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Ophthalmology Distance Education

Ophthalmology Distance Education

Develop your ability and confidence to investigate, diagnose and manage your ocular cases, every single time.

For both small animal and equine practitioners, this course will teach you the fundamentals of a thorough ocular exam, from the front to the back of the eye. You will review and update your knowledge of key emergency and other ocular conditions you are likely to encounter in practice and build confidence in the provision of appropriate medical and surgical treatment options for your patients.

With a focus on case-based learning, this course will present the latest information as well as videos and images of ophthalmic conditions and procedures. Test your new-found skills with a two-day practical workshop at Dr Stanley’s practice, where you will also have the opportunity to practise surgical techniques.

Hear more from your tutor Robin Stanley: 

Past Participant:

I already had a strong interest in Ophthalmology before starting the course but found it very useful in updating current knowledge and improving my confidence. The approach was systematic and logical. Well worth doing!
Jos van Hees, Auckland NZ

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Improve your diagnostic skills via case-based learning
  • Gain a greater understanding of the medications used to treat eye problems
  • Gain greater confidence in handling ophthalmology cases
  • Learn optimal medical and surgical management methods for a variety of presenting problems.


  1. Method of eye examination, breed predisposition
    In this module we cover the basics e.g., anatomy and physiology, BUT in a way that you can apply in clinical practice. This background knowledge will assist you to understand why the eye reacts in the way it does. We also cover breed predisposition, which should be the first consideration of any eye case that you are seeing. This module will also cover the eye exam in detail, and what equipment you should have and when to use it.
  2. Applied ocular pharmacology, ocular emergencies, differential diagnoses
    In this module we start by covering ocular pharmacology, what drugs you should be using and when you should be using them. We also cover ocular emergencies – how to manage globe prolapse, corneal foreign bodies etc. We end this module with Differential Diagnoses.
  3. Ocular surgery
    Detailed notes, photos and, in most cases, videos of the common ocular surgeries are presented. These techniques are covered again in the workshop.
  4. Vision loss & ocular discharge
    What are the common causes of vision loss in young dogs, older dogs? What is the most common cause of vision loss in older cats? Module 5 also covers ocular discharge. How do you manage punctual atresia in dogs?
  5. The red eye: part I – conjunctivitis
    You will be much better at managing conjunctivitis cases in dogs, with its many causes, after completing this module.
  6. The red eye: part II – uveitis
    Inflammation of the eye is a serious condition. It needs to be recognised promptly and treated aggressively. Uveitis can have a number of sequelae–you will learn how to recognise these to minimise their occurrence.
  7. The cornea
    By the end of this comprehensive module you will be much more comfortable managing corneal ulcers, keratitis and other less common corneal diseases.
  8. The eyelids
    Topics in this module include entropion, ectropion, extra eyelashes, ectopic cilia and blepharitis.
  9. Blue eye – includes glaucoma, lens luxation and lipid aqueous
    Glaucoma is the primary topic in this module. You will learn why it is important to treat the remaining eye whenever you diagnose glaucoma in a purebred dog. Lens luxation and cataracts are also covered.

This distance education course includes an optional 2-day practical workshop in Melbourne VIC. Dates to be confirmed.

What is Distance Education?

Premium, intensive online veterinary CPD

All CVE Distance Education (DE) programs are mentored by leading veterinary experts who will provide individual feedback and advice on completion of each monthly module. Each module may include written content, technique videos, self-reflections, quizzes and online submission of monthly assignments.

Maximise the opportunity to expand and consolidate your learning by participating in the tutor moderated group discussion forum and attending the optional 2-day practical workshop to apply the knowledge you have gained. You will get hands-on experience with eye examinations and surgeries and work through case studies and problem areas as a group.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians.

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a AU$1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.
Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional AU$250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

Registrant Type Super Early Bird  Early Bird  Full Rate
Member $6759 $6947 $7135 
Non-Member / eMember $7510 $7510 $7510

*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time Professional, Recent Graduate, and Academic members.

Loyalty DE Discount: Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses. Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms. To redeem your discount contact the CVE via email or phone +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm).

Distance Education
Monday, 01 February 2021 to
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
334 CPD Point/s

Super Early Bird
31 Jul 2020
Early Bird
31 Oct 2020

Delivered Online

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Dr Marnie Ford
Marnie Ford
Dr Robin G. Stanley
Robin Stanley
BVSc (Hons) FACVSc (Ophthalmology)
Dr Marnie Ford
Marnie Ford
Marnie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2000 after completing a Bachelors in Zoology at the University of British Columbia and a PhD in Physiology at Monash Univers...
Dr Robin G. Stanley
Robin Stanley
BVSc (Hons) FACVSc (Ophthalmology)
Robin Stanley graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1984. He undertook an ophthalmology residency from 1987 to 1989, obtaining Membership of the Australian College of Veter...


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