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LAMS211-1110: Focus on Equine Ophthalmology

Dennis Brooks, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVO
Kathy Barrie, DVM, Dipl. ACVO
COURSE OPEN: October 27 - December 1, 2010
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2010; 8:00pm-10:00pm ET (USA)

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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have a basic knowledge of ophthalmic terminology and anatomy and physiology of the horse eye. This course is open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval.

Course Description:
This is a highly interactive course. This course consists of four (4) 2 hour Real Time Sessions; each week you will be presented with a power point-styled lecture --- slides with accompanying audio (and text transcription) -- made available in the course library for review at any time. Weekly real time sessions with the instructors will include cases and group exercises to reinforce the material presented, with time for questions and discussion. (Note: attendance at the real time sessions is optional, but viewing the material and participating in the exercises before the course ends is mandatory for CE credit).

The following will be covered in both the pre-recorded lectures and real time sessions:
Defining and understanding basic ophthalmic terminology, anatomy and physiology of the horse eye; Understanding how to perform basic ophthalmic examinations and diagnostic techniques in the horse; Understanding basic ophthalmic clinical pharmacology; Diagnosing and treating common ophthalmic emergencies; Diagnosing and properly treating common ophthalmic disorders of horses - including, but not limited to:

  1. Ulcerative Keratitis
  2. Anterior Uveitis
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Adnexal disease
  5. Ocular neoplasia
  6. Recognize normal appearance and diseases of retina and optic nerve
To get the most from the real-time sessions, be sure to view the pre- recorded lecture in the library PRIOR TO the real time session. The instructor will be using audio and slides in the real time sessions. Throughout the course, in-depth discussion and questions will be addressed on the course message boards. For those taking the course for CE credit, attendance in the real time sessions is encouraged, however participation credit can be achieved through reading and posting to the message boards.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructor: VIN Consultant and ACVO boarded ophthalmologists Dennis Brooks received his veterinary degree from University of Illinois and his PhD from University of Florida. Dr. Brooks also did a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Florida. He is currently a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Florida, and a consultant for Peterson Smith Equine Hospital and Hayard Equine Medical Institute.

Fellow ACVO boarded ophthalmologist Kathleen Barrie received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and her master's degree from University of Florida. She is currently a clinical professor at the University of Florida.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session November 3): Eye Examination
Required reading: None

Week 2: (Real Time Session November 10): Corneal Ulcers
Required reading: None Week 3: (Real Time Session November 17): Glaucoma and uveitis
Required reading: None Week 4: (Real Time Session November 24): Surgery and emergencies
Required reading: None CE CREDITS: 8

Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by October 20, 2010).
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by October 20, 2010).
** NOTE: To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

**For more on how online CE works see the Participant's Resource Center:

Note: "This program was approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (This policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For More Information on VIN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

VIN CE Services:
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