16th William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary & Comparative Ophthalmology

June 21-July 8, 2022. University of California-Davis (UCD)

“Arrangements for the 2022/23 ACVO Basic Science Course (BSC) are moving ahead rapidly. It remains our hope to host the BSC in person at the University of California-Davis (UCD) from June 21-July 8, 2022. Please stay updated at our new permanent BSC website (

The University has very strict vaccine, masking, and Covid testing requirements, and has been safely holding in-person classes within the Vet School for about 1 year now. For more information, see the UCD Covid Dashboard. We will have strict compliance requirements in place for the BSC, while remaining ready to pivot to an online format if required.

New alternating annual BSC format. It is clear that the two online courses in 2020 and 2021 were remarkably popular with certain registrants, and it was heart-warming to see how it permitted inclusiveness that is not always possible with the in-person course. But there is also enthusiasm from many speakers, mentors, and attendees who wish to maintain access to the labs and the lifelong camaraderie possible through attendance at the traditional in-person course. Therefore, in 2022 (pandemic regulations permitting) the BSC will be in-person at the University of California-Davis using the traditional 3-week residential format. All lectures will be recorded at the in-person course and used (along with live discussion sessions) for an online course in 2023 which will be hosted using the 2020-21 model. The success of this alternating format will be closely monitored before a long-term decision is made to make this change permanent.

We expect that the two course formats will appeal to different groups. The online course will continue to offer 8-week at-will access to recorded lectures and live discussions, as well as virtual social events. The in-person course will be a more intense 3-week residential experience with opportunities for live interactions with the speakers, and attendance at the retinoscopy and cytology labs, as well as in-person social events. In addition, the annual format will permit residents and mentors more flexibility when choosing which year of their training program this basic science education is best received, and which format best suits the attendee’s learning style. Especially appealing, the ACVO will offer discounted registration for those wishing to attend both formats in successive years. This arrangement will permit – for example – a resident to attend the in-person course during the 2nd year of their residency (so as to attend the retinoscopy and cytology labs, and enjoy the international camaraderie the BSC has long been known for), and then to register at a discounted rate for the online course during their 3rd year so as “brush up for boards” using 8 weeks of ad-lib online access to the recorded materials, image recognition sessions (“slide rounds”), and discussion sessions with the speakers.

Please refer to the BSC Website for current details. Registration for the 2022 course will likely open in January Kind regards

David Maggs and Sara Thomasy
Chairs, Basic Science Planning Committee”

International announcement website and BSC-2022 and 2023 (1)

53rd Annual ACVO IN-PERSON conference 2022

October 26-29, 2022. Palm Springs, CA.

“We are excited to announce the 2022 ACVO Conference will be hosted IN-PERSON at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells (Palm Springs!), CA. on October 26-29, 2022. The 53rd annual scientific conference will feature new additions with the expansion of the In-Depth Speaker Series, a new Thursday evening Happy Hour, an updated conference schedule to allow more member-to-member interaction time; with the addition of a Saturday morning sit down breakfast and a full Saturday buffet lunch now included in the conference registration.

Along with the new additions, the conference will continue to offer the Welcome Reception hosted in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday evening, the ACVO/ABVO Business Meetings, and Residents’ Workshop will move to Saturday morning right before the Keynote Speaker, and the optional Masters’ course will again be hosted on Sunday morning. Breaks will be expanded on Thursday & Friday to add additional attendee time in the Exhibit Hall.

Be sure to keep checking the conference website as more details are updated.

Conference registration for members will open on April 1st.”

Annual Scientific Meeting of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 2022

June 2 – 5, 2022 Salzburg, Austria

“Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the ECVO, we are excited to welcome you to our first hybrid meeting in the pretty city of Salzburg, where we can meet in person and online in June for the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting at the Salzburg Congress.

Salzburg is situated in Austria, near the German border with views of the Eastern Alps. The river Salzach runs through it and divides it into the Altstadt (Old City) on the left side and the Neustadt (New City) on the right side. The Altstadt is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site with its medieval and baroque buildings. It is well known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for its world-class Salzburg Festival, a series of opera, concerts, and theatre performances, and as the place where the movie “The Sound of Music” was filmed.

Our Scientific Committee, led by its Chair, Richard McMullen, has created a 4-day meeting on ocular neoplasia.

It begins on Thursday with the Continuing Education Program on ocular neoplasia. The topics range from diagnostics to chemotherapy and histopathology to surgery. They will be presented and discussed by a group of seven speakers, all experts in their respective fields related to ocular neoplasia.

On Friday and Saturday, the Scientific meeting continues with presentations on the podium and in poster format. Saturday’s State-of-the-Art Lecture will be given Prof. Sarah Coupland, a world-renowned pathologist and first female “George Holt Chair of Pathology” at the University of Liverpool.

The final day of the conference is the Masterclass on Sunday. Lectures will be given in the morning and an exciting wetlab on histopathology and orbito-facial reconstruction will be held in the afternoon.

The interactive Hereditary Eye Diseases (HED) session will be conducted once again with advanced response technology (Kahoot). Hear what is new on the topic of HED and test your diagnostic skills.

We are very thankful to our three local organizers, Hannes Meissel, Petra Benz and Barbara Nell, for their help and the distinctive Austrian touch they have added to the meeting.

Welcome, enjoy the meeting, and all that Salzburg has to offer!”

Full details:

Professional Internship in Veterinary Ophthalmology Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

UE03 £18,529 – £20,092

Fixed Term 12 months starting from 1st March 2022

Full Time 35 hours per week

Number of posts : 1

Closing date: 11th February 2022 17:00 GMT

We are looking for candidates with an enthusiasm for ophthalmology, strong work ethic, and the ability to work as part of a dedicated team in a busy service. Clinical experience, a rotating internship, and previous ophthalmology experience are all preferable but not required. Applicants must be a member of RCVS and fluent in English written and spoken.

The Opportunity:

A new position has become available for a 12 month training opportunity in Veterinary Ophthalmology. The successful candidate will support the ophthalmology department of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, and will have primary case responsibilities.

Our team includes 2 European Boarded Veterinary Ophthalmologists, 3 residents and a dedicated nursing and technical team. The successful candidate will contribute to the out of hours rota (working closely with a senior colleague) and will be expected to undertake a research project and manuscript preparation, to help them work towards obtaining a position on a residency training program.

More information on the team and the hospital can be found on:

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Fluent in English written and spoken
  • Enthusiasm for ophthalmology
  • Member of RCVS

Click here for a copy of the full job description

Informal enquiries should be directed to Ben Blacklock (Head of Ophthalmology), email:

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.  Further information is available on our right to work webpages.