15th ACVO William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology

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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Basic Science Course will once again be offered as a series of online lectures and discussions in 2021. We did this in 2020 and it was very well received by all attendees. We think that this year's program is even better.

This year, we will again provide over 8 weeks of access to the material - 2 weeks of asynchronous access to about 100 hours of recorded lectures from the world's leading experts in their fields (May 14-May 30, 2021), followed by 3 weeks of daily synchronous discussions with the speakers as well as image recognition sessions/"slide rounds" (May 31-June 18, 2021), and finishing with a further 3 weeks of asynchronous access to all recorded lectures, discussions, and slide rounds (June 19-July 12, 2021).

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This gives each attendee maximum flexibility in the way they learn. Over the 8 weeks, you can watch all recorded lectures and discussions as many times as you wish – and on your own schedule.  In addition, you can log-in live to any discussion sessions to hear new and additional material and to have your questions answered by the course speakers.

Because this course attracts attendees from almost every major time zone around the globe; live discussions are scheduled at times suitable for as many as possible.  And recall that these will be recorded and available for you to view at your convenience until the end of the course. At this stage, the topic discussions are typically planned for between 6 and 8am, and slide rounds typically between 3pm and 5pm (15:00-17:00h) Monday through Saturday from May 31-June 18, 2021 (all times are USA Pacific Time). Orientation/Welcome sessions will also be held during the initial 2 weeks to familiarize attendees with the online systems prior to the main 3 weeks of synchronous discussions. (See syllabus). 

CLICK HERE for the current schedule; however please note that this is subject to change.

Mission Statement of the ACVO William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology: “To provide ophthalmology residents and Diplomates, and vision scientists with high quality, intensive instruction in the basic sciences as a foundation for the study and practice of veterinary and comparative ophthalmology.”

ABVO Residents (Proof of current enrolment in an ABVO-approved residency will be required) $1,200
ECVO Residents (Proof of current enrolment in an ECVO-approved residency will be required) $1,200
Other Professionals (Not in ABVO-/ECVO-approved residency training programs) $2,400


Enrollment is open to Residents in veterinary ophthalmology training programs, Graduate Students in the Vision Sciences, Specialists in veterinary and comparative ophthalmology, University Faculty teaching veterinary ophthalmology, and Veterinarians with a strong interest in veterinary ophthalmology.


The course will include instruction in core basic sciences of anatomy, embryology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and pathology. In addition, the course will cover certain clinical and research topics less frequently encountered in a residency program including neuro-ophthalmology, retinoscopy, advanced imaging, phacodynamics and principles of microsurgery, and laboratory animal ophthalmology. The instruction and content of the course will be directed to the principal audience of ABVO and ECVO residents.

The ACVO Basic Science Course is not a degree-, certificate-, or diploma-granting agency. Likewise, it is not a stand-alone credential that should suggest to the public that an attendee is more highly trained in veterinary ophthalmology than someone who has not attended the course. The course is not intended to introduce or train veterinarians in clinical skills of veterinary ophthalmology, and is in no way equivalent to residency training, rather it is supplemental to it.

  1. To further the understanding of basic scientific principles, pathophysiology of diseases, and principles and applications of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in veterinary and comparative ophthalmology
  2. To enhance patient care in the practice of veterinary ophthalmology
  3. To improve the ability to obtain funding, perform research and advance the science of comparative ophthalmology
  4. To build relationships and promote collegiality among comparative ophthalmologists and other vision scientists
  5. To encourage life-long learning in comparative ophthalmology


If you cancel before you log in to view the 2021 course materials for the first time, you will receive a full refund less a $250.00 processing charge. No refunds are offered for cancellation after the first log in.


Questions regarding the course should be directed to the Center for Continuing Professional Education.

In accordance with University policy and copyright law, the University prohibits distributing and/or posting on the internet any content from this conference/symposium/session without the explicit permission of the instructor.