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MVMA Academy Seminar on

Ophthalmology from cornea to retina- The latest hints,
drugs, and techniques

with David Maggs, DVM, DACVO

Linda Barton

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Webinar Option

Seminar Day
8:00 - 9:00 - Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 10:00 - Seminar
10:00 - 10:15 - Break
10:15 - 12:15 - Seminar
12:15 - 1:15 - Lunch
1:15 - 3:15 - Seminar
3:15 - 3:30 - Break
3:30 - 4:30 - Seminar

Seminar Location

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
Room 135AC
St. Paul, MN 55108

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Seminar Costs

Pre-registration fees
for Live or Webinar option

(before August 30, 2013)
On-Site Registration fees for Live or Webinar option
(after August 30, 2013)
MVMA Member/Out of State Veterinarian $175 MVMA Member/Out of State Veterinarian $200
MVMA Academy Member $160 MVMA Academy Member $185
MVMA Life/Inactive Member $110 MVMA Life/Inactive Member $135
Technician/Staff/Other $105 Technician/Staff/Other $120
Student $70 Student $85
MN Non-Member Veterinarians Add $50

Coffee breaks are scheduled midmorning and midafternoon--breaks, proceedings and lunch are included in the price of registration.

7 CE credits are given for this seminar

Cancellation must be done 48 hours prior to the seminar for a refund - a fee of 10% is nonrefundable

Veterinary students will be given the opportunity to register for a $20 fee, if space is available, one week prior to the seminar. This registration option is only for students, if space is available and does not include lunch. Students will be informed by broadcast e-mail.

Webinar registration option: you have the option to attend the MVMA Academy Seminar on September 12 which will begin at 9:00 am CST from anywhere you have an internet connection! Choose the "webinar" option when you register and you will be emailed the secure internet link to attend the live session prior to the seminar. Only the purchaser will have access with this link as the attendees are monitored and sign in with their name. The webinar attendee registered is also the only one eligible for the 7 CE credits associated with the Academy seminar. The webinar will only be available during the live presentation, it will not be offered at a later time/date.

What will you experience: once you have accessed the webinar your computer screen will be dominated with a direct-feed PowerPoint for clarity of viewing, plus the audio of Dr. David Maggs as the slides automatically advance on your screen. A small video window on the side of your screen will show Dr. Maggs presenting. The live Q&A session will be simulcast also and you will be able to send questions from your screen options if you wish.

We suggest connecting to an ethernet/hard wire for the best connection and to avoid voice skipping and delayed interactions.

The MVMA Academy Seminar

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Titles, Abstracts and Schedule of Day

9:00 am - 10:00 am Pearls of the Ophthalmic exam:
It is undoubtedly important to know how to treat disease but without a diagnosis, treatment is often ineffective or worse. Fortunately, reaching an ophthalmic diagnosis relies almost completely on performing a thorough ophthalmic examination, which can be done with the simplest of instrumentation. Although historical data may provide essential clues to the diagnosis, ready visualization of almost all parts of the eye means nothing can replace a complete examination. Indeed, never were the famous words "more is missed through not seeing than not knowing" more apt. Fortunately, a thorough and revealing ophthalmic examination is readily performed with just 4 guidelines, 4 skills, and equipment that is almost certainly already in your clinic.

10:00 am - 10:15 am - Break

10:15 am - 11:15 pm The 7 colors of corneal pathology (1 hour):
Corneal clarity is essential for normal vision and results from a number of critical anatomical and physiological adaptations. Clinically important diseases often are associated with a decrease in corneal transparency and usually a distinctive color change. Learning to recognize and interpret these color changes and the mechanisms responsible for them provides a simple and logical approach to diagnosis of all corneal and some intraocular diseases. It also facilitates selection of appropriate diagnostic tests. This lecture will introduce this concept using many examples.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Feline herpesvirus - Latest on diagnosis and antiviral therapy:
Feline herpes is a common pathogen of cats' eyes all around the world producing a wide variety of ocular diseases from mild conjunctivitis to blinding keratitis or symblepharon. We will divide these feline herpetic syndromes into those associated with primary infection of young kittens, those seen in older cats with recurrent disease, and discuss how we reach a diagnosis. Is there a good PCR test? Should I be submitting samples? What do I do when they don't get better? Do I need to quarantine affected cats? Should I use a topical or systemic antiviral drug? How frequently? For how long? Do I also need to use antibiotics? Is lysine effective? We will address all of these questions in a logical fashion choosing only the clinically relevant material from all of the latest research.

12:15 am- 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Feline herpesvirus - Latest on diagnosis and antiviral therapy continued

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Feline uveitis - It's just intraocular lymphadenopathy:
The uvea contains familiar tissues and cell types (lymphocytes, smooth muscle, and blood vessels, for example), is inflamed by familiar antigens (infectious agents, neoplasia, auto-antigens) and reacts with the 5 cardinal signs of inflammation seen elsewhere (heat, pain, swelling, etc.). And yet it can be a very confusing disease. This lecture aims to provide aids to diagnosis and therapy of uveitis by likening it to inflammation elsewhere (because it is more similar than it is different) while highlighting differences (because these are helpful).

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm -Doing a great fundic exam and interpreting lesions:
The ocular fundus represents a group of tissues that is sometimes challenging to examine and whose lesions are often difficult to interpret. In this session we will demonstrate, 2 potentially novel means for examining the fundus of animals. The first approach acknowledges that the fundus is a compound structure that can be best understood by "constructing" it and that the fundic exam findings might best be interpreted by "deconstructing" them and considering them in light of those basic elements from which the fundus is composed. Secondly, we will approach the fundic exam by asking 5 questions designed to systematically interpret what you are seeing "back there" in a clinically applied and relevant manner.

About the Speaker

David J. Maggs BVSc Hons, Diplomate ACVO
Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology
University of California Davis

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, David spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri. He joined the faculty at the University of California-Davis in 2000. He is co-author of Slatter's Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (just released in its 5th Edition), an editorial board member for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and is the 2012 WVC Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year. Dr. Maggs' major interests are infectious ocular disease, with a particular focus on the management of cats with feline herpesvirus.

Please call the MVMA to Register (651) 645-7533 until Wednesday, September 11 at 4:30 pm.


On site registration is available during the hours of 8:00 am - 9:00 am the morning of the seminar, September 12, 2013.

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