SMALL ANIMAL OPHTHALMOLOGY

September 1st, 2021

Tackle all cases with a new online approach to veterinary ophthalmology

To provide the best ophthalmic care to your patients, you must be confident in performing a comprehensive ocular examination and interpreting your clinical findings, even the ones that often go overlooked. The NEW Small Animal Ophthalmology CE Program will help you uncover all the secrets behind your patients’ eyes by providing you with comprehensive knowledge authored by specialists in a practical and image-based approach.

How does it work?

This 100% online CE program is built around 14 modules. Each includes introductory and summary videos from the specialist author, nine interactive lessons, two case-studies, further reading resources and an online forum to discuss with your colleagues and an ophthalmology specialist. Content covers embryology, anatomy and physiology of the eye, ocular pharmacology and therapeutics and the full spectrum of ocular diseases seen in domestic species.

At the end of the program, you can also choose to attend three additional hands-on modules which will cover different diagnostic techniques and ophthalmic surgical procedures. For those completing the full course, you can purchase these modules at an exclusive price. For more information click on the Optional Modules tab.

The Ophthalmology Program offers a route to an ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and has been submitted to RACE for approval.

Learn from the global e-learning CE specialist team

Our world-leading platform provides exclusive interactive features so you can enjoy your learning experience and develop a problem-solving approach to each case. Earn the necessary skills to see your patients in a new light and notice things you were not able to see before. Join the world leading veterinary CE specialists for a program that will help you rediscover your passion and clinical enthusiasm.



Program Features:

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14 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in ophthalmology delivered over 2 years

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3 face-to-face modules

You can choose to attend 3 optional hands-on modules at the end of your program, covering examination of the eye and ophthalmic surgery

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions

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Interactive learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes and exercises which test your knowledge as you work

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors

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Recognized Course Director

Pedro Malho DipECVO CES OphtVet DVM MRCVS European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology oversees the program ensuring that you have access to the latest ophthalmology content

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform

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Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress

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Dedicated CE Tutor

A dedicated Tutor who will support you every step of the way

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Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

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Know-How

Join the global veterinary e-learning CE specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources

CE Program Details:

Modules summary
  1. Examination of the eye
  2. Anatomy and physiology, basic embryology
  3. Ocular therapeutics and pharmacology
  4. The orbit and globe, eyelids and nictitans membranes
  5. The conjunctiva and naso-lacrimal system
  6. The cornea, sclera and episclera
  7. The uveal tract and lens
  8. Glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology
  9. The retina, vitreous and optic nerve
  10. Ocular neoplasia and ocular manifestations of systemic disease
  11. Ophthalmic surgery I
  12. Ophthalmic surgery II
  13. The histology and pathology of the eye, inherited ocular diseases and a problem-solving approach to ocular disease
  14. Comparative ophthalmology

Three optional practical attendance modules:

  1. Day 1 – Ocular examination and preparing for surgery
  2. Day 2 – Practical ophthalmic surgery I
  3. Day 3 – Practical ophthalmic surgery II
Tutors
  • Claudia Hartley BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
  • Emma Scurrell BVSc, DipACVP, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Pathology
  • Kerry Smith BVetMed CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
  • Lorraine Fleming BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS
  • Pedro Malho DipECVO CES OphtVét DVM MRCVS
  • Roser Tetas Pont LV MSc Dip ECVO FHEA MRCVS
  • Sally Turner VetMB MA DVOphthal MRCVS
Qualifications

The Ophthalmology Distance Learning Program offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training that you want whilst working around your busy practice life and the possibility of working towards a recognized qualification. All professionals will also have the opportunity of requesting, at any moment of the program, a statement regarding their earned credits to present to their respective board.

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

By attending the full online structured program and following the successful completion of the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) assessments, including an examination, you can gain the GPCert awarded by ISVPS.

Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for a minimum of one year can apply to undertake a General Practitioner Certificate.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

A route to a PgC in Small Animal Ophthalmology is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU). For more information about this please contact us.

This course includes

This program has been submitted to RACE for approval. The course prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.
Examination of the Eye
Sep, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a confident ocular examination by using diagnostic ophthalmic instruments including focal illumination, the direct ophthalmoscope, indirect ophthalmoscope and slit lamp biomicroscope 

  • Understand the different types of tonometry, including when and how to perform this technique.  

  • Appreciate when and how to perform the more advanced techniques of gonioscopy and electroretinography 

  • Revise diagnostic cytology, microbiology and biopsy sampling and appreciate the applications of the different methods of investigation 

  • Review imaging techniques including ultrasound, radiography, CT and MRI 

  • Describe a systematic approach to the investigation of ophthalmology cases including accurate record keeping and photography 


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming ()
Anatomy and Physiology, Basic Embryology
Oct, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic ophthalmic embryology and post natal ocular development 

  • Describe comprehensively the anatomy of the eye 

  • Extend your understanding of ocular physiology including the tear film, aqueous production, lens metabolism and retinal physiology 

  • Understand basic ocular immunology 


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming ()
Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology
Nov, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the principles of medicating the eye 

  • Understand topical and systemic drug administration 

  • Explain vehicles and preparations for ophthalmic drug administration 

  • Appreciate classes of drugs 

  • Choose the correct drug for common ophthalmic conditions 


Speaker: Claudia Hartley ()
The Orbit and Globe, Eyelids and Nictitans Membranes
Jan, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy and clinical conditions involving the orbit, globe, eyelids and nictitans membranes (third eyelids) 

  • Review the presenting signs of and differential diagnoses for congenital and acquired orbital disease 

  • Understand the effect of facial conformation on globe and eyelid position and its associated effects 

  • Appreciate breed predispositions and species differences 

  • Become familiar with the aetiopathogenesis of proptosis and its treatment options 

  • Recognise the different types of entropion and ectropion and their impact on ocular health 

  • Understand the aetiopathogenesis of nictitans membrane disorders 


Speaker: Claudia Hartley ()
The Conjunctiva and Naso-lacrimal System
Feb, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy of the conjunctiva and understand the aetiopathogenesis of conjunctival disease and its treatment 

  • Perfect your knowledge of the nasolacrimal system and abnormalities that can affect it 

  • Understand secretory and excretory components, normal lacrimation and the components of the pre-corneal tear film.  

  • Appreciate kerato-conjunctivitis sicca 

  • Discuss the problems associated with nasolacrimal drainage 


Speaker: Claudia Hartley ()
The Cornea, Sclera and Episclera
Mar, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe normal corneal anatomy 

  • Review normal corneal healing and factors which can affect it 

  • Understand how the cornea responds to insults 

  • Discuss the different causes of corneal ulceration and its treatment 

  • Explain non ulcerative corneal disease 

  • Appreciate the anatomy of the episclera and sclera and understand the pathology which can affect these 


Speaker: Speaker TBC ()
The Uveal Tract and Lens
Apr, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise congenital and acquired defects involving the uveal tract and describe the presenting signs of anterior uveitis, posterior uveitis, panuveitis and the approach to diagnosis and treatment 

  • Approach non neurological abnormalities of the pupil 

  • Understand aqueous opacification 

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal lens 

  • Explain lenticular disease and the range of congenital and acquired disease that can affect the lens and understand cataractogenesis. 

  • Be familiar with the approach to cataract surgery together with patient selection, aftercare and potential complications 

  • Appreciate primary and secondary lens luxation 


Speaker: Pedro Malho ()
Glaucoma and Neuro-Ophthalmology
May, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the production and drainage of aqueous humour and the pathophysiology of the normotensive globe 

  • Define glaucoma and understand the different types of primary and secondary glaucoma and species differences 

  • Appreciate treatment options for glaucoma 

  • Devise a logical approach to the investigation of neuro-ophthalmic problems and understand the relevant neurological pathways and the autonomic nerve supply 

  • Recognise normal and abnormal nystagmus 

  • Investigate and offer treatment options for blindness of central origin 

  • Understand disorders of ocular motility 


Speaker: Roser Tetas Pont ()
The Retina, Vitreous and Optic Nerve
Jun, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal anatomy of the retina, species differences in retinal vascular patterns and the pathological changes which can occur and their manifestation 

  • Describe the process of chorioretinitis 

  • Recognise both inherited and acquired retinopathies 

  • Appreciate the anatomy of the vitreous, congenital and acquired conditions and different types of vitreal degeneration 

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal optic nerve, explain congenital and acquired conditions of the optic nerve and understand the investigation of optic nerve disease 


Speaker: Kerry Smith ()
Ocular Neoplasia and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
Jul, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise primary and secondary ocular neoplasia and explain its management 

  • Discuss the ocular manifestations of systemic disease including infectious, metabolic, nutritional, toxic immune mediated or vascular aetiologies 

  • Understand the work up for suspected systemic disease 

  • Appreciate treatment options for systemic disease in general practice 


Speaker: Kerry Smith ()
Ophthalmic Surgery I
Sep, 2022 | Online

This is the first day of a two-day practical session, please see module 12 for additional objectives. 

The modules must be attended as a pair.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise commonly used ophthalmic instruments and understand their use 

  • Use loupes and understand operating microscopes for surgical magnification 

  • Select appropriate suture material and needle designs 

  • Discuss pre and post- operative care of surgical patients and appropriate anaesthetic regimes 

  • Understand the basic surgical principles as they pertain to ophthalmic surgery 


Speaker: Speaker TBC ()
Ophthalmic Surgery II
Oct, 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Perform common surgical techniques for treating disease of the orbit, globe, eyelids, third eyelid, conjunctiva and cornea 

  • Practise reconstructive eyelid surgery 

  • Understand and perform different methods for enucleation 

  • Appreciate the principles of intra ocular surgery 


Speaker: Speaker TBC ()
The Histology and Pathology of the Eye, Inherited Ocular Diseases and a Problem-Solving Approach to Ocular Disease
Nov, 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the normal and pathological appearance of histological samples including the significance of abnormalities detected 

  • Understand inherited ocular disease, the principles of genetics and modes of inheritance and pedigree data analysis. 

  • Appreciate different methods of reducing such disease including eye testing schemes and genetic testing 

  • Explain the different conditions which affect different breeds of dog 

  • Clinically recognise congenital inherited conditions encountered such as collie eye anomaly, congenital cataract, retinal dysplasia, goniodysgenesis and persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous 

  • Clinically recognise non-congenital inherited conditions such as hereditary cataract, primary lens luxation, generalised progressive retinal atrophy and retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy 

  • Develop a problem-solving approach to ophthalmic cases  


Speaker: Sally Turner (VetMB MA DVOphthal MRCVS)
Speaker: Emma Scurrell ()
Comparative Ophthalmology
Dec, 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Approach the ophthalmic examination of the rabbit, bird and reptile 

  • Have a basic understanding of the evolution of the eye 

  • Appreciate species differences in ocular anatomy 

  • Be familiar with common diseases seen in rabbits, birds and reptiles 

  • Discuss the role of various species in ocular toxicology 


Speaker: Speaker TBC ()
SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL
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This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

At the end of the Ophthalmology CE Program, you can choose to book three optional attendance practical modules, delivered by Lorraine Fleming BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS at our state-of-the-art training venues in Swindon (UK). These modules (details below) will be delivered at our state-of-the-art training venue using the latest equipment and limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

For those wanting to book the full Small Animal Ophthalmology Program, these modules will be at an exclusive price. You can book these at a later date by contacting your CE Tutor. Please note, we will be opening these up to our wider veterinary community so let us know as soon as possible, so we can guarantee you a place!

Entry Requirements

Initial registration for the Optional Practical Attendance Modules is open on a first come first serve basis to delegates booking onto the Ophthalmology E-Learning Program until 1st December 2021. Any bookings made thereafter will be subject to review and acceptance. Improve International have the right to refuse a booking if it does not meet the entry requirements stated above. Please contact us for further information.


Day 1
1 Feb 2023 | Swindon - UK
  • Practice performing a thorough and systematic ocular examination  

  • Recognise commonly used ophthalmic instruments and understand their use 

  • Use loupes and understand operating microscopes for surgical magnification 

  • Select appropriate suture material and needle designs 

  • Discuss pre and post-operative care of surgical patients and appropriate anaesthetic regimes 

  • Review the surgical preparation and positioning of patients for ophthalmic procedures 

  • Recognise the basic surgical principles as they pertain to ophthalmic surgery 


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming ()
Day 2
2 Feb 2023 | Swindon - UK
  • Perform common surgical techniques for treating disease of the orbit, globe, eyelids, and third eyelid 

  • Practice reconstructive eyelid surgery and the surgical techniques used to correct entropion and ectropion and resection of eyelid masses 

  • Practice the surgical technique to reposition prolapsed nictitans glands 

  • Practice repositioning of proptosed globe and drainage of retrobulbar abscess via pterygopalatine fossa 

  • Perform different methods for enucleation and appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each 

  • Appreciate the principles of intraocular surgery 


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming ()
Day 3
3 Feb 2023 | Swindon - UK
  • Recognise different type, depth and severity of corneal ulcers 

 

  • Review the approach and treatment options for Spontaneous Chronic Corneal Epithelial Defects (SCCED) and complicated ulcers 

 

  • Practice grid/punctuate keratotomies and corneal burr debridement 

 

  • Practice performing a conjunctival pedicle graft 

 

  • Perform corneal surgical procedures such as superficial keratectomy and suturing of a non penetrating corneal laceration 

  

  • Identify and localise corneal foreign bodies and learn tips for their removal 

 

  • Recognise when corneal reconstructive surgery is required, including corneoconjunctival transposition (CCT) and full thickness keratoplasty (video presentation of CCT) 

 

  • Learn how to select a patient for cataract surgery, the after care and possible complications of this surgery (video presentation of a cataract surgery) 


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming ()
SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL
ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

Small Animal Ophthalmology
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,431-$8,431
Monthly payments$1,343$647 x 12 installments *$9,107

Optional Modules
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$2,155-$2,155
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

Small Animal Ophthalmology
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,768-$8,768
Monthly payments$1,343$675 x 12 installments *$9,443

Optional Modules
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$2,425-$2,425
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

Payment Terms & Conditions

1. An initial payment is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

2. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the course.

3. For instalment payment plans, the only payment option is by credit card. Delegates will be notified monthly and shall proceed with payment through their personal delegate area.

4. All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.


Registration Information

1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.

3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.

4. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment.

5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.


Frequently Asked Questions

Distance Learning

When is the learning content available for each module?
  • At the beginning of the month, the content for weeks 1 and 2 will be released
  • At the beginning of the 3rd week of the month, the remaining content will be released
What additional learning resources are available?
  • Online lessons
  • Notes to support every lesson
  • Reading list
  • Module Tutor (diploma holder in their field)
  • Program Tutor
  • Discussion Forum
What qualifications are needed for taking the program if coming from another non- European country?
  • Qualified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine registered in country of origin
  • ISVPS will require appropriate paperwork at point of registration
What does the GPCert consist of?
  • Complete the full online structured program
  • Case report (2,500 words)
  • Online spot test exam
  • Multiple choice examination
  • ISVPS are responsible for invigilation of the exam via TestReach an independent invigilation company
  • See the assessment criteria on the diagram of the route to a GPCert in the brochure
When do the exams take place?
For detailed information please check the ISVPS section on this webpage.
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
All ISVPS assessments are uploaded to the candidates’ area via the ISVPS website. You will be given a login to the candidates’ area when you register with ISVPS.

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SMALL ANIMAL OPHTHALMOLOGY
01 Sep 2021 - 31 Dec 2022
14 Online Modules
3 Optional Practical Attendance Modules
GPCert
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