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OPHTHALMOLOGY ESSENTIALS

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June 25th - July 23rd 2024

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7:30pm Monday nights, AEST

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CPD value: 10 POINTS

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Many GP vets admit to struggling with ophthalmology. Eye cases can be challenging, especially in routine general practice with limited time and resources. One day you know exactly what you are looking at, the next day you’re not so sure…

If you get all squinty-eyed every time an ophthalmology case lands in your lap, this course offers relief. It’s designed to help you develop your diagnostic skills, get essential practical tips and gain confidence in managing eye patients in everyday practice. For those vets who already have confidence with eye cases, it will provide an opportunity to refine your treatments through updates in the latest strategies.

This online course contains a pre-recorded bonus module update on glaucoma and 5 live modules over 5 weeks, with 6 months of access to recordings.

Access opens Tuesday June 11th, and expires Tuesday December 25th, 2024.

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A few words from your presenter, Dr Johana Premont

Ophthalmology in clinical practice

Eyes are beautiful things. Got a blue light, a three-month old syringe of fluorescein in the treatment room fridge and cotton tip? You’re all set!

Not so fast.

There are some absolute fundaments of veterinary ophthalmology, sure. Stains and cotton tips for the win! The issue is that much of what we learned about managing eye cases becomes formulaic: stain the eye, see an ulcer, dispense your drops of choice and hope it’s better at recheck.

The truth is that veterinary ophthalmology has evolved significantly in the last decade. Some older techniques have moved out of favour, and the one-size-fits-all Tricin BID trick is out. You can heal patients faster, with easier treatments and much happier clients if you’re open to taking an individual patient approach.

Another way to look at eyes

Every step of treating an eye case depends on your ophthalmic examination. There’s no way around that.

This course is here to help you – once and for all – get your head around eye cases. For those who like the challenge, refine your management of ocular cases with the insight, finesse, and tips you’ve accumulated simply by being part of this course.

It’s an online course with hundreds of images, lots of practical tips and a focus on healing the patients. If you just want someone to finally tell you what you need to know, this is the course for you.

  • OPEN DISCUSSION TIME EACH WEEK

  • PROFESSIONAL & SUPPORTIVE FORUM

  • DOWNLOADABLE NOTES

  • JOIN LIVE & ONLINE

  • ALL SESSIONS RECORDED

  • OPTION TO LOG IN & WATCH LATER

Ophthalmology for GP vets

Everyday ophthalmology, for the eyes you see every day
  • Start with the obvious
  • Ophthalmic examinations are achievable (just follow the steps)
  • Tips for viewing the fundus (& what to do with what you see)
  • Which drugs you shouldn’t use & when
  • Which drugs are safer choices
Eyes are important
  • How to spot the real-deal ocular emergency
  • What to do when case doesn’t improve as expected
  • Know when a case is going to drag on
  • Which way to go: medical versus surgical management
  • How to talk to owners about eyes

Course schedule

BONUS MODULE – The Eye Under Pressure: Understanding Glaucoma

This introductory presentation focuses on the underlying mechanisms for increases in intraocular pressure in glaucoma, and makes them easy to understand. We’ll consider the different types of glaucoma in detail, why glaucoma occurs, and which breeds are predisposed to primary glaucoma. This session sets the stage for medical and surgical management of glaucoma, which will be cover in more depth in Module 5.

Module 1 – Making Your Eye Exam Count

If you want to fix it, you’ve got to start by getting the diagnosis right. Only then can you treat ocular disease. Happily, the eye unashamedly lends itself to visual assessment, and is a beautiful window into the body. This session shows – in a very visual format – how your ophthalmic examination and diagnostic techniques can lead to diagnosis and treatment, as well as giving you invaluable information on systemic disease.

  • Reminders about ocular anatomy & the wide range of normal variation
  • The must-have basic examination tools for the ophthalmology toolkit
  • Pursuing a diagnosis through easy examination steps
  • Getting the most accurate & consistent tonometry results
  • How changes in colour, texture and eye shape relate to disease

Module 2 – Blepharitis, Unwanted Eyelashes and Surgical Solutions for Abnormal Eyelids

This module considers the medical and surgical management of eyelid disorders. These include blepharitis, abnormal eyelashes, entropion and ectropion, macroblepharon and eyelid tumours in small animals. With experience comes a full toolkit of procedures available to you, and avenues to treat eyelid issues all the way from a Pug to a Great Dane. This module is about sharing all these strategies with you.

  • Medical management of blepharitis
  • Preoperative considerations for eyelid surgery
  • Essential surgical materials
  • How to treat distichiasis, ectopic cilia, trichiasis
  • How to assess a patient presenting with entropion, ectropion, or oversized eyelid fissures
  • Selecting the right surgical techniques for each problem
  • Surgical principles of blepharoplasties

Module 3 – Updates on Corneal Ulcers in Dogs and Cats

Medical and surgical treatment of corneal ulcers is evolving. Therapeutic options differ not only between canine and felines patients, but between the various types of corneal ulcers they experience.

  • Diagnosing superficial, non-healing & stromal corneal ulcers
  • How to select the right antibiotic
  • Drugs to reduce corneal melting
  • When corneal debridement & grid keratotomies are required & how to perform them
  • What’s in & what’s out for corneal treatment
  • Surgical options for deep corneal ulceration
  • The cat cornea: a cat is not a small dog!
  • Feline herepsvirus related ocular disease

Module 4 – Ocular Trauma: Globe Proptosis, Eyelid and Corneal Lacerations, and Foreign Bodies

Canine and feline patients are prone to ocular trauma, which can result in disastrous consequences for the health of the eye and vision.

  • Managing globe proptosis & eyelid lacerations in practice
  • Cornea & intraocular foreign bodies: how to remove & when to refer
  • Corneal laceration: medical and surgical management options
  • Principles of corneal surgery & conjunctival grafts

Module 5 – Diagnostic Approach and Management of the Cloudy Eye: Uveitis, Glaucoma, Lens Problems

Cloudiness of the eye can be due to corneal disease, uveitis, cataracts, lens luxation and/or glaucoma. Beyond corneal ulceration, the cloudy eye can prove a diagnostic challenge.

  • How to work up the cloudy eye & reach a diagnosis
  • What is uveitis, what causes it and how to treat it
  • Cataracts, lens luxation: a guide to treatment of lens issues
  • Ocular manifestations of systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension
  • Latest medical strategies & vision saving surgeries for glaucoma

A VETPRAC COURSE HAS LONG TERM VALUE

INVEST

5 Tuesday evenings, a curious mind & just $597 towards your career development

LEARN

Avoid the pitfalls & tailor your clinical care of ophthalmology cases

RETURN

Expand your existing ophthalmology services & put your knowledge to work

Your presenter

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Dr Johana Premont with VPB

Johana Premont

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Qualifications: BSc BVMS MANZCVS MVSc DipECVO

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Johana was admitted to the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2013, and has full specialist registration as a veterinary ophthalmologist in Australia.

Since 2022, she has been part of the ophthalmology team at Veterinary Specialist Services in Jindalee, Queensland.

Johana has trained several residents through the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She is also a reviewer for several international veterinary journals. Her main research interests are cataract and glaucoma surgery, and ocular pharmacology.

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Your Questions Answered

Do I need to attend specific session times?

Not at all. Of course, you can only ask questions and participate in the discussion if you attend live, but it’s not a requirement. Each live session is recorded and uploaded within 24 hours of the live timeslot. Participants have access to recording during the course and for 6 months afterwards. 

Are there group discounts available?

Absolutely Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website. For 4+ registrations, the discount increases to 10%. This isn’t valid with any other promotion.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes we have a payment plan available scroll up and you will find it.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and completed the quiz questions at the end of the course.

What kind of learning materials are included?

All live online courses include live and recorded video presentations. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources so you can expect supporting materials like images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for the duration of the course, and for 6 months after the last live session. You can access recordings, references and reading materials via your course library at any point during this period. We’ll remind you to download and review the course materials before the time is up.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If we cancel a course, we will refund your course fees. It’s a simple as that.

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