Practical Ophthalmology for Equine Practitioners – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Tue 29th Nov 2022 - Wed 30th Nov 2022
Venue: V.M. Horse Care
Location: Milan, Northern Italy (Milan Airport)
Contact Hours: 15
Course Language: English (Italian Moderation)
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Qualified Vet -
EUR 790.00
EUR 870.00
2nd vet, same clinic -
EUR 750.00
EUR 830.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
EUR 1390.00
EUR 1530.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) -
EUR 440.00
EUR 440.00
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Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 23rd October 2022
Registration Deadline: Tuesday 1st November 2022

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Tue 29 - Wed 30 November 2022 - A 2-Day Practical Course


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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.


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 :

  • 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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    Riccardo Stoppini


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    Riccardo graduated from the veterinary school of Parma University, Italy in 1995.  The following year he spent six months performing externships in Australia, namely at Scone Veterinary Hospital and Randwick Equine Centre, Sidney.  After a few years of experience in equine reproduction and anesthesia, Riccardo developed an interest in Equine Ophthalmology as a consequence of attending specialist courses in Italy and Europe in 1998. In 2000 he attended the “Equine Ophthalmology” course at Liverpool University (UK) and the “Basic Science Course in Veterinary Ophthalmology” at the North Carolina State University (USA) where he also spent several training periods in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011. In 2007 he attended the course “Intraocular Surgery for Advanced Surgeons - Small Animals” and in 2009 the “Intraocular Surgery for Advanced Surgeons - Horses”, in Berlin, Germany.  Since 2002 Riccardo has been working as Consultant Equine Ophthalmologist mainly in Northern Italy. He has been speaking at numerous Italian general equine conferences and on specialist ophthalmology courses.  Riccardo has furthermore authored several publications in Italian and in English for international journals. He has also contributed to the 1st and 2nd edition of the “Equine Ophthalmology” textbook by Brian Gilger.  Riccardo’s special interests include equine corneal surgery, cataract surgery and general field ophthalmology.

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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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V.M. Horse Care


V.M. Horse Care
Via Nino Bixio, 2
Ossona (MI)


Via Nino Bixio, 2

20010 Ossona (MI)


Telephone: +39 345 6840387



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Co-ordinates: 45.51125141889211, 8.908922320334298



Take the A4 (Turin-Trieste) towards Novara and exit at ARLUNO motorway exit. Direction Casorezzo, you will find the clinic a few kilometres on the right.



Take the A4 (Turin-Trieste) towards Milan and exit at ARLUNO motorway exit. Direction Casorezzo, you will find the clinic a few kilometres on the right.



Milan Malpensa Airport - approx. 30 km




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