Advanced Equine Ophthalmology – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 12th Oct 2018 - Sat 13th Oct 2018
Venue: Tierärztliche Klinik Isernhagen
Location: near Hannover, Northern Germany (Hannover or Bremen Airport)
Accredited Hours: 14 ATF Hours
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet EUR 670.00 -
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 635.00 -
BEVA Member EUR 570.00 -
Student EUR 135.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) EUR 335.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 2nd September 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 11th October 2018

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all  attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 12 - Sat 13 October 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course

Please be aware that there are only a limited number of BEVA spaces available.

This course is now fully booked for practical spaces. We still have 'Lectures only' spaces available. Please get in touch with the office if you wish to be added to the waiting list including practical sessions (


This course was devised for equine practitioners with a good working knowledge in equine ophthalmology and provides an update on recent developments in the field.  The speaker panel consisting of 2 of the most highly respected and experienced equine ophthalmologists worldwide will be discussing the current thinking on pathophysiology of different conditions affecting the equine eye and will cover established and recently developed cutting-edge diagnostic / therapeutic techniques and medications through lectures and in particular via wetlabs. 

In the mornings the following topics will be covered in highly illustrated lectures and case presentations (in English without translation, with German moderation):

  • Recent Developments in Ophthalmic Diagnostics & Therapeutics                 
  • Diagnostic Ocular Ultrasound
  • Corneal Healing & Ulcer Management
  • A Clinician’s Guide to Ocular Immunology & Immune Mediated Diseases
  • Corneal Surgery – When, why and how?
  • Non-Ulcerative & Immune Mediated Keratitis
  • Equine Uveitis – Understanding a Complex Disease
  • Equine Uveitis – A Rational Approach to Treatment
  • The Posterior Eye & the Prepurchase Examination
  • Ocular Neoplasia – Optimal Approaches to Therapy

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and equine specimens and to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere in small groups (2 – 4 attendees), all under the supervision of the specialists. Plenty of clinical cases will be available which will be examined together with the experts.  Attendees will furthermore be able to choose which diagnostic and therapeutic techniques they would like to have demonstrated and train on equine specimens: 

  • Surgical & Ophthalmologic Procedures – Nerve blocks, lavage system placement, aqueocentesis, intravitreal injections, enucleation, eyelid laceration repair, temporary tarsoraphy, corneal laceration, conjunctival grafts, corneal grafting, corneal transplants, keratectomy, suprachoroidal implant placement etc.
  • Ocular Ultrasound - live horses
  • Examination of Horses with Eye Problems – live horses
  • Pre-Purchase Examination Case Discussions

Attendees can furthermore bring challenging or undiagnosed cases to the course, which will be worked up by the attendees under the supervision of the specialists.  At the end of Day 1 a vitrectomy demonstration might be given on a clinical case. 

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the wine & cheese reception. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.5;  C-E.15;  C-E.16

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    Andy Matthews
    BVM&S, PhD, Dipl.ECEIM, Hon Member ACVO, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Andy graduated with Distinction from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 1976. Following completion of a Research Studentship and a subsequent two year period as a Lecture in Veterinary Surgery at the University of Edinburgh he was awarded a PhD in equine immunology and protein genetics.  After a period spent in Equine Practice in Warwickshire he returned to Scotland to take up a Partnership with the McKenzie, Bryson and Marshall in Ayrshire. Now retired from practice Andy is based in Angus, Scotland and is focusing on referral eye cases and teaching. His primary and long term clinical interest is in Equine Ophthalmology, in particular ocular immunobiology. Andy has co-authored several textbooks on the subject in addition to having been sole or senior author of over 30 peer reviewed papers, and in 1991 was awarded the BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Prize for published work. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994, and in 2004 became a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. In 2011 he became one of only two individuals to be awarded honorary Membership of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. In 2012-2014 he was President of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium (IEOC). Andy is an honorary faculty member of both the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow Veterinary Schools, and has lectured regularly both in the UK and internationally.

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    Myriam von Borstel


    Fachtierrztin fr Pferde, Zusatzbezeichnung Augenheilkunde beim Pferd
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    Myriam v. Borstel studierte Tiermedizin an der Tierärztlichen Hochschule in Hannover von 1995 bis 2000. Anschließend war sie als wissenschaftliche Assistentin an der Klinik für Pferde der Tierärztlichen Hochschule Hannover angestellt, promovierte 2003, und schloss 2006 die Ausbildung zur Fachtierärztin für Pferde mit Ablegen der Prüfung ab. 2009 erlangte sie die Zusatzbezeichung Augenheilkunde beim Pferd.

    Nach der Klinikanstellung wurde sie Teilhaber in einer ambulanten Fahrpraxis für Pferde nördlich von Hannover in der Region Wedemark. Neben den üblichen anfallenden Tätigkeiten einer Pferdepraxis liegt ein Schwerpunkt Ihrer Arbeit in der Untersuchung und Behandlung von ophthalmologischen Patienten sowohl in der eigenen Praxis als auch im Rahmen konsiliarischer Tätigkeiten für umliegende Praxen und Kliniken.

    Myriam hat verschiedene Veröffentlichungen in Fachzeitschriften publiziert und Vorträge auf Kongressen gehalten. Sie hält außerdem regelmäßig Vorlesungen und studentische Übungen zum Thema Augenuntersuchung und Erkrankungen beim Pferd an der Klinik für Pferde der Tierärztlichen Hochschule Hannover.

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    Dennis Brooks
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVO

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Dennis E. Brooks is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Florida. He has lectured extensively, nationally and internationally, in comparative ophthalmology and glaucoma, and has more than 140 refereed publications. He is a recognized authority on canine glaucoma, and infectious keratitis, corneal transplantation, and glaucoma of horses.

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Tierärztliche Klinik Isernhagen


Tierärztliche Klinik Isernhagen
Burgwedeler Straße 71a
30916 Isernhagen HB


Distance from Hannover Airport: approx. 8.5 km

Distance from Bremen Airport: approx. 112 km


By car from the North:

Take the motorway A7 until exit Großburgwedel / Isernhagen HB. Turn right towards Isernhagen HB, the clinic is after 4.5 km on the right side: Burgwedeler Str. 71 a; (Opposite the Gardencenter 'Florus')

By car from the South:

Take the motorway A7 until exit Großburgwedel / Isernhagen HB. You can see IKEA in front of you. Turn left towards Isernhagen HB, the clinic is after 4.6 km on the right side: Burgwedeler Str. 71 a; (Opposite the Gardencenter 'Florus').

By car from the West:

Driving on the A2 take the A352 towards Hamburg, exit airport towards Langenhagen - Pferderennbahn. You will first get to Isernhagen NB. At the T-junction lturn left towards Burgwedel/Isernhagen HB. The clinic is after 2 km on the left side: Burgwedeler Str. 71 a; (Opposite the Gardencenter 'Florus').

Local Hotels

Sportparkhotel Isernhagen **          

Dieselstrasse 3a, 30916 Isernhagen NB. Tel: +49 (0)511 9 72 84 0. Email: Website:

Distance from clinic 2 km                 

Rooms from 48€

Hotel Auszeit *** in Isernhagen        

Burgwedeler Str. 151, 30916 Isernhagen. Tel: +49 (0)511 9 72 56 0. Fax: +49 (0)511 9 72 56 46. Email: Website:

Distance from clinic 1.5 km               

Rooms from 60€

Kokenhof **** in Burgwedel          

Isernhägener Straße 3, 30938 Großburgwedel. Tel: +49 (0) 5139 803- 0 Email: Website:

Distance from clinic 5 km                 

Rooms from 93€

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