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03/Jun/2024

Dr+Vet will be one of the main sponsors of the next IVO Veterinary Ophthalmology Day: Practical Clinical Cases of the Anterior Segment!

This event will take place on June 15, 2024, from 9:00 to 18:15 at the IMO Auditorium in Barcelona, and will also be available in streaming for those who cannot attend in person.

About the Event

At Dr+Vet, we are committed to the advancement of veterinary ophthalmology. Our participation in this prestigious event, which will feature high-level experts, reflects our continuous effort to contribute to the development of innovative solutions that improve ocular health and the quality of life of patients.

We cordially invite you to participate in this event specialized in Clinical Case Studies of the Anterior Segment. This event promises to be an enriching and educational experience for all animal health professionals interested in veterinary ophthalmology.

During this meeting, we will explore real clinical cases of the anterior segment of the eye, learn from experts in the field and share valuable insights with industry colleagues. We strongly believe in the importance of collaborating with colleagues committed to the advancement of veterinary medicine, thus strengthening our commitment to excellence in veterinary ophthalmology.

Preprogram

The program is subject to change and will be updated as details are finalized.

9:00 h – Registration and accreditation.
9:25 a.m. – Presentation of the day.
9:30 h – Session 1: Cases of palpebral and conjunctival pathology.
11:00 h – Coffee Break.
11:30 h – Session 2: Dry eye cases.
12:30 h – Session 3: Cases of infectious keratitis.
14:00 h – Lunch.
15:00 h – Session 4: Cases of non-infectious corneal pathology.
16:00 h – Session 5: Surgical cases of corneal and conjunctival pathology 1.
16:45 h – Coffee Break.
17:15 h – Session 6: Surgical cases of corneal and conjunctival pathology 2.
18:15 h – End of the day.

Speakers

The event will count with the participation of outstanding professionals in veterinary ophthalmology:

Kevin Arteaga, VMC Veterinari Medical Center (Hong Kong). Online participation.
Marti Cairó, Hospital Veterinari Canis (Girona).
Francisco Cantero, UAB (Bellaterra).
Miriam Caro, Hospital Veterinario Puchol (Madrid).
Laura Castilla, MEMVET (Palma de Mallorca). Online participation.
Victoria Espejo, Visualvet (Portugalete).
Marcos Izquierdo, IVEM (Valencia).
Monica de León, OFTALVET (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
Juan Maestro, MEMVET (Palma de Mallorca).
María Martinez, IVEM (Valencia).
Maribel Molina, Centre Veterinari El Passeig (Tarragona).
Laura Muñoz, OCULARVET (Madrid).
Carolina Naranjo, Lab IDEXX (Barcelona).
Raquel Prats, IVO (Ibiza).
Francisco Simó, IVO (Barcelona).
Maria Simó, IVO (Barcelona).
Esther Torrent, Lab IDEXX (Barcelona).
Maria Tohidi, IVO (Barcelona).

Registration

Registration is now open! You can register by filling out the form on the IVO Ophthalmology website. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of an event that promises to be inspiring and educational.

Conclusion

We are proud to support these initiatives that promote knowledge and the advancement of veterinary ophthalmology. We look forward to connecting with all attendees and sharing our latest advances in treatments. see you soon!

We look forward to having you attend this unique and enriching day!


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22/May/2024

Veterinary ophthalmology is a complex and constantly evolving field, where research, innovation and collaboration are key to advancing pet eye care.

As passionate as we are about animal welfare and eye health, we are proud to announce our participation as sponsors of the 2024 European Congress of the European Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ECVO). This annual event is the epicenter of veterinary ophthalmology in Europe, bringing together the best specialists, researchers and practitioners in the field to share knowledge, present scientific advances and make meaningful connections.

Each year, ECVO hosts its annual congress in a major European city, providing a unique platform for the exchange of ideas, discussion of clinical cases and continuous learning. Over four intense days, the congress covers a wide range of topics related to veterinary ophthalmology, from the presentation of pioneering research to the discussion of innovative surgical techniques.

The 2024 program

The 2024 European Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ECVO) Congress promises to be exceptional, with a special focus on exotic animal ophthalmology. Under the theme “Ophthalmology of Exotic Animals,” the continuing education program and master class will explore the anatomical and physiological peculiarities of the eyes of reptiles, birds, rabbits and other exotic animals. Experts from Europe and the United States will share their knowledge on ophthalmological examination, husbandry and handling techniques of these animals. In addition, clinical cases, scientific research and advances in the field will be presented, providing a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in veterinary ophthalmology.

Our Participation in ECVO 2024

As leaders in the field of ophthalmic nutraceuticals, we at Dr+Vet are committed to the advancement of veterinary ophthalmology and the ocular care of our pets. During the congress, we will have the opportunity to present our latest advances in ophthalmological products, share our expertise and establish connections with other professionals in the industry. It is also a good opportunity to get a closer look at our products and we will be happy to introduce you to our range and discuss how they can benefit your patients!

See you at ECVO 2024!


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10/Apr/2024

On Wednesday 3rd April, Dr+Vet was honoured to welcome leading veterinary ophthalmologist Maria Simó for our first webinar on Keratoconjunctivitis Seca (KCS) in dogs. During this virtual event, María Simó shared her knowledge and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of this common but often underestimated eye disease. Today, we can finally announce that the full video, with subtitles in English (and other languages automatically), is available for viewing on our blog and our YouTube channel! Attached to this article, you will find the direct link to the video so you can access it and deepen the knowledge shared by María Simó.

About Maria Simó:

Maria Simó is a renowned veterinary ophthalmologist with a solid background and extensive experience in the field of veterinary ophthalmology. Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, María has completed several postgraduate courses and works as an ophthalmologist at the prestigious Instituto Veterinario Oftalmológico (IVO) in Barcelona.

Contenido del Webinar:

Maria Simó talked us through the basics of Keratoconjunctivitis Seca, from diagnostic methods to the most effective treatment options, exploring in detail how to approach this disease in a comprehensive way.

One of the main conclusions of the webinar was the importance of not relying solely on the Schirmer test to diagnose KCS. María Simó emphasised the need for a complete and detailed assessment, as well as the use of additional diagnostic tools for a correct diagnosis, as without all the information, ineffective treatments may be prescribed. She also talked about the importance of referring cases that do not resolve correctly in order to fully evaluate them.

 

We thank all participants for their support.

The webinar on Keratoconjunctivitis Seca with Maria Simó was a great success, and we would like to thank everyone who joined us for this educational event. We hope that this resource will be a valuable source of information for all veterinarians interested in veterinary ophthalmology. Feel free to check out the full video and share it with your colleagues.

Stay tuned to our social media and website for more information on future of Dr+Vet events and educational resources!


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10/Apr/2024

Dr+Vet presents its new Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Keratoconjunctivitis Seca in Companion Pets

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest initiative: the Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Keratoconjunctivitis Seca (KCS) in Companion Animals. This guide has been designed to provide veterinarians with a tool to address this common ocular pathology in pets.

KCS, also known as dry eye, is a disease that affects the ocular health of animals, causing discomfort and, in severe cases, permanent damage to the cornea and conjunctiva. To help veterinary professionals diagnose and treat this condition effectively, our guide covers a wide range of topics, from the pathophysiology of the disease to treatment options and recommendations for clinical management.

Some of the guide’s topics include:

  • A detailed description of the disease and its impact on the ocular health of animals.
  • Explanation of the different types of KCS and their clinical features.
  • Diagnostic methods.
  • Treatment options, from artificial tears to more advanced therapies.

At Dr+Vet, we want to assist in everyday clinical practice by providing valuable resources to help veterinarians provide the best possible care for their furry patients.

The Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Diagnosis and Management Guide is now available for free download on our website – don’t miss this opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills in managing your patients’ ocular health!

Click here to download: Dr+Vet. Guide for KCS for veterinarians


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09/Apr/2024

Dr+Vet presents its new Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Keratoconjunctivitis Seca in Companion Pets

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest initiative: the Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Keratoconjunctivitis Seca (KCS) in Companion Animals. This guide has been designed to provide veterinarians with a tool to address this common ocular pathology in pets.

KCS, also known as dry eye, is a disease that affects the ocular health of animals, causing discomfort and, in severe cases, permanent damage to the cornea and conjunctiva. To help veterinary professionals diagnose and treat this condition effectively, our guide covers a wide range of topics, from the pathophysiology of the disease to treatment options and recommendations for clinical management.

Some of the guide’s topics include:

  • A detailed description of the disease and its impact on the ocular health of animals.
  • Explanation of the different types of KCS and their clinical features.
  • Diagnostic methods.
  • Treatment options, from artificial tears to more advanced therapies.

At Dr+Vet, we want to assist in everyday clinical practice by providing valuable resources to help veterinarians provide the best possible care for their furry patients.

The Keratoconjunctivitis Seca Diagnosis and Management Guide is now available for free download on our website – don’t miss this opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills in managing your patients’ ocular health!

Click here to download: KCS Guide for veterinarians


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03/Apr/2023

The webinar, which will take place on April 27, will address the most used ingredients in veterinary ophthalmology and their role in certain diseases, as well as the scientific evidence that supports them.

A webinar on nutraceuticals in veterinary ophthalmology will take place on Thursday, April 27 at 9:00 p.m. organized by the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ESVO), which is supported by Dr+Vet.

This webinar will address the most commonly used ingredients in veterinary ophthalmology and their role in certain diseases, as well as the scientific evidence that supports them and the recommended protocols. The webinar, which will be broadcast in English, is free for all ESVO members and for non-ESVO members, the price will be 30 euros.

The webinar will be given by ophthalmology specialist Teresa Peña, who graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1987 and received a doctorate from the same university in 1993 with an experimental study on penetrating corneal grafts in dogs.

Teresa Peña completed her ophthalmology residency at the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO) in a program at North Carolina State University. Since 1988 she has worked in the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UAB) and currently she is an associate professor of ophthalmology and surgery, and head of the Ophthalmology service at the Veterinary Teaching Clinical Hospital (FHCV-UAB).

She has been a diplomate of the ECVO since 1999, member of the Examinations Committee between 2002-2010 and member of the Credentials Committee since 2010 (chair of the committee since 2016). She served on the board of directors of the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (treasurer from 1999 to 2006, vice-president from 2006 to 2007 and president from 2007 to 2009).

Likewise, the expert co-directs a postgraduate course in veterinary ophthalmology, to obtain an intermediate degree, as well as residency programs to be part of the ECVO. Her work and research are dedicated to ophthalmology, especially corneal pathology and surgery, and uveitis and ocular injuries caused by infectious diseases.

 


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28/Apr/2022

Today we will talk to you about one of the most common eye pathologies in dogs: dry eye disease or Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca is an inflammatory disease of the ocular surface (cornea and conjunctiva) secondary to the deficiency of some of the phases of the tear film and which generates tear hyperosmolarity. This hyperosmolarity and increased friction will lead to secondary infections, dehydration and malnutrition of the cornea and conjunctiva and will increase the likelihood of corneal ulcerations. In turn, chronic inflammation of the ocular surface will also end up generating conjunctival hyperemia, hyperkeratinization and thickening of the corneal epithelium, corneal vascularization with increased migration of inflammatory cells and the deposition of pigment, lipids and calcium. The prognosis is usually favorable, although it will depend on the cause of the disease and whether effective treatment is implemented early and individualized for each patient.

There are two main classifications of Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca:

Qualitative: Pathological decrease in the lipid or mucoid components of the tear film. In this case, the lacrimal gland is functional and the hyperosmolarity of the tear is due to an increase in its evaporation. The cause of this type of Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca may be damage or acute/chronic inflammation in the meibomian glands and/or the goblet cells of the conjunctiva, such as in cases of infectious blepharitis, seborrheic dermatitis, etc.
Quantitative: Pathological decrease in the aqueous component of the tear film. In this case, hyperosmolarity is due to reduced secretion of the aqueous component under normal evaporation conditions. This is the most common initial presentation in dogs, although in most cases, a vicious circle is generated in which the other types of components of the tear film are also affected.

The causes of Quantitative Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca are varied, such as infectious diseases, endocrine diseases, systemic immune-mediated/autoimmune diseases, iatrogenic (surgical), etc. although the most common is localized and chronic immune-mediated inflammation of the lacrimal gland (immune-mediated adenitis). There are breeds of dogs and cats that are more predisposed, as we already mentioned in one of our previous posts on our social networks (Instagram and Linkedin), such as brachiocephalic breeds, West Highland White Terriers, Cocker Spaniels and American , etc.

The symptoms that may occur are: very characteristic mucous exudate, conjunctival hyperemia, opaque cornea, with neovascularization, corneal edema and ulceration, etc.

To reach a diagnosis, we will have to be attentive to the patient’s anamnesis and clinical history, perform a general and ophthalmoscopic examination, if we suspect systemic pathologies, general analytical and other complementary tests and followed by ophthalmological tests: Shirmer test, Fluorescein, Lysamine Green Test, TBUT (Tear Break-up Time), Impression Cytology and Osavet Test.

There are various types of systemic and topical medical treatments such as artificial tears (there is a wide variety), topical immunosuppressants, etc. and in most cases they can be applied together. Additionally, if there are secondary problems such as infections or corneal ulcers, these will also need to be treated. There are also surgical procedures such as parathyroid duct transposition, among others.

Another essential asset to help improve the symptoms of Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, of which studies have already been carried out in dogs and which has others being carried out to demonstrate its effectiveness, will be supplementation with specific nutraceuticals such as Lacrimalis, rich in Omega-Fatty Acids. 3 that will improve the quality, stability and tear secretion, Lactoferrin with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties on the ocular surface and antioxidants such as Vitamins E and C and the minerals Zinc and Copper.

From Dr+Vet Pet Care by Böthmen Pharma, we will present each of the different ophthalmological tests that we have mentioned little by little over the following weeks together with the Veterinary Ophthalmological Institute (IVO) so that you can learn more about them. lose!


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