VAF Auction Items

2018 Auction Item Descriptions

The VAF’s silent and live auctions will take place at our “Charm City Celebration”, on Friday, October 13th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm, at Phillips Crab Deck. To purchase tickets to the event click here. If you are interested in placing a bid prior to the event, please email


1.)  4 Days/3 Nights Ritz Carlton Reserve Residence
West Beach, 
Dorado, Puerto Rico, August – October 2018
Value:  $13,500 (approximately $4,500 night)
Opening Bid: $3,000
Donated by Dr. Dineli Bras 


Experience four days/three nights of luxurious living… just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by acres of tropical forest!

Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve property, is one of the most exclusive resorts in Puerto Rico, inspired by the legacy and memorable vacation experiences of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller.

Eight people (six adults) can stay comfortably in this two-bedrooms plus pull-out sofa.

Click here for full details.

2.) Western Spirit Cycling Adventures Mountain Bike Trip
Value: $1,245
Opening Bid: $500
Donated by Western Spirit Cycling Adventures

Western Spirits, a guiding company based in Moab, Utah, has donated a guided mountain bike trip of your choice.  Their trips range from 4-7 days and take place all over the western United States. They provide (and cook!) all meals, secure all permits, have guides that lead the way, and drive a support vehicle with everything you need.  The 100-mile White Rim Trip through Canyonlands National Park is a particularly amazing trip.  Check out their website and trips at or click here to watch a video of Dr. Terah Webb’s family trip this summer!

3.) Instrument Pack
Value: $1,828
Opening Bid: $500
Donated by Sontec Instruments

The following items are included in this package:
1103-710 – Thermoplastic Instrument Tray
T15-4120 – Micro Needle Holder
13-7700 – Iris Scissors
10-1000 – Barraquer Wire Speculum
T14-2201 – Castroviejo-Colibri Forceps 1×2 .12 mm
13-3400 – Westcott Tenotomy Stitch Scissors
T12-2711 – Bechert Lens Nucleus Rotator
14-4400 – Iris Forceps 1×2 .5mm teeth
16-2480 – Wilder Lacrimal Dilator Heavy
16-5300 – Bishop-Harmon Irrigation Bulb Cannula Set

4.) Owl Photograph
Value: Priceless
Opening Bid: $250
12″ wide x 18″ high, on canvas
Donated by Dr. Dennis Olivero

5.) Hand Carved Hunting Knife
Value: Priceless
Opening Bid: $500
Donated by Dr. Bill Miller

The handle is spaulted River Birch that took Dr. Miller a year and a half to make.  Three-foot long River Birch logs are placed on short stands in the woods.  Fungi invade the logs and grow into them (that is what makes the black lines in the wood). Once developed the logs are cut into 2x2x6 inch blocks.  The blocks are then stabilized and dyed before being cut into scales and put on the knife.  The blade is D2 tool steel.  The sheath is custom fitted to the knife.



Below items are just a sample of what will be included in the Silent Auction this year!  A full list will be available soon.

Turtle Retina Ceramic Bowl
6” diameter
Donated by Dr. ‘Raine Karpinski

Dog Retina Ceramic Bowl
6” diameter
Donated by Dr. ‘Raine Karpinski

Cat Eye Ceramic Bowl
5” diameter
Donated by Dr. ‘Raine Karpinski

Dancing Bear Soapstone Sculpture
This sculpture was carved in 2010 by Nunavut artist, Jimmy Marbosive in Cape Dorset, Canada.
Donated by Dr. Dennis Olivero

Queen Angel Fish, Underwater Photograph
8 x 10 metal print with high gloss. Gator board back for easy mounting.
Donated by Dr. Bob Munger

Juvenile File Fish (Pygmy File Fish), Underwater Photograph
10 x 12 metal print with high gloss.  Gator board back for easy mounting.
Donated by Dr. Bob Munger

Two Night Stay at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Value: $750
Spend the weekend at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, a beautiful resort in New Mexico.  The resort offers world class golf, lovely pools, horseback riding, tennis, hot air balloon rides, and more. For more details, check out the resort at
Donated by the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

Lucca + Danni Evil Eye Bangle (TWO AVAILABLE!)
Value: $28
An evil eye talisman protects against curses that may be cast toward its wearer by reflecting evil and promoting strength. Handmade using brass and artisan metals.
Donated by Dr. Ken Abrams

Retinographics BPI-50 CPLR
Value: $350
The BPI-50 provides a precision red and blue light source for veterinary ophthalmology general and diagnostic use. Extremely easy to operate; full control with just 2 push buttons. Microprocessor controlled. Completely self-contained; no bulky cables or umbilicals. Small and lightweight; easily fits in pocket. No adjustments required; accurate and repeatable. Photometrically balanced illuminance (CIE 1931 photopic luminosity function). Precision optics with a well-defined beam puts light exactly where you want it.  Automatically timed,10-second high intensity output for safety and long battery life. Rechargeable Lithium ion battery; no batteries to replace. Power LED indicates battery condition.
Donated by Retinographics

iExaminer/Pan Optic Kit, Item #1142-16
Value: $1,030
The Welch Allyn iExaminer turns the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope into a mobile digital imaging device allowing you to view and take pictures of the eye like you’ve never done before. The adapter aligns the optical access of the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope to the visual axis of the iPhone camera to capture high resolution* pictures of the fundus and retinal nerve. The iExaminer App then allows you to store the pictures to a patient file or email and print them. And, because the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope provides a 5x larger view of the fundus than a standard Welch Allyn ophthalmoscope and 25° field-of-view without having to dilate the pupil, the fundus imaging can happen anytime, anywhere. Compatible with iPhone 6, 6s and 6 Plus models.
*Per iPhone Specs.  Donated by Welch Allyn

Kowa RC Fundus Camera
Camera body, no case, power box or cords.  Good for parts or for swapping out for someone who already has the rest of the stuff. Not known if this is in working condition.
Donated by UC Davis

Schiotz Tonometer
In case. Good condition.
Donated by UC Davis

OMVI Machemer Magnifying vitrectomy lens by Ocular Instruments Inc.
In box. Good condition.
Donated by UC Davis


Veterinary Ophthalmology by R.H. Smythe, MRCVS, 1956
In Good Condition
Donated by UC Davis