Equine Retina & Vitreous


Contact Hours

3 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Thu, 01 January, 1970

Registration Deadline

Thu, 01 January, 1970





Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitology & Oncology


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Veterinary Partners


Recorded on: 16th November 2021


Rachel Allbaugh  DACVO - Iowa State University, USA
Richard McMullen  Dr.med.vet, DACVO, DECVO - Auburn University, USA
Brian Patterson  BVM&S, Cert VOphthal, MRCVS - Consultant, UK


Dennis Brooks  DVM, PhD, DACVO - Brooks Eyes, USA




Abnormalities of the equine vitreous and retina are very common diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic challenges for the equine practitioner and veterinary ophthalmologist. The international panel, consisting of some of the world’s most experienced equine ophthalmologists, will first briefly review the clinical anatomy and physiology of the horse vitreous and retina, followed by a discussion of the practical challenges arising to the diagnosis and clinical management of vitreal and retinal disease in the horse. A discussion of individual cases submitted by participating and attending ophthalmologists/veterinarians is planned.


Brians undergraduate training took place at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies. Following a short period in general practice Brian undertook a two year internship at Liphook Equine Hospital followed by two years as an ambulatory equine clinician at the Arundel Equine Hospital. Brian returned to Glasgow University to undertake a three year residency in equine medicine and surgery with particular reference to ophthalmology. During this period Brian attained the RCVS certificate in ophthalmology. Brian is one of only a handful of clinicians in the UK who practices as a full time veterinary ophthalmologist.

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Brian graduated from Edinburgh University in 1996. After completing a two year hospital internship at the Liphook equine hospital, he took up a 3 year residency at the Weipers Centre, University of Glasgow, and whilst there was awarded the RCVS certificate in ophthalmology in 2002.

For the last eight years he has worked as a veterinary ophthalmologist in the south west of England.

As a full time veterinary ophthalmologist, Brian has been involved in teaching ophthalmology at the University of Bristol (2010-2012) and has lectured both nationally and internationally.

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.

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.

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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