Skip to main content

The 13th Biennial William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology

June 4-22, 2018

eye graphic

Mission Statement of the ACVO William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology:
“To provide residents, Diplomates, and vision scientists with a high quality, intensive instruction in the basic sciences as a foundation for the study and practice of veterinary and comparative ophthalmology.”

The course will include instruction in core basic sciences of anatomy, embryology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and pathology. In addition, the course will cover certain clinical and research topics less frequently encountered in a residency program including neuro-ophthalmology, retinoscopy, advanced imaging, electrodiagnostics, principles of microsurgery and phacodynamics, and laboratory animal ophthalmology. The instruction and content of the course will be directed to the principle audience of ACVO and ECVO residents.

The ACVO Basic Science Course takes place every two years and is not a degree, certificate, or diploma granting agency. Likewise, it is not a stand-alone credential that should suggest to the public that an attendee is more highly trained in veterinary ophthalmology than someone who has not attended the course. The course is not intended to introduce or train veterinarians in clinical skills of veterinary ophthalmology, and is in no way equivalent to residency training, rather it is supplemental to it.

  1. Further the understanding of basic scientific principles, pathophysiology of diseases, and principles and applications of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in veterinary and comparative ophthalmology
  2. Enhance patient care in the practice of veterinary ophthalmology
  3. Improve the ability to obtain funding, perform research and advance the science of comparative ophthalmology
  4. Build relationships and promote collegiality among comparative ophthalmologists and other vision scientists
  5. Encourage life-long learning in comparative ophthalmology

Enrollment in this course is open to individuals in approved ACVO and ECVO residency programs as well as graduate students in veterinary ophthalmology in the US, International university faculty who are teaching veterinary ophthalmology, international trainees in veterinary ophthalmology, and individuals with an interest in veterinary ophthalmology.

Questions regarding the course may be directed to Danielle King at For information on course content, contact Dr. Michael Davidson,


Tuition for the course is $1,200 for individuals currently in ACVO-approved resident programs, $1,200 for individuals currently in ECVO-approved programs, and $2,400 for all other participants. Application deadline is February 28, 2018. Course registration will be limited to 80 individuals, with priority given to ACVO and ECVO residents registered by February 28.

Registration fee will include all lectures and labs for ACVO, ECVO residents, and non-residents.

Cancellations and requests for refunds made prior to May 31, 2018, will be accepted with a $100 processing fee. Cancellations after May 31st will be processed with a $250 processing fee.

Click Here for Secure Online Registration

Location & Lodging

This course will be held at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at 1060 William Moore Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. A block of rooms is being held at the Wolf Village apartments on the NC State main campus in Raleigh. All apartments contain 4 individual bedrooms each with a double bed, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen with microwave, stove & refrigerator. Each individual is responsible for reserving and paying for their own room. Rooms will be assigned by gender. Transportation will be provided to and from the apartments before and at the conclusion of each day’s session.

The package rate is $45.00 per person, per night. The rate includes the following:

  • Single bedroom within a shared apartment at Wolf Village
  • Deluxe linen package (2 flat sheets, 1 towel, 1 washcloth, blanket, pillow with pillowcase, soap, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Wired Internet IDs (1 per participant)
  • Ethernet cord (1 per participant). Cord to be returned to Conference Services upon checkout.
  • Basic kitchen amenities (1 per apartment). To be left in apartment upon checkout.
  • A welcome basket that includes the following:
    • Small bottle of detergent
    • Campus map, dining schedule and summer bus schedule
    • City of Raleigh and NC State guides
    • NC State souvenir cup and plastic utensils

Reserve Housing here

You may, of course, choose to make your own arrangements if you wish. Bus service to the CVM will only be available from the Wolf Village apartments.

ADA Statement

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate, please contact Dane Johnston to discuss your needs at least 30 days prior to the event.

Subject to Change

Date Topic Hours Speaker(s)
Monday, June 4 Welcome and Orientation 8:00am - 8:45am Mike Davidson
Ocular Anatomy
(Emphasis on gross and comparative)
9:00am - 1:00pm Chris Murphy
Lunch provided* 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Neuroanatomy 1:45pm - 3:45pm Ralph Hamor
Normal Histology of the Mammalian Eye 4:00pm - 6:00pm Dick Dubielzig
Tuesday, June 5 Ocular Pathology (for BSC attendees and Ocular Pathology Review Course Attendees) 8:30am - 5:30pm Philippe LaBelle, Carol Naranjo Chris Reilly, Dick Dubielzig
Wednesday, June 6 Ocular Pathology (for BSC attendees and Ocular Pathology Review Course Attendees) 8:30am - 5:30pm Philippe LaBelle, Carol Naranjo Chris Reilly, Dick Dubielzig
Thursday, June 7 Genetics and Patterns of Inheritance 8:00am - 12:00pm Simon Peterson Jones
Embryology 1:00pm - 4:00pm Sara Thomasy
NCSU Library Resources 4:00pm - 4:30pm Kris Alpi
Friday, June 8 Physiology-Cornea, Incl. Corneal Diagnostics
Confocal Microscopy, Specular Microscopy,
8:00am - 12:00pm Sara Thomasy
Neuro-ophthalmology 1:00pm - 5:00pm Mike Davidson
Welcome Dinner in Cafeteria* 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Monday, June 11 Physiology-Retina 8:00am - 12:00pm Andras Komaromy
Electrodiagnostics 1:00pm - 5:00pm Ron Ofri
Tuesday, June 12 Physiology – Optics 8:00am - 12:00pm Ron Ofri
Physiology of the Adnexa/Tear Film 1:00pm - 5:00pm Kate Myrna
Wednesday, June 13 Microbiology-Viruses/Antiviral therapy 8:00am - 12:00pm David Maggs, Eric Ledbetter
Physiology Lens/Cataractogenesis 1:00pm - 5:00 pm Heather Chandler
Thursday, June 14 Microbiology-Protozoa/Rickettsia
Brucella, Bartonella sp., Borrelliosis
Other bacteria/fungi
8:00am - 1:00pm Diane Hendrix
Immunosuppressants, Antimicrobial Drugs
2:00pm - 5:00pm Amy Rankin
Friday, June 15 Pharmacology- Compounded Ophthalmics
and Drug Formulation Considerations
8:00am - 10:00am Gigi Davidson
Pharmacology-Mydriatics, Anesthetics,
Lacriomogenics/mimetics, Glaucoma Drugs
10:15am - 1:15pm Ian Herring
Lunch provided* 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Pathogenesis of Glaucoma in Animals
And Aqueous Humor Dynamics
2:00pm - 6:00pm Paul Miller
Monday, June 18 Ocular Ultrasound, UBM 8:00am - 10:00am Ellison Bentley
Imaging techniques
(U/S, MR, CT of the orbit)
10:00am - 12:00pm Gabi Seiler
NCSU Radiologist
Retinoscopy 1:00pm - 3:00pm Mike Davidson
Diagnostic Cytology 3:00pm - 5:00pm Karen Young
Tuesday, June 19 Retinoscopy/Cytology Laboratories (repeated 3x) 8:00am - 5:00 pm K. Young, Devorah Stowe, M. Davidson, R. McMullen
Wednesday, June 20 Immunology and ACAID 8:00am - 1:00pm Christine Watté
Pathogenic Mechanisms of Uveitis:
Immunomodulation / Immunotherapy
/Ocular Drug Delivery
2:00pm - 6:00pm Brian Gilger
Thursday, June 21 Examination of the Lab Animal
and common Ocular Lesions
8:00am - 11:00am Dave Wilkie
Principles of Microsurgery Incl. phacodynamics 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm Dave Wilkie
Friday, June 22 Biomicroscopy,Gonioscopy,Ophthalmoscopy, Tonometry, Retinal Imaging 8:00am - 5:00pm Gill McLellan and Christine Heinrich

Coming Soon


June 5-6, 2018

Ten places are being reserved in the Pathology section of the 13th Biennial Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology for ACVP/ECVP residents, diplomates, and other formal pathology trainees. The Basic Science Course is a 3-week long course is offered to ophthalmology residents every two years. The Pathology section is given as a 2 day segment of the course and offers broad exposure to ophthalmic pathology through didactics and group discussions. Those who register for the OPRC will be allowed to attend the first day of the BSC on June 4th at no additional charge, which includes topics on Ocular Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Normal Histology. The course is not intended as a hands-on slide review, but rather provides a review of diseases and processes affecting ocular structures emphasizing nomenclature, key diagnostic features, and diagnostic challenges.

Course Instructors:
Dick Dubielzig, DVM, DACVP, DACVO
Comparative Ocular pathology Laboratory of Wisonsin
University of Wisconsin

Phil Labelle, DVM, DACVP
Antech Diagnostics

Carol Naranjo Freixa, DACVP,DECVP, PhD
IDEXX Laboratories

Chris Reilly, DVM, DACVP, MAS
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis

Registration Cost (3 Days – 1st day free): $300

Continuing Education:
The 2-day Ocular Pathology Review Course will provide 16 hours of continuing education credits.

Click Here to Register for the Ocular Pathology Review Course Only 

For questions regarding contents of the pathology course, please contact Dr. Phil Labelle (