The 14th Biennial ACVO William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology

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The 14th Biennial ACVO William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology

2020 Basic Science Course Goes Online!

The ACVO is pleased to announce that this year’s Basic Science Course will be offered as a series of online webinars to be watched at your convenience in your time zone anytime during an 8-week period (June 20 to August 16, 2020, Pacific Daylight Time).

While we are disappointed that the COVID-19 pandemic has prohibited us from offering the traditional residential course, we are delighted to provide online the same course content except for the retinoscopy and cytology labs.

VIEW LIST OF LECTURES

In addition to over 100 hours of pre-recorded lectures that you can watch as many times as you wish on your own schedule over the 8 weeks, we will also offer periodic online chat/discussion sessions with various Basic Science Course speakers.  You can log on live to these sessions and have your questions answered and/or subsequently watch them as recorded sessions when convenient to you. We intend to schedule these sessions to make them accessible at a reasonable time for as many registrants as possible around the globe.

OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED JULY 3. Registrations received July 3-5 will be processed the following week.

(Updated 8/3/2020) Registration is now closed

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

  • I have not yet registered but want to – how do I register?
  • We’d love to have you join us! If you have not yet registered and would like to attend this year’s online program, please REGISTER HERE. (Registration is now closed)

    Registration fees are $1,140.00 (ABVO/ECVO Resident) or $2,280.00 (Other Professional)
    This will entitle you to discounted registration in 2021 if you elect to attend again then.

    You may register until midnight Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on August 1, 2020. It may take up to one week after registering to receive your login access to the course.


    If you cancel before you log in to view the 2020 course materials for the first time, you will receive a full refund less a $250.00 processing charge.


    No refunds are offered for cancellations after the first log in. 

    UPDATED June 22, 2020: Some live sessions have already occurred - however all are recorded and available for you to review at your leisure throughout the course.


    You may experience a delay of up to one week while we process your registration and coordinate access to all online activities. During that time, further live sessions will occur (but be recorded for you).

    It may not be possible to enroll you in one of the already assigned small study groups for the slide (clinical image) review sessions - although we will attempt to do this wherever possible.

    T
    he course end date (Aug 16, 2020) is the same for all attendees – no matter when they enroll. All online materials will become permanently unavailable (no matter when you registered) at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on August 16, 2020.
  • I already registered for the in-person course and want to attend online.
  • Great! Because the online course does not include the retinoscopy and cytology labs that you originally signed up for, you are due a partial refund.

    You are already registered and do not need to register again but we do need you to complete this form by June 7, 2020 to indicate you plan to attend the 2020 online course. Once we receive your response indicating you plan to attend, we will process your refund below.

    If you are an ABVO/ECVO Resident and paid $1,200.00, you will be issued a $60.00 refund to your original form of payment.

    If you registered as an "Other Professional" and paid $2,400.00, you will be issued a $120.00 refund to your original form of payment.

    If you cancel after June 7, 2020 (11:59 p.m. PDT) but before you log in to view the 2020 course materials for the first time, you will receive a full refund less a $250.00 processing charge.

    No refunds are offered for cancellations after the first course log in. 
  • I already registered for the in-person course and want to attend online in 2020 and (if possible) attend in person in 2021.
  • We agree that is a great option, and a number of you have indicated that this will likely be your first choice. 

    You are already registered and do not need to register again but we do need you to complete this form by June 7, 2020 to indicate you plan to attend the 2020 online course. Once we receive your response indicating you plan to attend, we will process your refund below.

    If you are an ABVO/ECVO Resident and paid $1,200.00, you will be issued a $60.00 refund to your original form of payment.

    If you registered as an "Other Professional" and paid $2,400.00, you will be issued a $120.00 refund to your original form of payment.

    Next year, the ACVO will offer you a discounted registration for the 2021 course because you also registered for the 2020 course.

    If you cancel after June 7, 2020 (11:59 p.m. PDT) but before you log in to view the 2020 course materials for the first time, you will receive a full refund less a $250.00 processing charge.

    No refunds are offered for cancellations after the first log in. 
  • I already registered for the in-person course but would like to cancel.
  • No problem! We will refund you in full to your original form of payment if you email us at svmcontinuinged@ucdavis.edu before 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on June 7, 2020. 

    If you cancel after 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) June 7, 2020, you will receive a full refund less a $250.00 processing charge.
  • I am not sure what I want to do yet.
  • That’s OK, we understand there’s a lot going on at present.

    If you have already registered, you may cancel your registration without any penalty before 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), June 7, 2020.

    If you cancel after 11:59 pm (PDT) June 7, 2020, you will receive a full refund less a $250.00 processing charge.

    To cancel your registration, please email us at svmcontinuinged@ucdavis.edu indicating you wish to cancel.

    If you have not yet registered, you may REGISTER HERE before midnight Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on August 1, 2020.

    All online materials will become permanently unavailable at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on August 16, 2020.

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.”

ELIGIBILITY:

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.

CONTENT:

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  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

QUESTIONS:

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

For information on scientific content, please contact Dr. David Maggs.

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