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– Nov. 9, 2023 –

Ophthalmic Examination Techniques (1/2)

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  • Date: Nov. 9, 2023
  • Venue: Viticus Group, Oquendo Center | Las Vegas, NV
  • Category: Opthalmic
  • Enrollment Capacity: 24
  • CE Hours: 8
  • Cost $1,200
  • Instructors
    • David Maggs DVM, BVSc, DACVO
    • Sara Thomasy DVM, PhD, DACVO
  • Part 2: Ophthalmic Surgery for the GP


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Ophthalmic Examination Techniques

Come to one or stay for both! This is a pair of practical labs with the first being a one-day session on how to perform a complete ophthalmic examination, and the second being a 2-day session on ophthalmic surgical techniques. The 2 labs run over 3 consecutive days but the material in each stands alone so that you can come to either one or attend both. And the information gained will be useful in all species. We will use dogs and cats as our patients for the examination lab and cadaver pig, dog, and cat eyes for the surgical lab. However, the examination and surgical skills you will acquire will be applicable across all domestic species.

Examination Lab: The first lab is designed to improve your skills and understanding of the ophthalmic examination from front to back. We will place special emphasis on performing a high-yield ophthalmic exam using the instruments already in your clinic, choosing the best diagnostic tests, and knowing what to do in the right order. How do I flush the nasolacrimal duct? Which ophthalmoscope is better? How do I do a better fundic exam? Which patients need their intraocular pressure measured and which tonometer should I use? Which patients need fluorescein staining? Schirmer tear testing? How do I tell uveitis, conjunctivitis, and glaucoma apart?

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David Maggs DVM, BVSc, DACVO



Sara Thomasy DVM, PhD, DACVO

Learning Objectives - Ophthalmic examination techniques (1/2)

Hands-on training led by expert instructors equals enhanced proficiency and improved surgical skills. Build your confidence with accuracy and efficiency:

  • To perform and interpret findings from a complete neuro-ophthalmic examination (cranial nerves; responses and reflexes)
  • To perform and interpret findings from a complete examination of the anterior segment (eyelids, conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, anterior chamber, iris, and lens)
  • To perform and interpret findings from a complete fundic examination (vitreous, choroid, tapetum, retina, and optic nerve)
  • To perform and interpret findings from common ophthalmic diagnostic tests (aqueous flare, Schirmer tear test, fluorescein stain, tearfilm breakup time, nasolacrimal flush, rebound and applanation tonometry)

Viticus Group’s official lodging partner is Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley. Special lodging discounts are available to participants attending courses at the Viticus Center. Please make these arrangements once you have purchased your course by calling 702.434.4700 and be sure to mention that you are attending a course at the Viticus Center.  To make a reservation online with our discounted rate, please click here. 

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley
2800 North Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89014
Toll-free: 702.434.4700

Courtyard Lodging + Travel Includes: 

  • Airport Pick up: Available on request, 7 days a week starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p

  • Guests will need to call the hotel upon arrival (702.434.4700) after they pick up their luggage. At that time, they will be informed of the area they will be picked up and a shuttle driver will be sent by the hotel.

  • Airport drop-off: All drop-offs are every two hours, starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p. Please sign up at the front desk at least 1 hour prior to departing.

Viticus Group Transportation Includes: 

  • Shuttle pick-up at the Courtyard 45 minutes prior to the start of your course start time and a short ride to the Viticus Center.

  • At the close of each day, our shuttle will take you back to the Hotel.

  • Last Day Transportation: Shuttle provided both to the airport, and back to the Hotel. (Luggage storage available on campus)

  • If you are a Las Vegas local, or are driving yourself to the course, please arrive to the Oquendo Campus 30 minutes before the start time.

** Please refer to the agenda and email updates for transportation times.**


Public transportation in Las Vegas is limited. If you are staying somewhere other than our preferred partner, you will need to arrange for your transportation to and from the Viticus Center. If you are renting a car, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and several other hotels on the strip may charge for parking. Other transportation options for getting around are taxi service, Uber and Lyft.


  1. Scrubs are available upon your arrival if needed.
  2. Closed-toe shoes are required during labs.
  3. A light sweater for indoor areas.
  4. Plenty of sunscreen.
  5. Electronic charging device to power up.
  6. Valid ID - We highly recommend you carry your ID at all times in Las Vegas.


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