Online Panel Discussion – Retinal Diseases - Diagnosis & Treatments

Small Animal

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3 Hours - RACE Accredited

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Sun, 21 January, 2024

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Fri, 09 February, 2024





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Recorded on: 7th March 2024


Brad Nadelstein   DVM, DACVO - Animal Eye Care Associates, USA
Ron Ofri   DVM, PhD, DECVO - Koret School Of Veterinary Medicine, Israel
Simon Petersen-Jones   DVM, PhD, DECVO - Michigan State University, USA


Rachel Allbaugh   DVM, MS, DACVO - Iowa State University, USA



Small animal retinal diseases are more common than many pet owners and veterinary practitioners may realize and can be devastating to an individual animal or breeding line. We are excited to have a diverse panel of internationally recognized veterinary ophthalmologists who will briefly review clinically useful examination and diagnostic techniques to facilitate canine and feline fundus evaluation. The group will then discuss various topics to include pathological changes consistent with retinal disorders, thoughts on inherited retinal disease screening tests, maximizing retinal reattachment surgery success, and novel therapeutics.

This panel discussion will be aimed at the level of an experienced general practitioner, although those with a more advanced interest in ophthalmology will also find it very useful. During the session we will present cases, show examples and welcome audience questions to address additional issues of interest and prompt healthy professional debate.

Dr. Brad Nadelstein graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After participating in a one-year rotating internship at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he returned to North Carolina State and completed his residency training in ophthalmology. After several years of practicing in Florida, Dr. Nadelstein moved to Hampton Roads and opened Animal Eye Care in 1997. For over 20 years, he has enthusiastically provided specialty ophthalmology care to the pets of Southeastern Virginia. In his effort to provide the best in ophthalmic care, he underwent post-residency training in vitreoretinal surgery and is currently one of approximately only five board certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the country performing pars plana vitrectomy and retinal reattachment surgery.

Along with practicing ophthalmology, Dr. Nadelstein has served as the primary mentor for the highly successful Animal Eye Care Associates veterinary ophthalmology residency program, training multiple successful residents over the past 15 years. Dr. Nadelstein’s professional society memberships include the ACVO and ACVO Vitreous Society, as well as the Vision for Animals Foundation, for which he served as the foundation’s president for nine years. He loves making animals see again and relieving their eye pain.

In his time away from work, Dr. Nadelstein enjoys sailing, tennis, fishing, camping, and running.

Dr. Allbaugh is originally from Iowa, USA and received her DVM degree from Iowa State University in 2004 then went on to complete a rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in North Carolina, USA. She completed a veterinary ophthalmology residency at Kansas State University in Kansas, USA and was on faculty from 2008-2011. In 2011 Dr. Allbaugh returned to Iowa and is currently an Associate Professor at Iowa State University. Dr. Allbaugh’s passion for veterinary ophthalmology began with her childhood cat's nearly blinding eye disease. Since that time, she has been devoted to the field, enjoying clinical practice, teaching, and research involving animal eyes across species.

Dr. Allbaugh not only regularly publishes articles and speaks at conferences but helps to serve the profession through active participation in numerous professional organizations. In her free time, Dr. Allbaugh loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as riding her horses, playing sports, hiking, and any other outdoor activity.

Ron Ofri was a member of the charter class of the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Upon his graduation he traveled to the University of Florida, where he spent the next 4 years undergoing clinical training in veterinary ophthalmology and obtaining his Ph.D. During this time Ron developed an interest in the physiology of vision, focusing on retinal electrophysiology and animal models of retinal diseases. Upon his graduation Ron returned to Israel and joined the faculty of his alma mater, where he is currently a Professor in Veterinary Ophthalmology and winner of numerous Teacher of the Year awards. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ron expanded his research interests to include to include clinical veterinary ophthalmology (focusing on glaucoma and retinal diseases) and retinal gene therapy. His groundbreaking work on retinal gene therapy on a herd of sheep with naturally occurring day blindness has resulted in restoration of vision in treated animals for >6 years, and has paved the way to FDA approval of Phase I/IIa clinical trials in humans patients. Ron is also a very popular international speaker, having been invited to talk in more than 40 countries and 6 continents, lecturing in continuing education seminars, national & international meetings, and world congresses for general practitioners including BSAVA, SEVC, WSAVA, WVC, WVAC and NAVC/VMX. He also lectures frequently in advanced training courses for veterinary ophthalmologists, including lectureship at the Basic Science Course of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (where he has been speaking since 2002) and numerous other forums. And during the covid pandemic he has given dozens of online lectures. Ron has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, is a contributing author to the Gelatt's classic textbook Veterinary Ophthalmology (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th editions) as well as co-author of the popular textbook Slatter's Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (4th, 5th and 6th editions, below). Ron is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ECVO), a former ECVO Executive Board member and Scientific Committee member and in 2002-2005 he served as President of the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Simon Petersen-Jones DVetMed PhD DVOphthal DipECVO Hon member ACVO MRCVS. Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology, Myers-Dunlap Chair for Canine Health.

Simon Petersen-Jones is a clinician/scientist. He completed veterinary college and then ophthalmology residency training at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London leading to board certification by the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Following a faculty position at University of Edinburgh he completed a PhD at Cambridge University studying the molecular genetics of inherited retinal degeneration in dogs. He also developed the first DNA based test for an inherited retinal disease in dogs. He has spent the last 25 years at Michigan State University with a clinical and research appointment. He is full professor of comparative ophthalmology and holds the Myers-Dunlap Endowed Chair in canine health. His research group have identified several spontaneous inherited eye diseases in dogs and cats. Some of these have been established as research colonies for study of disease phenotype with an emphasis on comparative aspects and also for the development and testing of translatable therapeutic approaches to save vision. He has worked on gene therapy in RPE65, PDE6A and CNGB1 mutant dogs in support of human clinical trials. Additional therapies are also being tested in CABP4 and GUCY2D mutant dogs and RDH5 and CRX mutant cats. These are large animal models for types of LCA, retinitis pigmentosa and cone-rod synaptic dysfunction.

He has received the following awards for his contributions to veterinary and comparative ophthalmology: The Simon Award (British Small Animal Veterinary Association); Pfizer Research Excellence Award (twice – once in the UK and once in the US); Honorary Veterinary Alumnus Award (Michigan State University), and he was selected as an honorary member of American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He is a member of the scientific board of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and is a regular reviewer for several scientific journals and an industry consultant.

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