Integrative Small Animal Ophthalmology

Diagnose and treat eye problems in small animal patients using both conventional medicine and TCVM

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Course Overview

Integrative Veterinary Ophthalmology is a 41-CE-hour RACE approved course (25 for the conventional portion, 16 for the TCVM portion). The primary objective of this course in veterinary ophthalmology is to improve the ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical skills of veterinary practitioners in order that they can provide higher levels of care to animals with eye problems. This will begin with a review of ophthalmic terminology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of the animal eye. Basic and advanced ophthalmic examination and diagnostic techniques of animals, and the diagnosis and treatment of common ophthalmic dis­orders of animals will be covered in detail. Discussions on how to perform basic and advanced ophthalmic diagnostic procedures will be taught.

Students may choose to take either the Conventional Ophthalmology, the TCVM Ophthalmology, or both courses.

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Course Objectives

This is an online distance learning course and is intended for small animal and equine practitioners. Students will learn to evaluate and diagnose ophthalmology patients and understand how to diagnose and treat the following disorders using an integrative approach: uveitis, ulcers, corneal disease, glaucoma and cataracts.

Integrative Small Animal Ophthalmology

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

Up to 41 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Introduction to Small Animal Eye Exam

3h

Diagnosis and Treatment of Orbit Disease

1h

Diagnosis and Treatment of Conjunctiva and Nictitating Membrane Disease

1h

Eyelids Disorders

1h

Lacrimal System Disorders

1h

Diagnosis and Treatment of Superficial and Deep Corneal Ulcers

4h

Anatomy and Physiology of the Uveal Track

1h

Uvea Disorders

1h

Introduction to Glaucoma

2h

Diseases and Surgery of the Lens

2h

Funduscopic Examination of the Small Animal Retina and Optic Nerve

2h

Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Diseases in Small Animals

2h

Feline Ophthalmic Diseases

2h

Exotic Animal Ophthalmic Diseases

2h

Introduction to TCVM Ophthalmology

1h

TCVM for Corneal Disease in Horses

3h

TCVM for Equine Recurrent Uveitis and Conjunctivitis/Blepharitis

2h

TCVM for Glaucoma, Cataracts and Others in Horses

1h

TCVM for KCS (Dry Eye) in Small Animals

2h

TCVM for Corneal ulcers and Uveitis in Small Animals

1h

TCVM for Glaucoma and Cataracts in Small Animals

1h

TCVM for Pinkeye, Herpesvirus, Pannus and Others in Small Animals

1h

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Eye Disorders in Small Animals

4h

Instructors

Dennis E. Brooks DVM, PhD passed the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1984. Dr. Brooks received a PhD in 1987 from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Brooks has been a scientist and clinician in academia, and is a Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida. He was the President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 1997-1998.

Dr. Brooks has written over 170 academic scientific publications, 76 book chapters, received $2.3 million in research grants, and has given over 300 lectures both nationally and internationally in comparative ophthalmology. His book, Equine Ophthalmology, was published in 2002 and again in 2008. His book, Small Animal Ophthalmology, was published in 2011. He received the British Equine Veterinary Association’s Sir Frederick Smith Memorial Lecture and Medal Recipient in 2007, and received the Frank J. Milne State of the Art Award of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 2010. Dr. Brooks has extensive experience in amnion grafting, corneal transplantation and cataract surgeries of the horse.

Dr. Huisheng Xie (pronounced “Shay”) founded Chi in 1998 to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na. Before coming to America, Dr. Xie received his BSVM (equivalent to DVM) from the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He then received a Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988 where he also served as an associate professor. In 1994 he moved to America to pursue his doctoral studies, and in 1999 he received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture. He has lectured around the world and has authored more than 20 books. Currently, Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational courses and programs at the Chi in Reddick, Florida. He also serves as a clinical professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In total, Dr. Xie has trained over 10,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM.

Hanwen Cheng DVM, MS, CVA practices in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He received his DVM degree from National Chia Yi University. Dr. Cheng is the President of The Chinese Society of Traditional Veterinary Science, and the Vice Chairman of the Fourth Members Conference of Asian Society of Traditional Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cheng has been invited to speak by different veterinary medical associations, including the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the Chinese Society of Traditional Veterinary Science, Chi and various universities. Dr. Cheng received the Taiwan Outstanding Veterinarian Award by National Veterinary Festival in 1999 and was recognized as one of the Top Ten International TCVM Practitioners by Global Sun Samiao in 2012.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2020

Schedule & Tuition

Payment Information

A $100 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the course start date.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 30 days before the start of a session.

Add-ons

Printed Binders

$50 / module

Frequently Asked Questions

You will get 4 months of access to this online course. The course can be accessed through our learning portal.