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SARDS Grant Update

An update from Dr. Freya Mowat, recipient of the VAF’s large grant award for SARDS research:
Our first paper has been published by Veterinary Ophthalmology and is in peer review. To read the paper click here.
Freya Mowat, BVSc. Ph.D Dipl. ECVO Dipl. ACVO

VAF Announces Grant Award for Canine Glaucoma Research

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is proud to announce that our 2017 Canine Glaucoma grant, in the amount of $29,974, has been awarded to Dr. Hans Westermeyer, North Carolina State University, for his proposal, “Predicting the onset of intraocular pressure rises and retinal damage in primary angle closure glaucoma in dogs“. This two-year study will begin next week.

Advanced Phacoemulsification Course – SOLD OUT!

The VAF is very excited to partner with Bausch + Lomb to offer the Advanced Phacoemulsification course March 2-3, 2018. Details are below.

* The course has SOLD OUT.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email *

The cost of the course is $1,800.


ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF)Advanced Phacoemulsification Course

March 2nd – 3rd, 2018

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa, FL

Meeting Agenda
Friday 3/2 Arrivals in Tampa
6:30 – 9:00pm Welcome Reception All Attendees
Saturday 3/3
7:30 – 8:30am Breakfast All
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome/Opening Remarks Dr. Nancy McLean
8:45 – 10:00am Principles of Phacoemulsification Jim Smith, Bausch + Lomb
10:00 – 10:30am Break All
10:30 – 12:00pm Fancy Footwork: Cataract Surgery using the Stellaris Phaco System

My Experience with Stellaris® Elite™ and Phacoemulsification

Dr. Bill Miller,Dr. Brad Nadelstein


MD Ophthalmologist TBD

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch All
1:00 – 1:30pm Stellaris® Elite™ Technology Group In-Service Jim Smith, Bausch + Lomb Staff
1:30 – 4:30pm Phacoemulsification Wet Lab/IOL Folding Stations – 2 attendees/station Bausch + Lomb Staff
6:00 – 8:00pm Group Dinner All
Sunday, 3/4   Departures

Principles of Phacoemulsification – Gain an understanding of the key technologies that contribute to safe and effective phacoemulsification such as vacuum creation systems, Advanced Fluidics™, and ultrasound metrics.  Learn how these technologies work together to achieve effective surgical outcomes.

Fancy Footwork: Cataract Surgery using the Stellaris Phaco System –  The presentation will discuss settings, fluidics, and ultrasonic modulation to most efficiently remove cataracts of various densities.   Use of the foot peddle to quickly move between modes, sub modes, change vacuum levels and bottle height will be presented.  Videos of cataract surgeries will be used to highlight Stellaris capabilities.

Stellaris® Elite™ Technology Group In-Service – Observe a Stellaris® Elite™ in-service to gain a thorough understanding of the phacoemulsification system you will be using in the hands-on wet lab session in order to maximize your wet lab experience.

Phacoemulsification Wet Lab/IOL Folding Stations – Participate in a hands-on wet lab experience utilizing the      Stellaris® Elite™ Phacoemulsification system, and receive assistance from expertly trained Bausch + Lomb personnel and faculty.  Understand how to set and adjust settings to achieve optimal surgical outcomes. Learn the folding and injector loading techniques for the Bausch + Lomb Veterinary (formerly Acrivet) line of intraocular lenses and injectors.

VAF Issues RFP for Canine Glaucoma

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals addressing Canine Glaucoma with special emphasis on surgical therapies

The goal of this research initiative is to co-join basic and clinical research to understand the underlying disease pathogenesis and accelerate progress toward developing effective diagnostics and/or therapeutics for glaucoma.

Of particular interest to the VAF will be novel and innovative approaches to glaucoma research that will lead to timely clinical application that can benefit dogs through definitive diagnosis of glaucoma or development of treatments, particularly surgical therapies, for this devastating disease.

Deadline for Proposals:  October 23, 2017, 11:59 pm

Click here for more information, grant instructions and template.

2017 Resident Grant Award Recipients Announced

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce the 2017 Resident Grant Award recipients:

Dr. Kathleen Bedard
University of Georgia
$5,000, 18 months
Comparison of two different visual aid devices in aiding navigation in a population of irreversibly blind dogs

Dr. Samantha Pederson
Colorado State University
$3,713, 18 months
Canine corneal astigmatism following sutured dorsonasal versus dorsotemporal clear corneal incisions

Dr. Elizabeth Schaefer
The University of Missouri
$5,000, 12 months
Detection of DNA viral pathogens in canine lobular orbital adenomas

Dr. Becky Telle
University of Wisconsin-Madison
$5,000, 24 months
Development and validation of new methods to visualize conventional aqueous outflow pathways in canine glaucoma

Join the VAF for a “Charm City Celebration” in Baltimore!

Tickets are now available for the VAF’s 4th Annual Party & Auction, “A Charm City Celebration.”  This event will take place on Friday, October 13th at the ACVO Conference in Baltimore, MD.

Join us for a traditional crab boil dinner, open bar, live + silent auctions….and lots of fun!

For more information click here

VAF Hosted Canine Glaucoma Think Tank November 2016

On Saturday, November 5th the VAF hosted a Think Tank focused on “Surgical Techniques for the Treatment of Canine Glaucoma”.  The results of this meeting will be published in a White Paper and recommendations will be used to prepare an RFP to fund research on this topic.  Thank you to VAF Board member Dr. András M. Komáromy for organizing this event.

Participants were:
Dr. Dineli Bras, Centro de Especialistas Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Dr. Douglas Esson, Eye Care for Animals, Tustin, CA
Dr. Ronald Fellman, Glaucoma Associates of Texas, Dallas, TX
Dr. Larry Kagemann, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. András M. Komáromy,Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dr. Sakoyo Moroi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. John Sapienza, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY
Dr. Eric Storey, South Atlanta Animal Eye Clinic, Fayetteville, GA
Dr. Leandro Teixeira, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Dr. Carol Toris, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Terah Webb, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Columbus, OH


VAF Announces Recipient of SARDS Grant Award

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Freya Mowat of North Carolina State University has been selected as the recipient of the organization’s grant award for research to address Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARDS).

The title of the proposal is “Defining the effect of immune-mediated damage to the pineal gland in the etiopathogenesis of sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) in dogs”.  It is a two-year project, with funding to be awarded in the amount of $29,948.

Co-investigators are: Drs. Katherine Lunn, Natasha Olby, and Gianluca Tosini.

SARDS White Paper Published!

Congratulations to Dr. Andras Komáromy and the VAF Think Tank participants on the publication of the following article in Veterinary Ophthalmology:

Komáromy AM, Abrams KL, Heckenlively JR, Lundy SK, Maggs DJ, Leeth CM, MohanKumar PS, Petersen-Jones SM, Serreze DV, van der Woerdt A. Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) – a review and proposed strategies toward a better understanding of pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and therapy. Vet Ophthalmol. 2015 Jun 20. doi: 10.1111/vop.12291. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26096588.

To view the abstract, click here

The full article can also be accessed from this site. Those who do not subscribe to Veterinary Ophthalmology will need to pay a fee.

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