr. David Wilkie – The Anterior Segment – Lens, Uveitis and Glaucoma or ALL THE RED STUFF

Dr. Terah Webb – Adnexal Diseases and Therapy

Dr. Federica Maggio – Feline Ophthalmology

Dr. Brady Beale – Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Diseases

Dr. Brady Beale – Ocular Neoplasia

Dr. Gillian McLellan – Understanding the fundus: is that normal?!


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Dr. Brady Beale

"The Eye Matters!"

"Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease"

When patients are systemically ill, the eye exam can be particularly valuable for uncovering the underlying disease process. The lecture will highlight some of the more common systemic diseases that lead to lesions in the eye. In many cases, the appearance of a lesion can help narrow a differential list and give indications for treatment plans and prognosis.

"Ocular Neoplasia"

From benign eyelid tumors to fulminant lymphosarcoma, we see cancer in all tissues of the eye.  Treatment options vary not only with the disease, but with the needs of the individual patient.  This lecture will review the most common forms of neoplasia seen in the eyes and offer a variety of practical treatment options.

About Dr. Beale

Dr. Brady Beale is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with special interests in corneal disease, cataract surgery and glaucoma. Dr. Beale is a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the Chief Medical Communications Officer for the hospital. She also works in private practice at PETS in Lancaster, PA. 

Dr. Beale received her veterinary diploma from the University of Pennsylvania where she also completed a year-long internship in medicine and surgery.  She then completed a 3-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at North Carolina State University. Prior to pursuing her veterinary studies, Dr. Beale obtained her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, and she has interned at numerous animal care locations including The New England Aquarium and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  She is currently the consulting veterinary ophthalmologist for the Philadelphia zoo, where she recently surgically removed cataracts restored vision to a 62-year-old Andean condor. 

Recently the Chair of the Public Relations committee for ACVO, Dr. Beale has a passion for communication and outreach.  She was recently featured in Animal Planet’s docu-series, Life at Vet U, filmed at Penn Vet in 2016.  Her website,, is used in clinics throughout the country to share inspiring stories of blind animals when restoration of vision is not possible.   She is also active in youth STEM programs and recently gave a TEDx talk to help young students explore their interests.

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Dr. Gillian McLellan

“Understanding the fundus: is that normal?!” 

The ocular fundus is the part of the posterior segment of the eye that is viewed with the ophthalmoscope and shouldn’t be confused with the “retina”, as the latter structure is not solely responsible for what you see.  In fact, the neurosensory retina is mostly translucent and under normal circumstances should hardly be visible! In this session, the anatomy of the ocular fundus will be reviewed and a systematic approach to fundus evaluation will be presented. Normal variation in fundus appearance within and between species will be highlighted.  These variations, as well as ophthalmoscopically visible hallmarks of ocular pathology, will be presented in the context of underlying anatomy and disease processes. Ophthalmoscopy can be particularly valuable in patients with suspected systemic infections or neurologic disease, as we are able to directly observe components of the CNS and vascular systems directly. It is imperative that the clinician is familiar with the wide range of normal variation if incorrect diagnosis is to be avoided. Few, if any, fundus lesions may be considered pathognomonic for a single disease and caution should be exercised in making etiological diagnoses based solely on fundus appearance.  Nevertheless, ophthalmoscopy remains a powerful tool for clinicians armed with knowledge of the basic anatomy of the structures they are examining, and the range of pathologic processes that can affect these structures. 

About Dr. McLellan

Gill graduated from Glasgow University in 1990 and worked in general practice for a few years before moving to London, where she completed a PhD and served as a Lecturer in Ophthalmology. In 2000 she joined the faculty at UC-Davis, then spent several years at Iowa State University, before moving North to Wisconsin, where she currently holds a joint faculty position in both the School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison. Gill is a Diplomate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is a European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. Gill is a Past-President of the ECVO; serves on the Editorial Board of the journal “Veterinary Ophthalmology”, as well as the ARVO Animals in Research Committee, and Board of Directors of the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation, and has co-authored two textbooks. As a clinician-scientist, her main research focus is comparative glaucoma, with specific research and clinical interests in retinal and optic nerve disease, electrophysiology, diagnostic imaging and feline ocular disease. Outside of work, Gill enjoys live music, good food and spending time outdoors (wind-chill permitting) with her family.

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Dr. Federica Maggio

"Feline Ophthalmology"

The presentation will include a review of the most common feline ocular disorders, with special focus on diagnosis and treatment

About Dr. Maggio

Dr. Federica Maggio graduated in Veterinary Medicine at University of Bologna in Italy in 1991.  She completed her residency in Comparative and Veterinary Ophthalmology at NCSU in 2004. In 2005 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  She is the author or co-author of several published papers and books, and is a frequent lecturer in the US and Europe. Her special interests include corneal and intraocular surgery, glaucoma and oculoplastic surgery. She is currently employed as veterinary ophthalmologist at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatments and Specialties in Walpole, MA.

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Dr. Terah Webb

“Adnexal Diseases and Therapy”

This lecture will cover a step-by-step approach to ocular exam of the nasolacrimal system and eyelids.  Structure and function of the adnexa will be reviewed as well as common diseases and diagnostic tools.  Medical and surgical treatment options will be covered in detail including intraoperative surgical videos and "pearls" for successful adnexal surgery.

About Dr. Webb

Dr. Terah Webb is a board-certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist at MedVet in Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Webb attended The College of Wooster where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 and The Ohio State University where she earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2002. Following her graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Webb completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Carolina Veterinary Specialists and a Residency in comparative ophthalmology at both MedVet and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine from 2003-2006.  Dr. Webb has been at MedVet since completion of her residency and is the chair of the Pharmacy Committee.  Dr. Webb's special interests include glaucoma and she is currently the chair of the Vision For Animals Foundation Glaucoma Consortium.   Dr. Webb has served as a principal investigator in several clinical trials, including a novel therapy to prevent diabetic cataracts. An active advocate of continuing education for veterinary professionals, she has lectured on various small animal ophthalmology topics at regional and national meetings.

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Dr. David Wilkie

“Cornea – 0.5mm is all you get!”

Ulcerative diseases of the cornea will be discussed. These vary from the superficial indolent to the melting and deep corneal ulcers. Common questions include, is there a difference in canine vs feline, what topical therapies to choose, how to decide on medical vs. surgical management, when to refer?

“The Anterior Segment – Lens, Uveitis and Glaucoma or ALL THE RED STUFF”

These 3 diseases are the most commonly seen intraocular ophthalmic disorders in small animal practice. They are often inter-related and may even be concurrent. It is essential to be able to differentiate between these diseases and also to know when they may indicate a potential systemic disease or when the contralateral eye is at risk for the same disease. What are your treatment options to preserve vision, control pain and maintain cosmesis? 

About Dr. Wilkie

Dr. Wilkie was born in Toronto, Canada and obtained his D.V.M. degree in 1984 from the University of Guelph, Canada. He spent one year at the University of Pennsylvania as an intern and in 1985 came  to The Ohio State University to begin a 3-year residency and Masters degree in comparative ophthalmology. He received both his Masters degree (MS) and ophthalmology specialty boards (ACVO)   in 1988. He was subsequently hired as an Assistant Professor in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University. He was promoted to Associate Professor of veterinary ophthalmology in 1994 and then to Professor. He is currently Professor of Ophthalmology and  Department Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. In addition, Dr. Wilkie is a Professor in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Wilkie has trained 21 residents who are Board Certified in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists or the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and 3 Diplomates in Japanese Comparative Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Wilkie has provided advanced training in ophthalmology to 20 graduate students and over 34 veterinarian ophthalmologists from 12 countries.

 Dr. Wilkie is author of 102 articles, 104 abstracts and 46 textbook chapters, and serves as a research consultant to numerous national and international research facilities. He has served as an editor of several textbooks and is currently a reviewer for 25 Veterinary and Human ophthalmology and   research journals and serves on the Editorial Board of 9 Veterinary and Human ophthalmology and research journals. He is the past chairperson of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Examination Committee and Past-President for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  Dr. Wilkie currently serves on the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Foundation board.  In addition, Dr. Wilkie has served on the Editorial Review Board and as Associate-Editor for Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Wilkie is currently the Editor and Chief for the journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology. He is an international speaker having presented seminars in the USA, Canada, Japan, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain, Russia, Slovenia, Finland, Ireland, Taiwan, Portugal, Switzerland, Israel, Slovakia, Hungary, South Korea and the Czech Republic. Dr. Wilkie is a respected teacher both at the University and internationally. He has twice been nominated for the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and for the Merck/AgVet Award for Creativity in Teaching. He received the Omega Tau Sigma Alumni Gamma Award in 2000, the Dr. Charles W. Fox Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2012, and the National Gamma Award for Distinguished Service in 2014 at Ohio State University. He was awarded the North American Veterinary Conference - Equine Speaker of the Year Award in 2013. He has been twice nominated for the AAVC Faculty Achievement Award (2016/2017) and received this award in 2017

Dr. Wilkie's areas of interest include ocular surgery, inflammatory diseases of the eye, ocular pharmacology, cataract surgery, intraocular lens implantation, glaucoma, and comparative ophthalmology. He is married to Dr. Susan Johnson a Professor in small animal internal medicine and they   have 2 children in University. In addition to work, Dr. Wilkie plays hockey and enjoys downhill skiing, wilderness canoeing, windsurfing, scuba diving and life at the cottage in Canada.