2021 IEOC/an-vision, Inc. Equine Ophthalmology Consortium


an-vision, Inc./IEOC Equine Ophthalmology Symposium


The 2021 IEOC symposium schedule and has been modified to accommodate a virtual format. IEOC will continue to provide members with high-level veterinary ophthalmology education. Our Keynote presenters have generously agreed to pre-record their lectures, then attend a ‘live’ session for Q&A. Check back to learn more about the IEOC course content as it becomes available.

Registered attendees can expect to receive an email with online viewing details and instructions as well as a pdf to the notes one week prior to the meeting.

IEOC Call for Papers is open!
We encourage you to submit a case report and/or abstract submission for IEOC's virtual symposium.



Deadline to submit your call for papers has been extended to April 15, 2021. Speakers will be notified of their  presentation acceptance. Speakers must record their presentation via Zoom or Vimeo and send  the recording via Dropbox to the IEOC admin office.

The IEOC will use an inclusive platform that will allow users to register and receive links to the recordings. Registrants will have approximately one week to view the lectures. A 'live' Q&A with the Keynote presenters will be offered on June 11th and 12th, details are still being finalized.

Thank you to all our members for your continued involvement and support with the IEOC.


808 Dr. Paul E. Miller, DVM, DACVO
Clinical Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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 Ophthalmologists. He is a former President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and also serves on the editorial board for the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology.  He main research interests are glaucoma, the visual capabilities of animals, and ocular toxicology.  He has given over 450 scientific and continuing education presentations, authored more than 170 scientific publications, and edits the textbook Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology with Drs. David Maggs and Ron Ofri.  He also created and edited several editions of Ophthalmology Section of the Five Minute Veterinary Consult.

Lecture title:
“Vision in Horses:  What Do They See?”
The fundamental components of vision and visual perception in horses will be reviewed.  The discussion will cover how visual attention, luminance, visual orientation, movement, depth perception, field of view, visual acuity and color perception impact the visual world of horses.  We will also touch on why the clinician should optimize their therapeutic choices with the goal of maintaining the full scope of the patient’s visual abilities and not simply be satisfied that their patient responds to a menacing gesture and does not bump into objects.

809 Dr. Rachel Hector, DVM, MS, DACVAA
Clinical Instructor, Anesthesiology
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Colorado State University 

Growing up all over the world, one thing was a constant in my life: animals of all kinds and the desire to become a veterinarian. I could be counted on to befriend the neighborhood cats and spend more time at a party getting to know the resident dog than anyone else. I spent years working with abused and neglected horses and owned and trained horses throughout my undergraduate studies in animal sciences and subsequently veterinary school at Oregon State University. Early on in my veterinary education, I knew that I wanted to pursue specialty training because I wanted to keep learning and innovating after graduation - at first I just didn't know which specialty to choose. After veterinary school, I worked at an equine surgical referral practice outside of Vancouver, British Columbia for two years prior to completing a residency and board certification in veterinary anesthesiology at Colorado State University in 2017. My favorite thing about anesthesia is that it combines aspects of all specialties. To do it well, one must understand surgery, oncology, internal medicine, cardiology, and pharmacology to name a few. For someone with an interest in just about everything, anesthesia is the ultimate specialty. Although I love working on all species, my area of expertise and research focus is primarily equine. Some of my particular interests include equine post-operative pain management, improving anesthetic recovery safety, behavior and handling of nervous and frightened horses in a hospital setting, and anesthetic management of horses with colic and endotoxemia.

Lecture Title:
"Using Positive Reinforcement Training to Facilitate

Ophthalmologic Procedures and a Review of Standing Sedation
Strategies for Ophthalmologic Procedures"