Ophthalmology Distance Education | Centre for Veterinary Education

Ophthalmology Distance Education


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

Learn the fundamentals of a thorough ocular exam from the front to the back of the eye. Case-based learning will increase your confidence in handling ophthalmology in general, equine or small animal practice.

The course will present the latest evidence-based information as well as numerous 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.

What your tutor has to say about the CVE's Ophthalmology DE course:

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

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • 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 & 5. 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?

6.  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.

7.  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.

8.  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.

9.  The Eyelids

Topics in this module include entropion, ectropion, extra eyelashes, ectopic cilia and blepharitis.

10. 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.

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of detailed written notes, images, videos and journal articles

  • Self-assessed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutor

  • A monthly assignment based on case studies. Individual feedback and explanations will be provided by your tutor

  • A 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

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 $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 $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

Distance Education

Saturday 1 February - Monday 30 November 2020
2-Day Workshop: Melbourne, 29-30 MAY 2020
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June, 2019
Early Bird
31 October, 2019


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.

Robin in Based in Melbourne at Animal Eye Care, in an ophthalmology only practice with 4 other veterinarians. His clinical interests are in ophthalmic surgery, particularly small incisional cataract, hypertensive retinopathy and glaucoma. For 22 years he lectured to Veterinary Students at the Veterinary School of the University of Melbourne.

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. Robin also runs the time online CVEcourse in Veterinary Ophthalmic surgery.


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 University in Australia. Following a rotating small animal internship at the University of Minnesota in 2001, Dr. Ford achieved diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2006 following an ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Her research interests focused on retinal function and toxicological retinal degeneration. Following her residency, Dr. Ford moved back to Vancouver and opened an ophthalmology specialty practice. In 2013 she left the brick and mortar practice to provide mobile medical and surgical ophthalmologic care to patients in the lower mainland of BC, Vancouver Island, and the Interior of BC. Dr. Ford is excited to return to Melbourne to not only continue ophthalmology practice, but also to pursue teaching, and to continue with her hobbies that include riding horses, volunteering, and making lace.

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$7010$7310$7510
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student 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 & Conditions. To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.


Note: Enrol in a Distance Education course and pay in full before 31 October 2019 to save up to $250 and go in the draw to win a $1,000 CVE voucher. Winner announced 8 November 2019.