Join the VAF’s Canine Glaucoma Consortium for a Webinar on June 22nd!

This event is free and open to all veterinarians, but registration is required.  To sign up click here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Primary glaucomas are a leading cause of irreversible and incurable vision loss in dogs. Several genetic defects and risk loci have been identified for a few breed-specific forms of canine glaucoma, but much more work is needed. Gaining knowledge about genetic mutations is critical in our battle against canine glaucoma as this will not only allow us to decrease disease prevalence through DNA testing and selective breeding, but it will also aid in early diagnosis and in the development of more effective therapies and potential cures.

In this webinar, Dr. McLellan will review the current status of canine glaucoma genetics, including available genetic testing, and elaborate on ongoing and future research strategies that will benefit from the support of veterinary ophthalmologists.

Dr. McLellan’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. We encourage participants to contribute with questions and ideas.

Gillian J McLellan BVMS, PhD, DVOphthal, DECVO, DACVO, MRCVS is a veterinary clinician-scientist who was awarded her veterinary degree by the University of Glasgow and completed a PhD and residency training in cell biology and comparative ophthalmology at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK.  She is an Associate Professor with tenure in both the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she holds the Tim and Nancy Speaker Chair in Canine Health.  Gill has authored over 50 peer reviewed papers, as well as several book Chapters and has co-authored two textbooks (the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ophthalmology and Veterinary Ocular Pathology).  She   serves on the editorial boards of the journals Veterinary Ophthalmology and eLife and is current Chair of the Animals in Research Committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.  Her main research interests are in comparative glaucoma and diseases of the optic nerve, retina and brain and she has worked extensively with a number of breed clubs, including ongoing studies of the genetics of primary angle closure glaucoma in the Siberian Husky and Entlebucher Mountain dog.  Her work has received funding from diverse sources, including major grants from the National Institutes of Health, BrightFocus Foundation, Fight for Sight, The Marfan Foundation and Research to Prevent Blindness, as well as a current Oak Grant from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation.  

Congratulations 2020 Resident Grant Award Recipients!

The VAF is thrilled to announce the following 2020 Resident Grant award recipients:

Dr. Sarah Adelman, University of California- Davis
$5,000
Role of the corneal epithelial transmembrane mucin MUC4 in tear film stability and wound healing

Dr. Megan Cullen, Kansas State University
$5,000
Evaluation of the analgesic effects of liposomal bupivacaine (Nocita®) in client-owned dogs following enucleation 

Dr. Kourtney Dowler, University of Missouri
$5,000
Commercially available intraocular lenses commonly used in canine cataract surgery: a microbiota investigation

Dr. Katelin Quantz, Michigan State University
$5,000
Safety and efficacy of goniotomy in dogs with open-angle glaucoma (OAG)

Dr. Tara Stonex, North Carolina State University
$5,000
Does ciliary body ablation control chronic glaucoma pain?

Thank you to Grants Committee Chairs, Drs. Rachel Allbaugh and Georgina Newbold, and committee members, Drs. Heather Chandler, Andrew Lewin, Keiko Miyadera, Gina Newbold, Erin Scott, Gillian Shaw, Sara Thomasy, Kyle Tofflemire and Tomo Wiggan, for your time and energy!

VAF Awards 2 Large Grants!

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2020 Large Grant program:

Defining the Pathophysiology of Hypercoagulability in Canine Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome
Dr. Freya Mowat
University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
$30, 227

Investigation into the Genetics of Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) Multiple Ocular Coloboma
Dr. Tim Georoff
Philadelphia Zoo
$29,150

This year, the VAF has awarded a record amount – more than $81,000 – of grant funding to residents and diplomates for important research efforts.

VAF 2020 Auction Is Virtual – September 23rd- September 27th!

This year, the VAF Auction has moved online!  We have collected fantastic
items for your bidding pleasure, including artwork, handcrafted goods,
virtual classes, ophthalmology equipment and textbooks… and more!

Also, check out the VAF face masks available for purchase on the site!

You can sign up to view the items (and bid) in two ways:

1.  Text VAF2020 to 76278
OR
2.  Visit our auction website: https://VAF2020.givesmart.com

Bidding will be open from September 23rd – September 37th.  You will be
alerted when the auction goes live so you can start bidding on your
favorite items!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Canine Glaucoma White Paper Published

A white paper, authored by invited participants in the ACVO Vision for Animal Foundation (VAF)’s Canine Glaucoma Think Tank (November 2017) and Canine Glaucoma Consortium*, has been published in Veterinary Ophthalmology.  The article, “The future of canine glaucoma therapy”, is published Open Access thanks to funding provided by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal. 

*Authors: András M. Komáromy, Dineli Bras, Douglas W. Esson, Ronald L. Fellman, Sinisa D. Grozdanic, Larry Kagemann, Paul E. Miller, Sayoko E. Moroi, Caryn E. Plummer, John S. Sapienza, Eric S. Storey, Leandro B. Texeira, Carol B. Toris, Terah R. Webb.

Make Your Year-End Gift to the VAF!

Please consider making a year-end contribution to the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF)!

To make a donation click here

The organization continues to expand programming thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many committed volunteers, corporate sponsors, partners and supporters like YOU!

In 2018, the VAF’s activities included the following:

  • Awarding a grant of $29,974 to Dr. Hans Westermeyer, North Carolina State University, for his two-year study, “Predicting the onset of intraocular pressure rises and retinal damage in primary angle closure glaucoma in dogs” and three grants, totaling $14,785, to ABVO residents.
  • Issuing a Request for Proposals for the newly created Founders Clinical Research Grants, in honor of the founders of the ACVO.  The goal of this initiative is to promote clinical research by ACVO board-certified diplomates in private practice or academia.
  • Launching the Canine Glaucoma Consortium to further advance research in this area.
  • Partnering with Bausch + Lomb to offer an Advanced Phacoemulsification Course. The VAF continues to work with Bausch + Lomb with the goal of providing future CE courses.
  • Hosting the “Purple Rain Party” fundraiser at the ACVO Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The VAF’s 5th annual event raised more than $55,000, including $38,500 in corporate sponsorship.
  • Developing a new Strategic Plan that will guide the organization’s activities in 2019-2021.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

VAF Purple Rain Party Raised $55,751!

The Purple Rain Party on September 28th in Minneapolis raised a record $55,751 to benefit the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF)’s grant making programs.  The VAF thanks all who joined in the ‘80’s style fun at the Walker Art Center and those who contributed items to the live and silent auction.

The VAF is grateful for the support of the following sponsors:

Hero ($5,000): Eye Care for Animals, Stokes Pharmacy, VCA Canada and VCA

Best Friend ($2,500): Animal Eye Guys, Dr. Dan Lorimer and Taylors Pharmacy

Companion ($1,000):  An-Vision, BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospitals, Diamondback Drugs, I-Med, Iridex, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Ocu Glo Vision Supplement, OcuScience, Sontec Instruments, Spot On Specialties and Veterinary Eye Care/Dr. Susan Nelms

The organization also thanks Dr. Terah Webb for serving as the announcer for the “Heads or Tails” raffle game, sponsored by Dan Scott & Associates, and Dr. Bill Miller for his service as the auctioneer.

The Purple Rain Party was organized by the fantastic VAF Auction Committee: Dr. Rachel Keller Vaughan (Chair) and Drs. Heather Kaese, Claire Latimer, Danielle Paglia, Caryn Plummer and Susan Nelms.

  

  

VAF Issues RFP for Clinical Research Grant

The VAF is now calling for proposals for a Founders Clinical Research Grant in honor of the founders of the ACVO. The goal of this initiative is to promote clinical research by ACVO board-certified diplomates in private practice or academia. The award will be a maximum of $10,000 (indirect costs are not allowed). All meritorious grant proposals will be considered for funding.

In addition, in recognition of the challenges of conducting the high quality clinical studies that are the target for this program, the timeline for grant reporting has also been revised.

Projects must now be completed by and presented to the ACVO Conference in 2022, instead of the previous 2021 deadline, with an interim progress report to the VAF by May 2021.

Grant applicants are due by February 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Funding decisions will be announced by May 2019.

For more information click here

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.

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

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