Annual Scientific Meeting of the
European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 2022

June 2 – 5, 2022 Salzburg, Austria



State of the Art Lucture

Prof. Sarah Coupland

Prof. Sarah Coupland is a senior Consultant Histopathologist at the Liverpool University Foundation Hospital Trusts, Liverpool, UK, with expertise in Ophthalmic Pathology, Haematopathology, Molecular and Digital Pathology, and Biobanking.

In 2006, Prof. Coupland established the ‘Liverpool-Ocular-Oncology-Research-Group’, a multidisciplinary team, focussing on ocular melanomas, lymphomas, and other eye cancers. She is the ‘George Holt Chair of Pathology’ at the University of Liverpool (UoL) (>2013).

Prof. Coupland is the current Vice President (Communications) and Genomics Lead of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath). She is also General Secretary of the “Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland”.

She has published ~330 scientific articles (H-index:55/Scopus), has written ~150 Chapters, including some within the UICC/TNM Staging system for Ophthalmic Tumours, as well as the WHO ‘Blue’ Tumour Volumes.

She has won several awards for research and teaching, including the International Council of Ophthalmology’s ‘Eye Pathology Award’ & the 2019 RCPath Excellence Award. She was included in the “Pathologist Power Lists” of 2019, 2020 and 2021, and was also listed in the ‘Top 100 Influential Women in Ophthalmology’ in 2021.


Emma Scurrell

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Pathology

Emma Scurrell graduated from Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria), South Africa in 2001 and moved to the UK in 2002. After two years in general practice she completed a clinical internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists and subsequently returned to general practice with a focus on clinical ophthalmology for a year. Emma then went on to complete a pathology residency at the Royal Veterinary College in London and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2008. She is currently the owner of CytoPath Ltd., a diagnostic veterinary laboratory in Herefordshire UK and has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of diagnostic ophthalmic pathology. Emma is also involved in teaching ocular pathology at the ECVP/ESVP Summer School and working with the ophthalmology residents to fulfil their ocular pathology training requirements.

Dr. Irina Gramer

Dr. med. vet., DipECVIM-CA (Oncology), PGCert VetEd, MRCVS, FHEA
RCVS recognized Specialist in Oncology
Lecturer in Oncology, Head of Oncology Service
Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, UK

Irina graduated from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, in 2010, after which she completed her doctoral thesis on the influence of polymorphisms and certain transporter carriers (e. g. MDR1) on lymphoma treatment outcome in dogs as well as chemotherapy susceptibility. Following two years in general practice, she moved to the UK where she completed an internship in oncology at the VRCC (now Southfields) in 2014. Irina started her residency in small animal oncology at the University of Liverpool, becoming an ECVIM oncology diplomate with RCVS recognition in 2017. After working as Clinician at Davies Veterinary Specialists for two years, she joined the RVC as Lecturer in Oncology in 2019. The same year she became head of the service. She founded Oncology Camp Ltd. for residents, interns and interested first-opinion practitioners in 2018. She currently is a member of the ECVIM education committee and is director of the ECVIM oncology residency training programme at the RVC. She further is a board member of the ESVONC committee.

CE-Day / MasterClass

Dr. Brad Matz

Dr. Matz completed veterinary school in 2008 at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduating as a Giles scholar. He went to Auburn University for a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery following veterinary school. In 2009, he was accepted to a small animal surgical residency at Auburn which was completed in 2012. Following residency, Dr. Matz completed a surgical oncology fellowship also at Auburn. He achieved board certification with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology status in 2014. He is now an associate professor of small animal soft tissue surgery and the Robert and Charlotte Lowder Distinguished Professor in Oncology at Auburn. Dr. Matz has been actively involved in resident education and has trained 10 surgery residents, 1 surgical oncology fellow and 5 surgical interns over the previous 10 years. Dr. Matz is primarily involved in the surgical treatment of small animal cancer but also performs general soft tissue surgery. He is very excited to be able to present at the ECVO meeting.

Dr. Carolina Naranjo

Carolina (Carol) Naranjo graduated from Veterinary School at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where she also obtained a PhD. She completed a 1-year fellowship on ocular pathology at the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) under the supervision of Dr. Richard Dubielzig. She transitioned into a 3-year residency program in anatomic pathology at the University of Wisconsin. She is a diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP and ECVP). She was assistant professor at the UAB and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is currently working at IDEXX Laboratories in Barcelona (Spain).

Dr. Christopher Reilly

SpecialtyVETPATH, Seattle, WA, USA

Christopher (known by Reilly to most) graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (North Grafton, MA) in 2002 before completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, New York. From there, he completed a 1-year fellowship in Ocular Pathology at the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin, under Dr. Richard Dubielzig. His formal residency training was completed at University of California, Davis (UCD), becoming boarded in anatomic pathology in 2007, and spent 1 year in corporate diagnostics before returning to UC Davis on the clinical faculty. In 2016, he launched Insight Veterinary Specialty Pathology in Austin, TX before relocating back to Davis, CA. He co-founded the Specialty Vetpath Alliance in 2020, which is an independent resource of continuing education, leadership and business content, and, more recently, on-site social events for clinicians, pathologists, and trainees involved in specialty pathology arenas. In 2022, he merged Insight VSP with SpecialtyVETPATH (SVP), joining the existing SVP team in Seattle, WA in spring of 2022. His focus is on diagnostic ocular pathology, clinicopathologic correlation, and independent pathology outreach, with disease focus on glaucoma, intraocular neoplasia, and post-operative assessment.

Kelly L. Bowlt Blacklock


Kelly graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and after 18 months in small animal general practice, completed a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and a three-year ECVS approved residency programme in the Small Animal Surgery at the University of Bristol. Kelly joined the Animal Health Trust in 2011 and was awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool for studies into the genetics of metastasis in canine cancer. In 2019, Kelly returned to the R(D)SVS as a senior lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, where she is involved in the clinical service, teaching, and research into the genetic basic and functional aspects of canine cancers. She is a Research Fellow at the Patton Lab in the Institute of Genetics and Cancer, where she studies metastasis of canine oral melanoma.

Kelly is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. She works within the soft tissue surgical service, providing cutting-edge specialist surgical care for small animals, and has a particular interest in surgical oncology. She provides tuition of small animal surgical theory and practice to veterinary undergraduate and postgraduate students, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is a staunch supporter of women in science.

Prof. Robert Cole

Professor of Diagnostic Imaging
Auburn University, Auburn Alabama

Bob graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After 4 years in general mixed animal practice he started a residency in radiology at the University of Tennessee which was completed in 2005. He then joined the faculty at Texas A&M as a clinical assistant professor. In 2007 he relocated to Dallas Texas as an imaging director in a private referral hospital before returning to Auburn University in 2012. He achieved board certification in Equine diagnostic imaging in 2019. He is currently a professor in the department of clinical sciences. His research interest have included equine lameness and small animal ultrasound.

Carol Naranjo

CE/MC histopath

Chris Reilly

CE/MC histopath

Brad Matz

CE/MC orbital surgery

Kelly Bowlt-Blacklock

CE/MC orbital surgery

Emma Scurrell

CE/MC sampling techniques/diagnosis

Irena Gramer

CE possibilities with chemotherapy

Robert "Bob" Cole

CE +/- MC 

Sarah Coupland

SOTAL – Ocular Melanoma


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Oct 26th – 29th, 2022

Important dates

December 13, 2021
Opening abstract submission

February 28, 2022
Opening online registration

March 21, 2022 (prolonged)
Deadline abstract submission

April 2022
Acceptance notification abstracts

April 30, 2022
Deadline “early bird” registration

June 2 – 5, 2022
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