The Eyes Have It! - Ophthalmology Conference | Centre for Veterinary Education

The Eyes Have It! - Ophthalmology Conference

More than just a window to the soul.

Robin Stanley has convened an illuminating ophthalmology conference comprising ophthalmologists and internists. Robin will be joined by David Maggs, Lynelle Johnson, Leah Bradbury, Heather Kaese and Simon Hurn.

Hear more about the conference from Robin Stanley:

Robin and David are known to just about every vet in Australia. Robin is a veterinary specialist who runs a dedicated ophthalmology only practice in Melbourne and David is an ex-pat Aussie who teaches and practices at UC Davis with a main research focus on feline herpetic disease management.

Lynelle, also from Davis, is the foremost expert in disease conditions of the respiratory tract and will focus on infectious and systemic diseases which impact on the eye. Heather will be new to many. She is a double-boarded specialist from Eye Care for Animals in the USA (the largest ophthalmic referral group in the world), who has recently joined Robin in Melbourne. Heather started out as an internist and subsequently trained in ophthalmology. Heather will bring special expertise in the management of the whole patient, not just their eyes! Leah Bradbury, also now based in Melbourne, joins the line-up to share her expertise in anaesthesia and pain assessment.

On the last day of the conference, there will be an additional equine stream, led by Simon Hurn, well known for his knowledgeable and practical approach to treating equine eye problems in general practice.

Such an amazing line up of veterinary specialists will produce a week of learning, with mixed presenting styles to ensure that the audience remains focused and engaged. Many sessions will have an interactive format with the focus on the best treatment options. The combination of hard core ophthalmology with internal medicine and infectious diseases will provide a balance between the eyes and the rest of the body.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to register for this conference. Please be aware that the conference is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Accommodation - There is a lot of great accommodation available in Melbourne. Click here for a few options with discounted rates that have been secured for this event.

This acccomodation is managed entirely by Conference National. Please contact them directly thorugh the booking portal with any questions.


Monday 18 - Thursday 21 June 2018
9.00 - 17.00
Early Bird
6 May 2018
Crown Promenade Melbourne
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC


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 Veterinary Scientists (ACVSc) in small animal surgery, and in 1990 obtained his Fellowship of the ACVSc in ophthalmology. Robin is registered as a veterinary eye specialist and isonn the Board of Examiner’s of the ANZCVS. He and two other veterinarians run a dedicated ophthalmology-only practice in Melbourne. His clinical interests are in ophthalmic surgery, particularly small incisional cataract, hypertensive retinopathy and glaucoma. He is visiting senior lecturer to the Veterinary School of the University of Melbourne where he conducts ophthalmology clinics. Robin has authored and co-authored 18 peer reviewed publications, co-authored Common Eye Diseases – A Problem Oriented Text for Veterinarians and contributed to textbooks such as Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology, Small Animal Ophthalmology, A Problem Oriented Approach and Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology. Robin was the winner of the prestigious Tom Hungerford Award in 2010 and is the author and tutor of the long running and popular CVE DE course in Ophthalmology.

BVSc (Hons) Dipl. ACVO

David Maggs graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1988, and spent 5 years in mixed practice in Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri. He joined the faculty at the University of California-Davis in 2000. He is an author of Slatter’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (now in its 5th edition), an editorial board member for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, a founding board member of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology, and the 2012 WVC Small Animal Continuing Educator of the year. David’s major interests are infectious ocular disease and ocular surface disease.

DVM MS PhD Dipl. ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Lynelle received her veterinary degree from Ohio State University, was in private practice in New York, and then completed a Masters Degree and residency program at the University of Illinois. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and received her PhD in Physiology from the University of Missouri. Lynelle is the respiratory section editor for the 5 Minute Veterinary Consult and Current Veterinary Therapy XV and XVI, and she wrote a textbook entitled Clinical Canine and Feline Respiratory Medicine. Lynelle is a member of the Veterinary and Comparative Respiratory Society with research interests in clinical respiratory diseases of dogs and cats and cardiopulmonary interactions. Lynelle is a Professor in the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. She teaches respiratory and clinical medicine to veterinary students and provides instruction on respiratory endoscopy, medicine and physiology to internal medicine residents.


Leah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 1999. Following graduation, she worked in a number of veterinary practices in Australia and the UK before commencing a residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2003.  During this residency Leah was awarded a Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. In 2008 she became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia by examination. She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Following completion of her residency she returned to Australia to work at the University of Melbourne where she led the anaesthesia team for 5 years. Leah then relocated to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga where she was involved in clinical work, teaching and research into animal welfare. Leah remains an adjunct senior lecturer for Charles Sturt University and is also actively involved in a number of education programs for both veterinarians and nurses. In 2015 Leah founded Veterinary Anaesthesia Specialists, a Melbourne based consultancy and education service, offering on-site anaesthetic services, phone consultation and education and training designed to suit your practice. Leah is passionate about all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and has a particular interest in perioperative pain relief and pain assessment.


Heather Kaese graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a rotating internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Canada. Heather completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine and achieved a Master’s degree in Comparative Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota. In 2003 Heather joined Eye Care for Animals in Chicago and completed a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She recently joined Robin Stnaley at a dedicated ophthalmology clinic in Melbourne. Her research and practice interests include equine recurrent uveitis and companion animal corneal disease. Heather and her husband enjoy travel and hiking with their Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

BVSc MVS MANZCVS (SA Surgery) FANZCVS (Vet. Ophthal.)

Simon graduated from the University of Queensland in 1998. Simon initially worked in a mixed racetrack and stud practice in Melbourne before undertaking Internships in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital. In 2002, Simon achieved Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery. Simon then graduated with a Masters of Veterinary Studies from the University of Melbourne in 2003. He started a residency program in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2002, achieved Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2006 and is a registered Veterinary Specialist in Ophthalmology. He has presented scientific papers overseas and published peer reviewed scientific papers in Australian and international Veterinary Journals. Simon is an Honorary Fellow and Lecturer of Veterinary Ophthalmology at The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Veterinary Science and a Director at All Animal Eye Services.

Course Fees

*Member includes: Practice, Professional and Academic members

The conference nurse rate is the same as the Recent Grad/ Part-time Member rate in the table above. Nurse registrations can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or email


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