Advanced Ophthalmology – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Date: Fri 9th Sep 2022 - Sat 10th Sep 2022
Venue: Woodside Equine Clinic
Location: Richmond, VA (Richmond International Airport)
Contact Hours: 22 hrs – Lecture Series (12 hrs, online) & On-Location (10 hrs)
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
  • Choose currency at checkout
Qualified Vet -
USD 1390.00
USD 1530.00
2nd vet, same clinic -
USD 1320.00
USD 1455.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
USD 2290.00
USD 2520.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Certification from Clinic) -
USD 770.00
USD 770.00
Veterinary Student -
USD 280.00
USD 310.00
VAEP Member -
USD 1190.00
USD 1290.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 31st July 2022
Registration Deadline: Friday 12th August 2022

* 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.



1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth $1070):   Fri 9 – Sat 10 September 2022

Friday 3:00 – 7:30pm:  Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception
Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Practical Sessions


12 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth $460)At your leisure

Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. Contact us if you have previously purchased this webinar series.


Total Continuing Education Hours:   22 hrs


COVID-19 Update
We have firm plans to hold all advertised courses and events as announced on our website, provided that restrictions will have been lifted by then. We would like to reassure you that if you register for one of our upcoming courses, you will or can opt to receive a full refund if the course/event should have to be postponed or cancelled due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. We will of course continue to closely monitor developments and government advice, as well as adhering to routine social distancing and anti-viral procedures on the courses. As usual, we urge you to not make any non-refundable travel or accommodation arrangements until VetPD has confirmed in writing that the course/event will indeed take place and to have suitable travel insurance in place, should the situation / government advice suddenly change.



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.  

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first worked through the  corresponding online Lecture Series ‘Advanced Ophthalmology':

  • If you have already purchased the Lecture Series independently of the On-Location Portion, please contact the office on for a voucher code to reduce the price accordingly.

The speakers / instructors on this course are leaders in the field of equine rehabilitation worldwide and will be discussing the following topics interactively with the attendees:

Speaker Title Duration
M. de Linde Henriksen Recent Developments in Ophthalmic Diagnostics & Therapeutics Part I 50 min
Richard McMullen Recent Developments in Ophthalmic Diagnostics & Therapeutics Part II 50 min
Richard McMullen Equine Uveitis – Understanding a Complex Disease 50 min
Richard McMullen Equine Uveitis – A Rational Approach to Treatment 50 min
M. de Linde Henriksen Corneal Healing &Ulcer Management 50 min
M. de Linde Henriksen Corneal Surgery – When, why & how? 50 min
M. de Linde Henriksen Non-Ulcerative & Immune Mediated Keratitis 50 min
M. de Linde Henriksen Ocular Neoplasia – Optimal Approaches to Therapy 50 min
Richard McMullen Diagnostic Ocular Ultrasound & Digital Infrared Photography 50 min
Richard McMullen The Posterior Eye & The Pre-Purchase Examination 50 min

Day 1 starts at 15:00h with 3 hours of interactive Case-Discussions, Q&A which will give attendees the unique opportunity to apply what they have learned during Lecture Series in discussion with the world-renowned specialists.  This will then be followed by the obligatory Wine & Cheese Reception allowing for attendees to socialise with colleagues and the speakers/instructors.

On the second day, 7 hours ofpractical 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: 

  • Ophthalmologic & Surgical Procedures – Attendees to choose:  Nerve blocks, lavage system placement, eyelid laceration repair (emergency situations), keratotomy, temporary tarsorrhaphy & enucleation
  • 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, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch at a restaurant and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the Lecture Series (included in the price).   Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.


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    Brian Gilger
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVO, Dipl.ABT, FARVO

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Brian is a native of Akron, Ohio, USA and received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After a 1-year internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and a 3-year ophthalmology residency at Auburn University in Alabama, he returned to The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in 1992. In October of 1995, Brian joined the faculty at North Carolina State University as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and is now a Professor of Ophthalmology and head of clinical ophthalmology at NC State University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Brian is the immediate past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. His clinical interests include treatment of equine recurrent uveitis, corneal disease, and intraocular surgery. Brian's main research interest is ocular immunology, imaging, and drug delivery. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 30 book chapters, and 3 books, including two editions of 'Equine Ophthalmology'. He is also the co-founder of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium and serves as a member of its governing board. 

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    Dennis Brooks
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVO

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Dennis E. Brooks passed the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1984. Dr Brooks received a PhD in 1987 from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. Dr Brooks has been a scientist and clinician in academia and is a Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology. He was the President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 1997-1998. Dr Brooks has written over 170 academic scientific publications, 76 book chapters, received $2.3 million in research grants, and has given over 300 lectures both nationally and internationally in comparative ophthalmology. His book, Equine Ophthalmology, was published in 2002 and again in 2008. A book Small Animal Ophthalmology was published in 2011. He received the British Equine Veterinary Association’s Sir Frederick Smith Memorial Lecture and Medal Recipient in 2007, and received the Frank J. Milne State of the Art Award of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 2010. Dr Brooks has extensive experience in amnion grafting, corneal transplantation and cataract surgeries of the horse.

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    Richard McMullen, Dipl.ACVO, Dipl.ECVO

    United States

    American & European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Dr. McMullen began pursuing his higher education during his military service in Germany, obtaining his veterinary degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McMullen teaches classes in ophthalmology and conducts research in the area of vision, equine recurrent uveitis and immune mediated keratitis, particularly, novel methods of disease management by intravitreal injections and photodynamic therapy. Dr. McMullen is a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists; Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Opthalmologists; Certificate of Additional Qualification, Equine Opthalmology, Zusatzeichnung Augenheilkunde – Pferde (Germany). He holds veterinary licenses in Alabama and in Germany, and has received numerous professional honors and awards in the United States and Europe.

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    Michala de Linde Henriksen
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVO

    Denmark, United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Dr. de Linde Henriksen is originally from Denmark where she received her DVM degree in 2005 from University of Copenhagen. Her comparative ophthalmology residency was performed at University of Florida and her PhD in equine ophthalmology is from University of Copenhagen/University of Florida.

    Dr. Henriksen has worked as an assistant professor in comparative ophthalmology at CSU since July 2017. She came to CSU from University of Minnesota where she worked as a clinical assistant professor in comparative ophthalmology for four years (2013-2017).

    Dr. Henriksen loves mountain hiking with her French bulldog ‘Frieda’ in her spare time.

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    Jonathan Hirsch
    DVM, Dipl.ACVS-LA

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Veterinary Surgery
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    Dr. Jonathan Hirsch is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Following vet school, he completed an internship at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in California and then returned to Virginia working as an ambulatory veterinarian. He later completed a surgical/medical fellowship at Oregon State and a large animal surgical residency at UC Davis.

    Dr. Hirsch is board certified in Large Animal Surgery from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His main areas of interest are in general surgery, sports medicine and emergency medicine. He finds the practice of equine veterinary medicine and surgery continually challenging and extremely rewarding and notes that each horse and each condition represents a unique diagnostic and treatment opportunity. He gains great satisfaction in helping alleviate the discomfort of horses and enabling these athletes to return to peak performance.

    Dr. Hirsch is a FEI Official Veterinarian for Dressage and an active participant in the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology.

    Dr. Hirsch grew up on a small horse farm in Charlottesville, VA where he was actively involved in the care of the horses, cats, dogs and chicken who resided there. He earned a Classics degree from Randolph-Macon College and a Master’s in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Hirsch enjoys time with his wife, Wendy and their two children, Ellie and Jacob. He also enjoys running and biking and taking trips to the beach. Areas of Focus- Surgery and Lameness Memberships- American Association of Equine Practitioners, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Veterinary Medical Association, United States Equestrian Federation, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Affiliations- FEI- Event Veterinarian (Dressage)

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Course Program

Woodside Equine Clinic


Woodside Equine Clinic
13011 Blanton Road


Phone: 804-798-3281





From the North:
Take I-95 South to Exit 92 (Ashland/54 west). Continue on 54 west crossing over Route 1. Go through the town of Ashland and proceed across the railroad tracks. Continue to the next stoplight and make a left onto Blanton Road. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Woodside Equine Clinic will be on your right. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.

From the South:
Take I-95 north to Exit 92 (Ashland/54 west). Continue on 54 west crossing over Route 1. Go through the town of Ashland and proceed across the railroad tracks. Continue to the next stoplight and make a left onto Blanton Road. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Woodside Equine Clinic will be on your right. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.

From the East:
Take I-64 west to I-295 north to I-95 north. Follow I-95 north to Exit 92 (Ashland/54 west). Continue on 54 west crossing over Route 1. Go through the town of Ashland and proceed across the railroad tracks. Continue to the next stoplight and make a left onto Blanton Road. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Woodside Equine Clinic will be on your right. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.

From the West:
Take I-64 East to Exit 173 (Rockville/Manakin). Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Route 623 (Ashland Road). Cross Route 33 (Mountain Road) and continue about 2 miles. As Ashland Road takes a sweeping turn, turn left onto Blanton Road (you will see a blue sign here for the state fire training center). Go approximately 1 mile and the clinic will be on your left. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.



International Airports

25 miles: Richmond International Airport - Richmond, VA

89 miles: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - Washington, DC

97 miles: Washington Dulles International Airport - Dulles, VA


Domestic Airports

75 miles: Charlottesville Albemarle Airport - Charlottesville, VA

77 miles: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport - Newport News, VA


VetPD has a block of rooms available at Hampton Inn Richmond-North/Ashland (705 England Street,  Ashland, VA 23005) at a discounted rate. Please call the hotel directly or visit:

Ashland Inn and Suites

8100 England Street

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1 804-798-4231



4 miles


Hampton Inn Richmond-North/Ashland

705 England Street 

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1-804-752-8444



4 miles


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Richmond North Ashland

107 South Carter Road

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1-804-752-7889



4 miles


Country Inn and Suites Hanover

11600 Lakeridge Pkwy.

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1 804-798-7378



 5.5 miles


Courtyard by Marriott Richmond North

10077 Brook Road

Glen Allen, VA 23059

Tel: +1 804-266-6900



7 miles


Informative, interesting and close contact with patients and speakers, and plenty of tme for discusssions.

Kim de Graaf, Netherlands

Advanced Equine Ophthalmology  2019


Brilliant, very well organized. Amazing lectures with brilliant practical sessions.

Agnieszka Banach, Hampden Veterinary Hospital, Aylesbury, UK.

Practical Ophthalmology for Equine Practitioners course 2016