BrAVO Winter Meeting 2022 – Linking Disciplines

We are excited to announce our upcoming Winter Meeting in the Forest of Arden (November 11 – 13). This year we will cover how ophthalmology connects to other important veterinary disciplines. Lectures over three days will cover internal medicine, neurology, dermatology, oncology and more. The social programme will include an Abba-themed Gala dinner! Further details on the full lecture programme to follow. Bookings can now be made for part or all of the conference (+/- accommodation).

BrAVO membership will be required to attend (except nurses and students).

Prices can be found here.

Ophthalmology Internships at Optivet Referrals (Hampshire, UK)

Ophthalmology Internships – 3 positions available

Optivet Referrals is currently looking for 3 ophthalmology interns, to start in October, November and December 2022. The ideal candidates are veterinary surgeons with a strong interest in ophthalmology.  The candidates ideally will have some previous experience in general practice in UK.

Optivet Referrals is one of the leading Veterinary Ophthalmology hospitals in the UK, with state-of-the-art facilities, that is rapidly expanding and accepts referral surgical and medical cases apart from ophthalmology referrals. The Anaesthesia and Analgesia team consists of a senior anaesthetist (Diplomate ACVAA and ECVAA) and another anaesthetist with the ECVAA residency completed. The rest of the team includes an ECVS diplomate Surgeon, 2 Surgeon certificate holders, an RCVS Internal Medicine specialist, 4 Ophthalmology specialists, 4 Ophthalmology certificate holders, 1 Ophthalmology resident and 6 ophthalmology interns.

The ophthalmology caseload includes a wide variety of cases, both medical and surgical (uveitis, cataracts, glaucoma, corneal ulcers and grafts, entropion, face lifts, enucleations, etc..), including some very advanced ophthalmology surgeries such as glaucoma surgery (endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation and gonio implant) and retinopexy and retinal reattachment surgery. The rest of the caseload includes orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries, medicine procedures (E.g. endoscopies, bronchoscopies, biopsies) and computed tomography cases (both inpatients and outpatients). The majority of the patients are dogs and cats (95%), and the remainder are exotics.

The responsibilities of the interns will be to support the veterinary team and the nursing team in the care of all patients. The ophthalmology intern will be expected to contribute to the care of ophthalmology in-patients, to help in consults, surgery and anaesthesia, and to provide out-of-hours service. The Ophthalmology team hold weekly Journal club meetings, which the interns are expected to attend. The whole Optivet team holds monthly grand rounds and mortality/morbidity rounds, where the interns will be expected to present at least once.

The internship will have a duration of 12 months. A competitive and attractive benefit package is offered. The interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week (distributed over 5 days) and to cover different shifts (days and nights). Holidays are 25 working days plus statutory bank holidays and your birthday. The CPD allowance is 5 days. There will be a 3-month probationary period, during which the internship may be terminated by either party with a one-week notice period.

Optivet Referrals is located in Havant, Hampshire, in the South of England, near Portsmouth, Chichester, Winchester and Southampton, with easy train access to London city centre and 1 hour 20 min by car to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The South of England enjoys more days of sun than the rest of the country, has beautiful beaches and is very close to nature reserves like the South Downs and the New Forest.

Candidates must be MRCVS and have the right to work in the UK (UK or EU citizenship, or with valid UK working VISA for the duration of the internship). If English is not their first language, candidates must have the relevant qualification of spoken and written English to obtain a VISA and as per RCVS requirements. (

For applications or for further information, interested candidates may contact Emma Phillips, our Personnel Lead, ( or Eva Rioja Garcia, our Anaesthesia and Analgesia and Clinical Lead ( Application deadline is Friday 2nd September 2022 and interviews will be held the week of the 12th September 2022. As part of the application, please include a letter of intent, your curriculum vitae, and the contact details of two referees.

We can’t wait to hear from you!”

DOCX: Optivet Referrals Optho Intern Job advert July 2022

Ophthalmology Specialist Required at North Downs Referrals (Surrey, UK)

“We are looking for an additional Specialist in Ophthalmology (European or American board-certified, or board eligible) to join the ophthalmology service at North Downs Specialist Referrals. You will be joining a team of two ECVO diplomates, supported by an experienced nursing team including two dedicated ophthalmology nurses.

NDSR is one of the leading referral centres in the UK with 33 diplomates in surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, oncology, neurology, cardiology, dermatology, dentistry, diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia.  The hospital is purpose built and has state of the art facilities including a 4 theatre sterile suite. Ophthalmology equipment includes a Zeiss Lumera-I operating microscope, Whitestar Signature Phaco machine, Endo Optiks E2 endolaser system and Ocuscience HMsERG.

We offer a generous package of remuneration and benefits in line with other Specialist-level positions including a relocation package and there are only very limited out of hours commitments. We will sponsor visa applications if required.

We are located in the beautiful Surrey Hills with easy access to both Gatwick and Heathrow airports and 20 minutes from central London by train.  For more information on the hospital please visit our website

For an informal discussion, please contact Richard Everson (

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Gerry Polton (Clinical Director) at North Downs Specialist Referrals (”

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