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

June 4-22, 2018

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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. If the registration link is still active below, then the there is still space to register. The link will become inactive when the course is full.

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.

Registration for the 2018 Basic Science course is now full. If you are an ACVO or ECVO resident who did not yet get a chance to register, please send an e-mail to

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 Check-in / Breakfast 7:30am - 8:00 am
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
NCSU Library Resources 12:00pm - 12:15pm Kris Alpi
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
Friday, June 8 Physiology-Cornea, Incl. Corneal Diagnostics
Confocal Microscopy, Specular Microscopy,
8:00am - 12:00pm Sara Thomasy
Neuro-ophthalmology 1:00pm - 5:45pm 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 Pathogenesis of Glaucoma in Animals
And Aqueous Humor Dynamics
8:00am - 12:00pm Paul Miller
Lunch provided 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pharmacology-Mydriatics, Anesthetics,
Lacrimogenics, Lacrimomimetics, Glaucoma Drugs
1:00pm - 4:00pm Ian Herring
Pharmacology- Compounded Ophthalmics
and Drug Formulation Considerations
4:15pm - 6:15pm Gigi Davidson
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

Ellison Bentley, DVM, DACVO
Clinical Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Heather Chandler, DVMPhD, FAAO
Assistant Professor, Optometry
The Ohio State University, College of Optometry
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Michael Davidson, DVM, DACVO
Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services; Professor of Ophthalmology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Gigi Davidson, BSPh, DICVP
Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Dick Dubielzig, DVM
Professor of Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine Director, Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Brian Gilger, DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVO, Dipl. ABT
Professor, Ophthalmology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Ralph Hamor,VM, MS, DACVO
Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology
Dept of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Gainesville, FL, USA
Christine Heinrich, MRCVS, DVOphthal, DECVO
Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service
Solihull, West Midlands, UK
Diane Hendrix, DVM, DACVO
Professor, Ophthalmology
University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Ian Herring, DVM, MS, DACVO
Assistant Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Blacksburg, VA, USA
Simon Petersen-Jones, DVM, PhD, DVOphthal, MRCVS, DECVO
Professor, Ophthalmology
Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Andras Komaromy, DrMedVet, PhD
Associate Professor & Chief of Service, Comparative Ophthalmology
Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Philippe Labelle, DVM, DACVP
Antech Diagnostics, Anatomic Pathology Consultant
Lake Success, New York, USA
Eric C. Ledbetter, DVM, DACVO
Associate Professor, Section of Ophthalmology, Section Chief
Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY, USA
David Maggs, BVSc, DACVO
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
Davis, California, USA
Gillian McLellan, BVMS, CertVOphthal, PhD, DVOphthal, DECVO, DACVO
Clinical Instructor, Ophthalmology
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Richard J. McMullen Jr.,Dr. Med. Vet., DACVO, ECVOCAQ Equine Ophthalmology (Germany)
Associate Professor, Focus on Equine Ophthalmology
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Auburn, Alabama, USA
Paul Miller, DVM, DACVO
Clinical Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Christopher J. Murphy, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor, Ophthalmology
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA, USA
Kate Myrna, DVM, MS, DACVO
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine
Athens, GA, USA
Carolina Naranjo Freixa, DACVP, DECVP
School of Veterinary Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Ron Ofri, DVM, PhD, DECVO
Professor, Veterinary Ophthalmology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine
Jerusalem, Israel
Amy J. Rankin, DVM, MS, DACVO
Associate Professor Ophthalmology
Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Health Center
Manhattan, KS, USA
Chris Reilly, DVM, DACVP
HS Clinical Professor,
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Davis, California, USA
Gabriela Seiler, DrMedVet, DECVDI, DACVR, Cert. Clin. Res.
Professor, Radiology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Devorah Marks Stowe, DVM
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology
NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, DACVO
Associate Researcher
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, USA
Christine Watté, DVM, DECVO
Clinical Instructor, University of Bern, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinic
Bern, Switzerland
David Wilkie, DVM, MS, DACVO
Professor, Ophthalmology
The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Karen Young, VMD, PhD
Clinical Professor, Clinical Pathology
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin, USA


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 (