Small Animal Ophthalmic Surgery

Start date: 10 October 2024

Duration: 9am – 5pm

Location: Duggan Veterinary, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, E41 E7K7

Certificate: Pending CVE Points

Cost: €440

Programme overview

XLVets Skillnet are hosting a "Small Animal Ophthalmic Surgery" event on Thursday 10th October 2024.The aim of the course is to improve your confidence and proficiency in performing common ophthalmic procedures through learning basic ophthalmic surgery skills. More complex procedures can build from this, but doing the simpler procedure well sometimes gives the best outcome. We will focus on eyelid surgery, third eyelid surgery and eye globe surgery.

This hands-on practical training course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques involved in these important surgeries. By the end of the practical cadaver session, participants will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to perform these surgeries with more confidence, improving your skill set and patient outcomes.

Event Details

Leaning Outcomes-

To understand the principles of ophthalmic surgery –

– Surgical instruments, suture and magnification
– Patient and surgery positioning
– Sterile preparation of the eye and adnexa
– Ophthalmic analgesia and ananesthsia
– Principles of post-operative care
– To learn and improve surgical techniques
– Entropion, eyelid mass removal, third eyelid surgery and enucleation


Natasha Mitchell  MVB DVOphthal MRCVS
After graduating from University College Dublin with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Natasha worked in Australia and the UK, where she developed a keen interest in ophthalmology. She obtained an RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2004. She later joined the Eye Veterinary Clinic in Herefordshire where she completed an alternative residency programme for the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology which she obtained in 2011.

Natasha is a Veterinary Council of Ireland recognised specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. She has published journal articles, textbook chapters and two textbooks, as well as creating education apps in veterinary ophthalmology. She is a panellist for the BVA/KC/ISDS scheme and offers eye testing in dogs. She is a Mentor for the Fellowship in Veterinary Ophthalmology provided by the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS).

About XLVets Skillnet:

Established in 2011, XLVets Skillnet is a not-for-profit Learning Network co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and our member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Of the 70+ Skillnet Ireland Learning Networks, we are the only Network dedicated exclusively to supporting the veterinary sector in Ireland. We do this through the provision of high-quality, sector-led, subsidised training and education.

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