Panel Discussion – Dry Eye Disease – Not just a Schirmer tear test & cyclosporine, and…not just in dogs

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Panel Discussion
Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion - Dry Eye Disease – Not just a Schirmer tear test & Cyclosporine, and…not just in dogs


Panelists:         Elizabeth Giuliano   DVM, MS, DACVO - University of Missouri, USA
                               Lionel Sebbag   DVM, PhD, DACVO - Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Israel
                               David Williams   MA, Med, VetMB, PhD, DECAWBM, FRSB, FHEA, FRCVS - University of Cambridge, UK

Moderator:    Rick Sanchez   DVM, DECVO, FHEA - Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht (SDU-AniCura), The Netherlands     



Tear film diseases are one of the most common ocular surface problems in practice. There are several types of presentations of Dry Eye Disease (DED), and therefore numerous ways exist to approach diagnosis and treatment, some of which are more controversial. An international panel of world-renowned veterinary ophthalmologists with a special interest in DED will be using an evidence-based approach to discussing the causes, presentations, diagnosis and therapeutic options for companion animals affected by DED. 

This session’s topic is aimed at general practice veterinarians including those with a special interest in ophthalmology and advanced practitioners. Participation and questions from the audience will be welcomed by the moderator and panelists. 


Panel Discussion Registration Process:    Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. If you wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance after having viewed the webinar, please get in touch with us and we will send it to you electronically.

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    Lionel Sebbag
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVO


    Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
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    Dr. Sebbag obtained his Veterinary Medical Degree from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France). He then completed a rotating internship at Kansas State University before pursuing a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Sebbag held a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (Ophthalmology service) at Iowa State University, where he completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences focused on pharmacology and ocular disease models.   He is now Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology at Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Isreal.

    He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), and his clinical and research interests include ocular surface diseases, tear film biology and innovations in drug delivery to the eye.

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    David Williams

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine
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    Before he graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1988, David already knew that he wanted to concentrate on ophthalmology in his professional career. Seeing practice in Solihull, West Midlands, John Heath CertVOphthal MRCVS senior partner in the 608 Veterinary Group captivated David with his enthusaism for the subject.

    Before graduating David gained experience with Dr Keith Barnett at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, an internationally recognised expert in the field. After qualifying David worked as assistant veterinary surgeon and then resident in veterinary ophthalmology at the Trust, before gaining his certificate in veterinary ophthalmology and moving to the Royal Veterinary College to undertake a PhD investigating the pathology of chronic superficial keratitis in the German Shepherd dog (see photo).

    After gaining his PhD David stayed at the RVC, as resident in clinical pharmacology with a particular interest, perhaps not surprisingly, in ocular pharmacology. After two years researching the practical and theoretical aspects of ocular drug delivery, he moved back to the Animal Health Trust for a period as Clinical Investigative Ophthalmologist before completing the circle, as it were, and moving back to Cambridge.

    Here he is now Associate Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, a position he combines with teaching at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, where he is fellow, Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine and College Lecturer in Pathology.

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    Rick Sanchez
    DVM, Dipl.ECVO, FHEA

    The Netherlands

    European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Rick pursued his education in the US and the UK with a BSciBiol in 1994 (STAC, New York), a DVM in 1999 after attending Ross and Louisiana State Universities. He obtained his EU veterinary qualification in 2001, a Certificate in Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in 2004, his DipECVO in 2007 and became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for Veterinary Teaching in 2014 through the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). He commenced his veterinary specialty training in the US in 1999 completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow and the Eye Veterinary Clinic in 2005, then headed the ophthalmology service in a private practice until late 2011, when he joined the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to establish and direct the Ophthalmology Service and an ECVO Ophthalmology Residency program that are still running today.

    He returned to private practice (Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht (SDU)-Anicura) in the Netherlands in 2017. Rick is the course director of several established ophthalmology courses around the world for veterinarians seeking general training in ophthalmology and specialists in training. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal since 2010, and the Senior Editorial Board Member of BMC Veterinary Research in Ophthalmology since 2018. Rick has an active research interest in the cornea, and in corneal and cataract surgeries. Rick’s Google Scholar profile has a current list of his publications.


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    Elizabeth Giuliano
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVO

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Dr. Giuliano received a Bachelor of Science with honors from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1991 and her DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1997 and remained in private practice in midtown Manhattan the following year. In 1998, she returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to complete a Comparative Ocular Pathology Fellowship. Since July 1, 1999, Dr. Giuliano has been a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri where she completed a residency in veterinary ophthalmology and a Masters of Science degree.

    She is currently a tenured Professor of the department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri and Section Chief of their comparative ophthalmology service. She has authored over 100 articles and text book chapters. Dr. Giuliano is a dynamic, engaging speaker and has lectured extensively in the academic setting and at national and international meetings. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including three Golden Aesculapius Teaching Awards, the Gold Chalk Award, the Dadd Award, and was Western Veterinary Conference’s “Educator of the Year” in 2018. In 2011, she was elected to the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) Board of Regents and served as the ACVO President from 2015-2016. In 2019 she was nominated to the ABVO examination committee where she will serve 3 years

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