Edinburgh, Scotland UK - 2023

829 2023 IEOC an-vision Symposium

Edinburgh, Scotland
June 1-3, 2023














Thank you to all who are attending, the IEOC/an-vision Symposium in Scotland is completely full. We cannot accommodate any more registrations and NO WALK-UP REGISTRATIONS. Please do not plan to walk up as we physically do not have room to accommodate any more attendees at the event. We are excited to be back in 'full force' after COVID, and a small meeting in the States last year...look forward to seeing everyone soon.


Welcome Letter with instructions about arrival, tips, expectations and Castle Dinner (please read!)

Proceedings Digital Book (if you've had problems accessing, please try this new link)

Detailed Schedule & Speaker Presentations

Presentation reminders & tips

Moderator Guidelines

Trainee Awards information
There will be nine presenters who can qualify for the awards. Judges will use a rubric on-site, and awards will be given during the business meeting.

IEOC Business Meeting
Please plan to attend on Saturday at close of session, 30 minutes, future meeting locations are selected, brief business conducted and trainee awards made.


Thank you an-vision, our name-sake sponsor!



Registration is Closed

We are completely full, please do not plan to walk-up register we do not have space to accommodate additional attendees.


Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Center

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre is located in the heart of the historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh's old town, just a short walk to major city center attractions. Walk to the iconic Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament, and Edinburgh's famous shopping thoroughfare, Princes street. The hotel is also within easy reach of Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Park. Arthur's Seat, the park's highest point, has stunning views of the Scottish capital. General hotel information.

The room block is closed. On-site parking is available for hotel guests for $18USD.

Note: All attendees who are staying at the Radisson Blu, your breakfast is provided by the hotel. IEOC is not providing a separate breakfast for attendees not staying at the facility. Coffee and drinks will be provided for those arriving in the morning at the session room.

Trainee Awards - Saturday

If they choose to participate, trainees presenting at the Symposium may qualify to receive one of three awards for best presentation. Thanks to an anonymous, member-donor, winners will be evaluated on-site and could be awarded $1,500USD for first place, $1,000USD for second place and $750USD for third place prizes.

Evaluations will be made during the presentations by judges, awards will be presented during the IEOC Business Meeting at the close of presentations approximately 5:15pm on Saturday. Please plan to stay and participate.

State of the Art Speaker - Friday
Sponsored by Eickemeyer - Veterinary Technology for life

842 Prof. Dr. Cornelia A. Deeg
Chair of Animal Physiology, Department of Veterinary Sciences, LMU Munich

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Deeg studied veterinary medicine at the University of Munich until 1994 and did her doctorate at the veterinary faculty from 1995 to 1997. She remained true to her university as a postdoc and habilitated there in 2006 with a thesis on immune reactions in horses with uveitis. The work was awarded the best habilitation by the Academy for Animal Health in 2007.

Since 2013, the double specialist veterinarian - for immunology and for physiology - has been an adjunct professor for veterinary physiology without a time limit and heads a working group at the Chair of Animal Physiology at the University of Munich.

Her outstanding insights into the pathogenesis of equine uveitis, an autoimmune disease of the horse's eye, gave her an unusual career path in human medicine, since the disease has a similar course in humans. In May 2015, Deeg was appointed university professor (W2) for experimental ophthalmology at the University of Marburg – in the medical faculty.

Title: 'Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU)'
Part A: What has Happened so Far in ERU Research
Part B: Current Research Directions and Results from my Group

ERU is a disease that veterinarians have been dealing with for centuries. It is now clear that it is an immune-mediated disease and is treated accordingly with anti-inflammatory therapy. Nevertheless, the main pathogenesis mechanisms are still unclear. These include, in particular, the initial triggers of the disease, the relatively high proportion of horses with ERU in the equine population, and the differential susceptibility to ERU of horses in the same herd. Our group has been studying the immune response of these horses, analyzing blood cells, soluble factors and the interaction with cells of the eye. In this presentation we will summarize proof-of-principle experiments with the results and give an insight into what we are currently studying and what are new aspects in uveitis.

State of the Art Speaker - Saturday

843 Dr. Fernando Malalana, DVM
RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
Senior Lecturer in Equine Internal Medicine
The Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, Leahurst
University of Liverpool

I graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2001 followed by 6 years in mixed practice in East Yorkshire, UK. In 2008 I moved to the University of Liverpool where I completed an ECEIM residency in Equine Internal Medicine. I am a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine since 2011 and currently work as a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool. In 2021 I completed a PhD on the Epidemiology of Uveitis. I am interested in all aspects of Equine Medicine but have a particular interest in general ophthalmology, ophthalmic oncology and ophthalmic imaging.

Title: 'Ocular Oncology in Horses'
The lecture will review the most common tumours affecting the periocular structures and globe in horses such as squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. It will cover aspects such as epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis for these conditions. In addition, other less commonly reported tumours such as lymphoma, vascular tumours, mast cell tumour, etc, will also be discussed.

General Schedule

Lunch provided daily with vendors in the Cannongate Room. Breakfast is provided to hotel guests in the hotel restaurant, included with the room.

5:30 - 8:00PM Welcome Reception in the Dunedin Room

Friday Symposium
8:00am - 5:00pm  General Session, Keynotes speak for the first two hours.
7:00pm  Edinburgh Castle Dinner (Walk on own and meet outside gates at 6:5opm. Tickets required)

Saturday Symposium
8:00am - 5:00pm  General Session, Keynotes speak for the first two hours.

(View the specific schedule pdf linked above for presentation/schedule details.)

Edinburgh Castle Dinner & Crown Jewels Event

Registration is full, walk-up tickets are not available.

The IEOC has planned a wonderful evening to explore portions of the Edinburgh Castle with our IEOC friends Friday evening. IEOC will be provided a private tour of the Scottish crown jewels room and reception, three course meal in the Queen Anne Dining Room that includes up to two glasses of wine with dinner, while enjoying an accompanying harpist. Other surprises may occur, but the evening will be planned from approximately 7pm - 11pm, with optional drinks to purchase after the dinner for those who wish to linger.

Attendees should be aware there is a .4 mile casual walk to the Castle, and back. We will meet at 6:50 to enter at 7pm. Transportation will not be provided.

Thank you to the following generous members who helped sponsor this event to bring down pricing!

Animal Eye Consultants Ltd'
Claudia Hartley Veterinary Ophthalmology Consultant
Tim and Meg Knot, The Equine Eye Clinic