Invited Speakers

Douglas Esson

The Expanding Clinical Horizon

Topic “The Expanding Clinical Horizon” which is a look at some of the less common & emerging presentations we see and some current thoughts about their management. It’s a nice lecture which also recapitulates some thoughts about the evolution of the mammalian eye as well as the general concept that ophthalmology is an expanding arena.

Dr. Douglas Esson is a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. His many areas of interest and expertise include corneal surgery, high-risk cataract surgery, the management of glaucoma, exotic animal ophthalmology, clinical research and the developing field of telemedicine.

Dr. Esson is well known in the Southern California veterinary community where he has practiced and worked closely with the profession for over ten years. He regularly teaches and hosts wet labs and his volunteer work with wildlife has appeared in numerous publications and syndicated television shows. He is involved with multiple conservation organizations and projects and is also A regularly invited international speaker.


Stefan Kindler

HED quiz, slide show

Born in Germany, Dr. Stefan Kindler grew up in New York in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Returning to Germany, he attended veterinary school at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, graduating in 1986. He completed an ECVO approved residency in veterinary ophthalmology (before the ECVO was formed) as well as a national residency in veterinary surgery, staying at the veterinary school as a clinical instructor in veterinary ophthalmology, surgery, and neurology. He underwent 2 weeks of additional training with Dr. Ingo Walde at the University of Vienna as well as 3 months of traing with Dr. David Wilkie at the Ohio State University. In 1996 Dr. Kindler left the university to open a private practice.

Dr. Kindler is the owner and head ophthalmologist of the 4 ophthalmologist Animal Eye Center in Wiesbaden, Germany (Zentrum für Tierärztliche Augenheilkunde Wiesbaden) as well as the owner and head surgeon of an 8-veterinarian small animal hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Dr. Kindler has been an adjunct professor of veterinary ophthalmology at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen since 2008.

Nationally board certified in veterinary ophthalmology and veterinary surgery, he is a member of the exam committees for the national state specialty boards for veterinary ophthalmology and veterinary surgery. As a European Eye Scheme Examiner (German Eye Panel, DOK) since 1998, he was also a member of the DOK exam committee. He is a member of a number of veterinary associations as well as being the only veterinary member of the German and the European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Kindler is a peer reviewer for various German veterinary journals as well as a member of the editorial board of the Scientific Journal “Veterinary Ophthalmology”. He has also served as a legal expert / expert witness in veterinary ophthalmology and veterinary surgery.

With more than 120 national and international publications, presentations and wet labs for general practitioners, veterinary ophthalmologists and MD ophthalmologists throughout Europe, North America and Asia, Dr. Kindler is a popular speaker in veterinary ophthalmology.


Akihiko Saito

Gonio-implant surgery in dogs – Tips for better outcomes from Japan

Following anterior chamber shunt (ACS) surgery in Triangle Animal Eye Clinic, we have a median preservation of vision of longer than fifty-five months. This presentation will include updated data of outcome of ACS surgery. In particular, I will describe some intraoperative and postoperative tips that critical to this success rate.

Akihiko Saito received his veterinary degree from the Azabu Veterinary College (Japan), and his PhD graduate work at the Rakunou Gakuen University (Japan).

Director, Triangle Animal Eye Clinic, Tokyo

Co-chair of Comparative Ocular Surface Diseases workshop

Interests: Ocular surface diseases in dogs and cats


Cristina Seruca

Tips and Tricks on Advanced Eyelid Surgery I.
Tips and Tricks on Advanced Eyelid Surgery II.

Cristina obtained her Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Évora in Portugal. She completed a Small Animal Medical and Surgical Internship followed by a residency in Comparative Veterinary Ophthalmology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain. In 2012 she gained her European Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology and started working in private practice in Portugal and UK. She is an invited Professor at Évora University and a regular speaker at both national and international conferences, CPD courses and post-graduate certificate courses (BSAVA, Improve International and Autonomous University of Barcelona). Since 2014, she is a member of the Re-evaluation Committee of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She is author of publications in the Veterinary Ophthalmology and the Equine Veterinary Education Journals and author of the book chapter “Ocular Emergencies” in the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA): Manual of Canine and Feline Emergency and Critical Care, 3rd Edition.


Robin Stanley

Third Eyelid problems in dogs and cats
Management of keratomalacia in dogs and cats

Robin Stanley graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1984. On his first day as a Veterinarian he met Dr Rowan Blogg, Australia's first Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Shortly after that Robin decided that Ophthalmology was the way to go. Robin did a residency with Dr Blogg, and was the first Australian trained Veterinary Eye Specialist.

Robin started Animal Eye Care in 1991, and 30 years later Animal Eye Care has a 6 veterinarian practice, doing referral ophthalmology only.

Since 1988 Robin has worked as a tutor in Veterinary Ophthalmology for the Centre of Veterinary Education, University of Sydney, and for 22 years he lectured Veterinary students at the University of Melbourne.


Joe Wolfer

Tips and tricks not only for the beginning ophthalmologists

Veterinary Ophthalmologist Dr. Joe Wolfer opened Toronto Animal Eye Clinic in 2000. A specialist in veterinary ophthalmology, Dr. Wolfer is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and has been practicing veterinary ophthalmology for nearly 25 years. He credits Dr. Keith Barnett, a leader in eye care for guide dogs, as his inspiration for becoming an ophthalmologist. Dr. Wolfer says the most memorable moments in his career are earning his board certification in ophthalmology, becoming a retina specialist and performing his first retina surgery.

Growing up in Delhi, Ontario, Dr. Wolfer's earliest and most memorable experiences were watching his veterinarian treat his horse for colic, learning about dairy cattle and milk production and helping his veterinarian vaccinate his dogs. Before becoming a veterinarian, he worked at Tillsonburg Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Wolfer attended the University of Guelph for his undergraduate studies, and followed directly into veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

Dr. Wolfer's main professional interest is retinal surgery, and he is one of only a few veterinary ophthalmologists in North America who provide surgical care for patients with retinal detachment, a procedure that has been the focus of his research since 1998. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO) and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He is also an adjunct professor at Ontario Veterinary College. In his free time, Dr. Wolfer enjoys hiking, golf, and horseback riding.




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