Invited Speakers

Michael Davidson, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Mike Davidson is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee. Mike completed an internship and residency training program, and is currently Professor of Ophthalmology at North Carolina State University, where he has been on the faculty for the past 28 years. He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific publications and chapters on diverse topics including optics and refraction, infectious diseases, cataract surgery and intraocular lenses, and capsular opacification. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the distinguished Norden Award and is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Mike became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) in 1987 and has served as chair of the ACVO Examination Committee, Board of Regents, President, and Vision for Animals Foundation Board. He is currently a member of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He coordinated the 1998-2004, and 2008-2016 ACVO Basic Science Course and chairs the Executive Committee for the North Carolina Veterinary Conference. Mike served on the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board from 2006-2011.

Christine Heinrich, DVOphthal, DECVO, MRCVS

Christine graduated from Munich Veterinary School, Germany in 1995. Immediately afterwards, Christine moved to the UK where she completed an internship followed by a residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. Christine holds both the RCVS and the ECVO Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology and has been an RCVS Specialist in her discipline since 2001. Christine is the owner of the Eye Veterinary Clinic in Leominster where together with 3 other ophthalmologists, she runs a dedicated ophthalmic referral service. Christine enjoys her clinical workload but loves to remain active in the teaching of veterinary ophthalmology both to general practitioners and residents under the ECVO program.

Richard J. McMullen Jr., Dr. med. vet. , CAQ (Equine Ophthalmology, Germany), DECVO, DACVO

Richard graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich in 2002, and immediately joined LMU’s Clinic for Horses. Upon completion of his doctorate and advanced certification in equine ophthalmology in 2006 he moved to Raleigh, NC for a residency in comparative ophthalmology at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Following completion of his residency, Richard remained on faculty at NCSU until 2012. In January, 2013 Richard returned to Germany to establish the equine ophthalmology service at the Equine Clinic Munich-Riem. In January, 2017 Richard once again returned to the U.S. to join ophthalmology service at Auburn University. Richard serves on the ECVO Scientific Committee, and is a board member of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium (IEOC). Richard’s research interests are anchored in clinical equine ophthalmology and vision, as well as ophthalmic photography and standing ophthalmic surgery in horses.

Paul E. Miller, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Miller is a Clinical Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmogists. He also serves on the editorial board for the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology. He main research interests are the visual capabilities of animals, glaucoma and ocular toxicology. He has given over 250 scientific and continuing education presentations, authored more than 125 scientific publications, and edits the textbook Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology and the ophthalmology section of the Five Minute Veterinary Consult.

Jacques Penderis, BVSc, MVM, PhD, CertVR, DECVN, MRCVS, RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Jacques is head of Vet Extra Neurology, providing specialist neurology referral services in Scotland. Jacques is enthusiastic about clinical neurology, a subject he has extensive experience of. Jacques graduated from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort), completed an Internship at the RVC, a Residency and Masters in Neurology at the University of Glasgow and obtained his PhD on CNS Repair from Cambridge University. The University of Glasgow awarded Jacques a personal Professorship in 2009, as Professor of Comparative Neurology, where he was also Head of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Jacques is a Past President of the European College of Veterinary Neurology, past Head of Clinical Neurology at the Animal Health Trust and was awarded the ECVN John Presthus prize and the 2014 BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine/surgery.

Simon M Petersen-Jones, DVetMed, PhD, DVOphthal, DECVO, MRCVS

Simon is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, London. After 18 months in private practice in England he returned to the RVC as a resident under Peter Bedford. He then held a faculty position at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences before moving to Cambridge University as a Wellcome Trust Veterinary Career Development Fellow. At Cambridge he completed a PhD under David Sargan. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty at Michigan State University where he has advanced through the ranks to full professor. He was appointed as the first Myers-Dunlap Endowed Chair in Canine Health. As well as clinical and administrative duties he runs an active research group focusing on characterization of and therapy for hereditary retinal conditions. He has been awarded the BSAVA Simon Award and Pfizer Research Awards both in the UK and in the USA.

Prof. Dr.h.c.mult. Eberhart Zrenner

Prof. Zrenner obtained his MD degree in 1972. Subsequently he worked within the Max-Planck-Society for 16 years and received a Fogarty fellowship at the National Eye Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA, studying function of monkey retina. After Habilitation he did a residency at the University Eye Hospital in Munich, later on receiving there an associated professorship. He became full professor and Chairman at University Eye Hospital in Tuebingen in 1989, now Center for Ophthalmology. There he founded the Institute for Ophthalmic Research and runs a special clinic for hereditary retinal degenerations. He is now Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Speaker of the Center for Neurosensory system., He has received numerous grants and awards, two honorary Doctoral Degrees and has published approximately 510 peer reviewed papers (see home page: ), cited 19.460 times, with h-Index of 68.