AAEP Veterinarians Discuss Equine Eye Topics

AAEP Veterinarians Discuss Equine Eye Topics

The attendees discuss ophthalmic medications that equine practitioners need access to—whether that be on their truck, through a commercial pharmacy, or via a compounding pharmacy.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Approximately 40 equine veterinarians engaged in conversation about equine ophthalmology during the Ophthalmology Table Topic session during the 2013 American Association of Equine Practitioners' Convention, held Dec. 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn.

The session started with a discussion about diagnostic techniques for fungal keratitis (corneal inflammation) and also covered treatment modalities including antifungal medications, use of a subpalpebral lavage system for delivering medications to the eye, and when to change medications.

The attendees then moved on to discuss commonly and uncommonly used ophthalmic medications that equine practitioners need access to—whether that be on their truck, through a commercial pharmacy, or via a compounding pharmacy.

They also discussed the ethics of using compounded medications, including untested and unproved medications. The session finished with a discussion of equine recurrent uveitis, its diagnosis, and the possible involvement of the Leptospira bacteria.


This session was moderated by Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, assistant professor of comparative ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and Wendy Townsens, DVM, MS, assistant professor in ophthalmology at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

About the Author

Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO

Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, is a veterinary ophthalmologist at WestVet in Garden City, Idaho, Previously, she served as a veterinary eye specialist and assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. A former three-day eventer, Labelle primarily focused on ambulatory equine medicine before entering her specialty of comparative ophthalmology. In 2012, Veterinary Practice News named her among the top 25 up-and-coming veterinarians to watch.

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