Practical Ophthalmology

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2nd - 3rd July 2022

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD Value: NSW CPD points: 24
Other states CPD points: 15.5
VetEd CPD points: 24

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Diagnosing and treating ocular and periocular conditions quickly and effectively is vital to saving the vision and maintaining the quality of life for your patients. Having the right equipment and understanding how to use it is one of the most important elements of effective ophthalmology services in general practice. Develop skills in this workshop that will build your confidence, and can be immediately applied to general practice. Classes are intimate with a high tutor to attendee ratio maximising your learning opportunities.

Do you struggle with…

  • Confidently performing an ophthalmic exam?
  • Minimising the scarring effects on conformation with eyelid surgery?
  • Surgical management of cherry eyes?

What if there was a way you could enhance your skills and surgical techniques solely focused on the eye?

With three renowned specialists from across Australia, you’ll be confident, poised and ready to tackle more ophthalmic procedures back in your clinic. During the live eye exam practical component of this workshop, you’ll learn how to systematically approach a full test on small animals. Practice Schirmer tear test, tear drainage, tonometry, indirect & direct ophthalmoscopy and more. You’ll spend hours in the wet lab too, learning first hand surgical procedures for the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea and full global excision. Gain all the best tissue handling skills from Mark, Martyn and Edith; they really will help you see clearly.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Anatomy of the eye
  • Examining the eye: What’s normal
  • Instrumentation and patient preparation
  • Surgical conditions of the eyelid
  • Surgical conditions of the cornea
  • Surgical conditions of the globe
Develop your skills in :
  • Ophthalmic examination
  • Instrument handling & suture technique
  • Ectropion surgical techniques
  • Entropion surgical techniques
  • Conjunctiva or corneal surgery
  • Globe excision

Workshop Schedule



With the skills you gain at a VetPrac course, you can dramatically increase your income.


For example, if a new procedure you’ve learned bills for $900, with just four procedures you’ll have more than paid for the course that helped you gain that skill.


Plus, you may be able to claim some or all of the cost as professional development or a tax deduction.

Your Educators

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Dr Edith Hampson

Dr Edith Hampson

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Qualifications: BVSc PhD FANZCVS

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Specialisation: Ophthalmology

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Edith Hampson is a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist who enjoys teaching undergraduate students and practitioners about diseases of the eye. She was awarded her BVSc in 1981 and PhD in toxicology in 1989, and her Membership (Medicine of Dogs) in 1998 and Fellowship (Veterinary Ophthalmology) in 2004. She has worked in mixed and small animal practices, university clinics, specialist hospitals, as well as a postdoctorate in a Vision research unit. Edith is a small animal and equine ophthalmology consultant based at VSS Jindalee in Brisbane. She continues to lecture and perform research as Adjunct Associate Professor, at The University of Queensland.

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Dr Mark Billson

Dr Mark Billson

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Qualifications: BVSc PhD DVOpthal DipVetClinStud MRCVS

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Specialisation: Ophthalmology

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Mark obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1999. After taking up a post as Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow he returned to Australia in 2003 and has been working in private referral practice. Mark is a recognised specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. He is interested in all aspects of ophthalmology including management of glaucoma and surgical removal of cataracts and has a keen interest in ocular pathology.

Dr Martyn King

Dr Martyn King

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Qualifications: BSc BVMS (Hons) DVOphthal, MANZCVSc MRCVS

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Specialisation: Ophthalmology

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In 1996 he gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Certificate in Ophthalmology, and in 2000 he was awarded the Diploma in Ophthalmology, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ highest qualification in ophthalmology. Whilst in the UK he was an examiner for the RCVS in ophthalmology and was on the RCVS Ophthalmology Board. Martyn returned to Perth in 2005 and established Perth Veterinary Ophthalmology. Expansion of the practice has lead to Martyn setting up a state of the art ophthalmology only referral practice at Perth Animal Eye Hospital in the Perth suburb of Manning, Western Australia.

What our participants say…

This workshop is a wonderful way to help GPs become more confident with procedures that will allow for better standard of care and level of proficiency.

Dr Kate Story

I learned a lot of handy new tips; Refined procedures that I am already doing and enjoyed learning brand new techniques I haven’t done before.

Scott Raleigh

Ophthalmology has been something I’ve avoided as a bit of a black hole. This workshop demystified the entire subject again. Fantastic instructors and excellent practical surgery day. I have gained so much more out of this than I thought.




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Your Questions Answered

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t come?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What if I can’t attend because of COVID-19 border restrictions?

If a workshop is postponed, cannot run or you are unable to attend due to borders
closing, or travel restrictions, you can do one of the following:
1. Attend the workshop's new date
2. Transfer your registration to another workshop or course
3. Leave your registration as a credit for a future VetPrac workshop
4. Receive a refund

What happens if I receive a positive COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to a workshop?



If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result in the 7 days prior to a workshop, contact us and send your test results through and;

  1. You can transfer directly into other VetPrac workshop/s or course/s to the same value
  2. You can substitute by sending another attendee in your place
  3. You can receive a credit for use on any VetPrac workshop/s or course/s to the same value.



What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you. If on-campus accommodation is organised by VetPrac, the cost of this accommodation will be forfeited.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165

The University of Queensland

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