ECVO Conference 2018 

Invited Speakers

State of the Art Lecturer

Julie T Daniels PhD, FRSB

Julie obtained her first degree in Microbiology and her PhD in tissue engineering from the University of Leeds, UK. She has worked at the Yorkshire Regional Tissue Bank where she produced cultured keratinocytes for burns victims and leg ulcer patients. She joined the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL in 1996. Julie is now Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapy at the Institute and her group is aiming to understand the biology and therapeutic potential of stem cells. She is also the Director of the Cells for Sight Cell Therapy Research Unit, which is currently delivering stem cell therapy to human patients with blinding ocular surface and retinal disease.
Julie T Daniels

CE-Day / Masterclass / Workshop

David J. Maggs BVSc Hons, DACVO

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 where he is one of 8 ophthalmologists with 4 ophthalmology residents and an ophthalmic intern in training. He is the author of Slatter’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (now in its 6th edition), an editorial board member for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and Immediate Past President of the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology. David’s major interests are ocular surface disease and feline herpesvirus.
David J. Maggs

Sara M. Thomasy DVM, PhD, DACVO

Sara received her DVM in 2005 and a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology in 2006 from UC Davis. Following a rotating internship at North Carolina State University, she completed a comparative ophthalmology residency at UC Davis in 2010 and is a Diplomate of the ACVO. Sara is an Associate Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology in both the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine at UC Davis. She co-runs a large, interdisciplinary vision science laboratory with Drs. Christopher Murphy and Paul Russell. Her research interests include large animal models for anterior segment disease, corneal wound healing, glaucoma, and ocular pharmacology.
Sara M. Thomasy

Ingrid Allgoewer Dr. med. vet., DECVO

Born in Brazil and raised in Germany, Ingrid completed her veterinary studies in Munich and Hannover and graduated 1990 from the Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Germany. She obtained her doctoral degree Dr. med vet. from the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität in Munich and became there a faculty member at the Clinic for Small Animal Surgery and later at the Small Animal Clinic at the Freie Universität in Berlin for 10 years. Since 2000 Ingrid runs her own veterinary ophthalmologic clinic in Berlin. Ingrid served on the ECVO executive board 2000-2014 and was ECVO president 2010-2012. A co-instructor of the annual Berlin Advanced Microsurgery Course, textbook-coauthor and author of numerous articles, she was an editorial board member of German journals as well as the Journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Ingrid´s major interest is ophthalmic surgery and ocular surface disease.
Ingrid Allgoewer

Claudio Peruccio DVM, SCMPA, DECVO, Hon DACVO, MRCVS, EBVS® European & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Claudio graduated from Torino University and studied at the Veterinary Colleges in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida (USA). Speaker and lecturer in many meetings and author of scientific publications, chapters and textbooks. Founder editor of international and national journals and newsletters: Progress in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology, Progress in Veterinary Neurology, Veterinaria, Ippologia, Orizzonti Veterinary, Hereditary Eye Disease, The Globe. Founder member of international and national organizations: ECVO, ISVO, SCIVAC, SOVI, SINVET. In 1997 he has been awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) / WALTHAM International Award for Service to the Profession. In 2014 he has been nominated Honorary Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).
Claudio Peruccio

Simon Pot DECVO

Originally from the Netherlands, Simon graduated from Utrecht University in 2000 and worked as a private practitioner for a number of years before pursuing an internship in Utrecht and a residency in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 2009, he has worked as a faculty member at the Vetsuisse Faculty in Zurich, Switzerland, where he currently holds an associate professorship. He is simultaneously pursuing a PhD on corneal wound healing and fibrosis in the Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). Further research interests include advanced ocular and orbital imaging (OCT and high resolution MRI) and the treatment of corneal infection/ulceration (through corneal crosslinking amongst others).
Simon Pot

Akihiko Saito DVM, PhD, DAiCVO-Charter DJVOC

Akihiko graduated from Azabu Veterinary College in 1977, and spent seven years clinical training in general practice before he founded Triangle Animal Hospital in Tokyo in 1984. While working as a general practitioner, he completed a PhD at Rakuno Gakuen University in 2000. In 2006 he changed his clinic into the one specialized in veterinary ophthalmology, Triangle Animal Eye Clinic. Akihiko was president of International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology from 2008 to 2011, and he was selected a charter diplomate of Asian College of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Akihiko has hosted Comparative Ocular Surface Disease Workshop since 2014. His main research focus is Ocular Surface Diseases in dogs and cats.
Akihiko Saito

Rick F Sanchez BSciBiol, DVM, DipECVO, FHEA

He commenced his veterinary specialty training in the US in 1999 and completed his residency training in ophthalmology through the University of Glasgow and Eye Veterinary Clinic in the UK in 2005. He immediately joined private practice until late 2011 that he re-launched the Ophthalmology Service at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) of the University of London, where he established an ECVO Ophthalmology Residency program. He returned to private practice in 2017 (Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht - SDU) in the Netherlands. Rick is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal since 2010, and the Ophthalmology Section Editor of BMC Veterinary Research since 2018, and has active research interest in the cornea, corneal surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma.
Rick F Sanchez

Edoardo Villani MD, FEBO

Edoardo graduated from Medical School of University of Milan in 2005 and he completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 2008. At present, he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health of University of Milan and Consultant at the Eye Clinic of San Giuseppe Hospital. He devotes a major effort towards education and teaching, both in the clinical and research domain, and towards hospital-based clinical and surgical practice. His main research interests include in vivo ocular imaging, ocular surface physiopathology, and development and validation of biomarkers and surrogate endpoints for ophthalmic clinical research. Author of more than 40 publications, invited speaker in several national and international congresses, TFOS Ambassador and member of the TFOS Contact Lens Discomfort and Dry Eye (DEWS II) International Workshops, Edoardo currently serves as Section Editor for International Ophthalmology and as Editorial Board Member for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (ARVO Journal).
Edoardo Villani

HED Session

Gilles Chaudieu DV, DECVO

Gilles graduated from the French National Veterinary School of Toulouse with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1972. Since 1995, he has been a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO). He is a member of the Re-evaluation Committee of the ECVO and of the Hereditary Eye Diseases Committee of the ECVO as National Representative since 2011. He is a member of the French Society of Ophthalmology since 1990, a member of the Board since 1988 and to date the Secretary of the French Companion Animal Association (AFVAC, Association Française des Vétérinaires pour Animaux de Compagnie). He is actually Editor in chief of the AFVAC Journal: “Revue Vétérinaire Clinique” (Elsevier publisher). He was the President of the Ophthalmology Group of the AFVAC from 1994 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2003. Since 1996 until now, he has been speaker and instructor at the annual ophthalmology courses of the French Veterinary Schools of Alfort and Toulouse. Graduated as a specialist in Ophthalmology in France in 2009, he is a member of the French Council for Specialization in Veterinary Ophthalmology. He is author of several scientific papers (78) published in national and international journals, author of 3 Ophthalmology books and was a speaker in national and international meetings (230 presentations). His work is especially devoted to hereditary ocular diseases.
Gilles Chaudieu

Adolfo Guandalini DMV, PhD, DECVO, DIU Chir. RetinoVitreenne

Adolfo got his degree in Veterinary Medicine in July 1988 from the University of Perugia (“summa cum laude”). Since May 1998 he is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO). He got his PhD in Veterinary Ophthalmology in February 2001. In 2015 he obtained the DIU (Diplome InterUniversitaire) in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Medical School of the University of Dijon. He was the chairman of the Reevaluation Committee (2001-2010) of the ECVO and until 2015 he was a member of this committee. He is a member of the HED (Hereditary Eye Diseases) committee of the ECVO and chief of the Italian Panel of the ECVO diplomates. Since 1992 until 2007 he was a member of the Board of Regents of the SOVI (Italian Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology) and president in 2001-2004. Adjunct professor in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the Specialty School in Medicine and Surgery of the Horse of the University of Teramo. Since 1997 until now he is course director, speaker and instructor at the annual ophthalmology course of SOVI-SCIVAC-ESVPS. He was member of the local organizing committee of the ECVO/ESVO/ISVO/SOVI meeting in Genova (2007). He is author and co-author of several scientific papers published in national and International journals. He was a speaker in a large number of national and international meetings.
Adolfo Guandalini

Gillian J McLellan BVMS, PhD, DVOphthal, DECVO, DACVO, MRCVS

Gill graduated from Glasgow University in 1990 and worked in general practice for a few years before moving to London, where she completed a PhD and served as a lecturer in Ophthalmology. In 2000 she joined the faculty at UC-Davis, and then spent several years at Iowa State University, before moving North to Wisconsin, where she currently holds a joint faculty position in both the School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison. A European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology, Gill is a past president of the ECVO; serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology, as well as the ARVO Animals in Research Committee, and has co-authored two textbooks. Her main research focus is comparative glaucoma, and she also has a particular interest in feline inherited and infectious ocular disease.
Gillian J McLellan

Marianne Richter Dr. med. vet., DECVO

Marianne graduated from University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna in 1999 and moved to Switzerland where she became a faculty member and did her residency training at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University Zurich. From 2003 until end of 2008 she was assistant professor at the Vetsuisse Faculty, University Zurich training residents in Veterinary Ophthalmology and directing research projects focusing on Feline Herpesvirus. Following 8 years of academic career, Marianne works self-employed in 3 different private veterinary clinics. Marianne is ECVO diplomate since 2003. She was chair of the Education & Residency Committee (2005-2009), subsequent chair of the Credentials Committee (2010-2014) and at present co-chair of the Hereditary Eye Disease Committee (2015 - ).
Marianne Richter

Forum on the use of animals in research

Harry Blom PhD

Harry graduated in 1986 in Biology and obtained in 1993 a PhD in effects of housing conditions on laboratory animal welfare at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, both at Utrecht University. During the last phase of his PhD thereafter while working as a staff member at the Animal Welfare Centre at Utrecht University Harry served as project manager for the European Commission for a project focusing on the implementation and enforcement EU Directive 86/609 on animal experimentation and for a project aiming at the harmonization and enhancement of training and education in laboratory animal science in EU Member States. In 1997 Harry finished his post-doctoral laboratory animal science specialist training and has been working since as laboratory animal welfare officer, a position mandatory under Dutch Law, currently serving the Animal Welfare Body of Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht.
Harry has been involved as a co-organizer and teacher in laboratory animal science courses in 19 locations all over Europe, Turkey, S-Africa, Brazil, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Ghana. Harry has served on the boards of the Dutch association for laboratory animal science (NVP) and the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA), represented the Netherlands at the International Council of Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) and was AAALAC International Member Organization Delegate for FELASA.
Harry Blom PhD


David graduated from Bristol University in 1965, completed a PhD at Liverpool, continued his research in Cambridge and then moved to Leicester Medical School specialising in laboratory animal medicine and human anatomy. After, he went to Birmingham University where he continued his work as a laboratory animal veterinarian and set up a department of Biomedical Ethics teaching medics, nurses and vets (and anyone else who would listen!). He has published over 250 scientific papers, and sits on several editorial boards and ethics committees. He is an ethics adviser to the European Commission on research applications involving humans and animals. He is Past-President of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.
David Morton

Jane Sansom BVSC, CertVOphthal, DipOphthal, DipECVO, FRCVS

Jane graduated in 1977 from Bristol University followed by a two year internship in medicine and surgery at the university. The next ten years were spent in general practice during which time she obtained her Certificate in Ophthalmology. This was followed by the Diploma in Ophthalmology after joining the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. Jane took up the position as Head of the Ophthalmology unit in 1990. She left the Animal Health Trust in 2014.
Jane’s main interests have been in clinical work, clinical research and teaching.