LECTURE TOPICS


Lecture hours are approximate and some can be broken up into 45-60 minute segments.  This list is constantly changing 

as I put together new lectures and remodel older lectures to reflect changes in nomenclature and medications.

The Aging Canine Cornea
We are all familiar with the aging ocular problems of our grandparents Dogs experience aging problems that are uniquely canine ocular problems. Indolent ulcers, endothelial dystrophy, and calcium degeneration, three corneal diseases seen in many older dogs, will be covered. 1 HOUR

All Those Cockers Can't Have Primary Glaucoma
The incidence of primary glaucoma is high in the cocker spaniel. This breed will serve as a model in this lecture on primary glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma and other diseases are frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated as glaucoma. The all-important differentiation of primary VS secondary will be presented along with treatment for both.  1. 5 HOURS

A Medical Cure For Cataracts?
A personal evaluation of the old and the new drugs and the nutraceuticals used to treat cataracts will be discussed with the emphasis on their use and misuse. There may soon be a treatment to prevent progressive diabetic cataracts! .5 HOURS

Bartonella-Possibly The Most Under-diagnosed Feline Ocular Disease
The general practitioner needs to know the importance of Bartonella as the primary etiology of feline ocular disease. If it is not the primary cause, a Bartonella infection along with a systemic disease may explain the poor clinical response of some cases. The organism, life cycle, incidence, public health significance, mode of infection, diagnosis, and treatment will be described. I have presented this topic in 30 minutes, 50 minutes and 2 hour versions

Beyond the Lens-Acute Blindness Posterior Segment
Acute blindness is a true emergency. The first task is to identify the posterior segment, i.e. retina and optic nerve as the cause of blindness. Some etiologies (serous retinal detachment, hypertensive retinopathy) can be treated when identified early. Others (SARD) cannot be treated but cause no other problem. Still others (mycotic retinitis) may be the first sign of a life threatening disease. Others factors that contribute to acute blindness will be covered as will the recognition of central blindness. 1.5-2 HOURS

The Ten Essentials of Ocular Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment
The purpose of this lecture is three-fold. The first part will list the equipment and supplies needed to perform a thorough ocular examination. The use of the equipment and the interpretation of the results are beyond the intent of this lecture. (This part is not as detailed as the Ocular Examination and Instrumentation lecture)
The second part will name the ophthalmic drugs which you should have in your clinic for routine dispensing. Also listed is the group of drugs that may be too expensive to keep on your shelf, but can be ordered from various pharmacies. You need to know about the availability and indication of these drugs for specific lesser seen diseases.
The last part of the lecture will cover some tenets of basic veterinary ophthalmology. The definition of a tenet is ‘an opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by a person or especially by an organization'. In this case, the tenets are mine. Some I learned at my mentor's knee back in the dark ages and some have evolved after 3 decades in private practice. Keeping these in mind will help you avoid many complications. 1.5-2 HOURS

Every Cat is a Herpes Candidate
Feline herpes virus (FHV- 1) is the most common infectious disease in cats and the most common cause of feline ocular disease. Three forms of ulcerative keratitis, corneal sequestration, eosinophilic keratitis, symblepharon, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, and Mycoplasma corneal ulcerations may all be initiated by or associated with the FHV-1. Their relationships, diagnosis, and treatment are illustrated. 1 -1.5 HOURS

Feline Blindness
The diagnostic features and causes of posterior segment blindness in the cat will be discussed and illustrated. Hypertensive retinopathy, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, neoplasia, and fungal and protozoan infections, all associated with acute blindness, will be covered. 1 HOUR

Feline Glaucoma
Feline glaucoma is frequently missed because it is less obvious than glaucoma in the dog. Etiologies and response to therapy also vary considerably. This talk will cover the differences in the presentation of primary and secondary glaucoma and the differences in treatment and prognosis. 1 HOUR

Good Medicine And A Money Maker, Too
Everybody is aware of the fact that good medicine is also good business. There are two ophthalmic tests available to veterinarians that exemplify this fact. Tonometry and Schirmer tear tests can be done in general practice and in many cases by a trained technician. These tests would warrant an additional charge just like veterinarians do for fecal floatation or heartworm checks.
Sources of equipment and supplies, proper techniques, and the many instances when such tests are indicated will be discussed. 1-1.5 HOURS

Inherited Corneal and Scleral Diseases in Dogs
The current literature abounds with therapy for the various ocular diseases if you know what you are treating. Being well informed of the inherited and breed predisposed diseases will give you a head start in making the correct diagnosis. This lecture covers the inherited corneal and scleral diseases in the most popular breeds plus common problems in some uncommon breeds. Diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis will be discussed. 1-2 HOURS

Is the Cat's Eye Blind, Painful or Changing Color?
One disease does it all! Anterior uveitis is the second most common feline ocular disease. Etiologies and sequelae are the most common cause of blindness and ocular pain. All aspects, including diagnosis, treatment and sequelae, will be discussed. 1 HOUR

Medley of Feline Ophthalmology
All aspects of feline opthalmic diseases will be covered in this extensive lecture. 4-6 HOURS

Melting Stromal Ulcers (Keratomalacia) In Dogs and Cats
This is a true ophthalmic emergency which requires aggressive and rapid treatment. The severe destruction of corneal stroma is caused by collagenase enzymes produced in part by bacteria resistant logy to many routine antibiotics. A specific unique etiology for the dog and cat will be discussed as well as the oral and topical medications needed to reverse this condition. .5-1 HOUR

Ocular Examination and Instrumentation
This lecture takes you step by step through a complete ocular examination. The equipment, diagnostic supplies and the drugs needed will be discussed.. Proper usage will be illustrated and discussed in detail. 1 HOUR

The Top Ten Ophthalmic Mistakes
The "Top Ten" are the most critical and/or common mistakes veterinarians make in diagnosis and evaluating clinical signs and response to therapy. These errors involve all aspects of ophthalmology from conjunctivitis, corneal, ulcers, glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness. The ‘Top Ten' will be presented, an example of the case will be illustrated, and the ‘error' in thinking will be discussed. How many have you made? 1.5-2 HOURS

Lectures for Technicians
The Canine Eye: What Every Technician Needs To Know
"Why is my dog's eye so runny?" "Why can my sister's dog see and mine can't when they both have ‘cataracts?' " Clients frequently question technicians by about their pets' eyes. Beginning at the globe, progressing from the eye's lid toward the retina at the back of the eye, this lecture will discuss the function of each structure, some common diseases, or conditions of each structure, giving you the answers to those questions. 1.5-2 HOURS

What Every Technician Should Know About The Two Most Common Feline Ocular Diseases
The two most common feline ocular diseases a general practitioner will see are feline herpes virus (FHV-1) and anterior uveitis. FHV-1 has many presentations and complications of the infection. Anterior uveitis is a complicated disease with many causes. Knowing more about these common diseases and the drug reaction some of the medications used to treat them cause will allow you to more effectively communicate with your clients. 1 HOUR

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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