Practical Ophthalmology for Equine Practitioners – 2 Days of Lectures & Practical Sessions

Date: Tue 9th Oct 2018 - Wed 10th Oct 2018
Venue: Evidensia Specialisthästsjukhuset Helsingborg
Location: Southern Sweden (Ängelholm, Copenhagen or Malmö Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15
Course Language: English (Swedish Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet SEK 5400.00 SEK 10800.00
2nd vet, same clinic SEK 5150.00 -
BEVA Member SEK 4600.00 -
Student SEK 1100.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) SEK 2700.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Wednesday 29th August 2018
Registration Deadline: Monday 8th 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.


Tue 9 - Wed 10 October 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course


This course is definitely taking place - registration  deadline has been extended.

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


BEVA survey constituted up to 10% of clinical cases seen in practice. In addition, the eye is regularly examined as part of insurance or pre-purchase examinations with the clinician commonly having to make decisions as to the significance of ophthalmic findings. Finally, examination of the eye is an important part of the complete physical and neurological examinations, with the ophthalmic findings often giving a clue as to the underlying disease or problem.  The importance of ophthalmology to the clinician undertaking equine work is therefore undeniable and yet most veterinarians received only limited training in this area whilst in vet school or as a young assistant. This practically-oriented course is intended to help equine clinicians learn about the most important and common problems in the equine eye, to gain confidence in how to deal with these conditions and how to interpret their findings. Extra time will be available after lectures for discussion and attendees are encouraged to interact with the speakers in open and frank conversations.

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

  • How to examine the equine eye
  • Advanced examinations of the eye (Ultrasonography, cytology etc.) 
  • Orbit, eyelids and adnexa
  • Corneal Ulceration
  • Non-ulcerative corneal disease   
  • Ocular therapeutics
  • Uveitis  
  • Glaucoma            
  • The lens, fundus and vitreous
  • Ocular neoplasia

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 small groups (2 – 4 attendees), all under the supervision of specialists. Attendees will rotate through the following practical sessions: 

  • Ophthalmic ProceduresNerve blocks, lavage system placement, aqueocentesis, intravitreal injections etc.
  • Basic Surgical Techniques – Enucleation, eyelid laceration repair, temporary tarsoraphy, corneal laceration, conjunctival grafts etc.
  • Ocular Ultrasound - live horses
  • Examination of Horses with Eye Problems
  • Pre-Purchase Examination Case Discussions

The combined talents and extensive experience of the team of internationally renowned equine ophthalmologists involved with this course, along with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, will stimulate attendees to assimilate knowledge, to put it into practice in small groups and to discuss these very important clinical problems in the horse and pony. 

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, extensive 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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    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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    Maria Källberg
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVO, Dipl.ACVO


    European & American Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
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    Maria is currently based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) where she works with both large and small animal ophthalmology. Between 2008-2016 Maria worked as an ophthalmologist at Evidensia Specialistdjursjukhuset Strömsholm.
    2008    Swedish Eye Specialist
    2008    Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
    2007     Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
    2003     Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida
    1995    Member of the Swedish Eye Panel
    1995     Certified by the Swedish Veterinary Medicine Association 1995.
    1995     Specialist in the diseases of dogs and cats
    1995     Swedish National Board of Agriculture
    1981     Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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Evidensia Specialisthästsjukhuset Helsingborg


Evidensia Specialisthästsjukhuset Helsingborg
254 66 Helsingborg


Distance from Ängelholm Airport - approx. 31 km

Distance from Copenhagen Airport - approx. 80 km

Distance from Malmö Airport - approx. 93 km


By Car

The Clinic is located at Berga industrial area, opposite Bildeve. It is signposted Veterinary Hospital from E4.

From the south on the E6: take the north exit to Helsingborg. Follow the E4 until you see the sign Animal Hospital.

From the north on the E6: take the first exit to Helsingborg. Follow the E4 until you see the sign Animal Hospital.

From the center of Helsingborg: follow Ängelholmsvägen/E4 until you see the sign Animal Hospital.

From the east follow the E4 towards Helsingborg and center until you see the sign Animal Hospital.

By Air

The closest airport is Ängelholm airport (31km – for internal flights), the best airport for international flights is Copenhagen (80km).

Local Hotels

Scandic Hotel Helsingborg Nord****   

Florettgatan 41, 25024 Helsingborg. Tel: +46 42 495 20 00. Website:

Distance to clinic 1.1 km      

Rooms from SEK1097

Hotell Viking By Maxwell****          

Fågelsångsgatan 1, 25220 Helsingborg. Tel:  +46 42 14 44 20

Distance to clinic 2.7 km      

Rooms from SEK795

Best Western Hotel Helsingborg****   

Stortorget 20, 252 23 Helsingborg. Tel:  +46 42 37 18 00

Distance to clinic 2.8 km      

Rooms from SEK1010

Best Western Hotel Duxiana****         

Bruksgatan 40, 25224 Helsingborg. Tel:  +46 42 13 23 40

Distance to clinic 3.1 km      

Rooms from SEK695

Elite Hotel Mollberg                          

Stortorget 18, 251 14 Helsingborg. Tel: +46-42-37 37 00. Email: Website:

Distance to clinic 3.6 km      

Rooms from SEK1950

Hotel Linnea                                        

Prästgatan 4, 252 24 Helsingborg. Tel: +46 42 37 24 00

Distance to clinic 3.9 km       

Rooms from SEK900

Cityvandrarhemmet Helsingborg (Hostel) 

Järnvägsgatan 39, 252 25 HELSINGBORG. Tel: +46-42-14 58 50. Website:

Distance to clinic 4.2 km           

Rooms from SEK1275

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