Equine Eye Case Days

March 29-31, 2019 Müggenhausen and Heimerzheim, Germany

In cooperation with Pferdeklinik Burg Müggenhausen

Participants will witness experts in the diagnosis and treatment of eye pathologies working up routine clinical cases. The instructors will discuss their approaches, diagnosis and treatment options as they proceed. On the third day ample opportunity is given to improve your own skills while working under the guidance of the experts! ATF accreditation will be seeked!


Friday, March 29, practical work (Equine Clinic, Weilerswist-Müggenhausen)

  • 9:00 - Clinical examination of cases with Stefan Gesell, Màrian Màtas Riera and Erica Tolar

We will work on horses with eye pathologies. The day will be divided into four sessions of 90 minutes each. In the first three sessions a new case is presented / session / instructor, but the group of participants changes, so the participants get an opportunity to experience each of the instructor’s routine clinical exam. The fourth 90 minutes session will be devoted to further examine cases already presented as deemed necessary, show special diagnostic techniques and discuss treatment options.

  • 18:00 - End

Saturday, March 30, case presentations (Hotel Weidenbrück)

  • 9:00 - Each case worked from the day before will be presented. This will include photos, eventually videos and history. Participants can comment on the diagnostic and treatment options. Diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions (types of medication with dosage and frequency) will be discussed.

Thereafter, the following topics will be lectured:

  • Managing cornea disease medically
  • Managing cornea disease surgically
  • Vitrectomy
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Nictitans membrane surgery and eyelid surgeries, such as lacerations repair
  • Fungal keratitis
  • 18:00 - End

Sunday, March 31, Workshops (Equine clinic Burg Müggenhausen)

  • 8:30 - Participants will work with Stefan Gesell, Màrian Màtas Riera and Erica Tolar

to improve skills selected. Please indicate when registering the order of your preferences.

  • 13:30 - Lunch
  • 14:30 - Continue work.
  • 17:00 - End

The instructors

Stefan Gesell
graduated in 2001 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Munich (LMU), Germany and worked there in the Equine Clinic until 2010. He obtained the German Veterinary Specialist Certifications in Equine Medicine (2006), Equine Ophthalmology (2010) and Equine Surgery (2012). He has worked as Equine Ophthalmologist in several equine clinics, since 2012 in the Center for Equine Ophthalmology of the Equine Clinic Parsdorf, Munich, Germany.

Erica Tolar
received her DVM in 2003 from the University of Illinois, then moved to Tennessee and completed a rigorous internship in small animal medicine. She returned to the University of Illinois, and completed a 3-year ophthalmology residency. Erica is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Her additional study interests include equine as well as small animal corneal diseases, which have led to several publications and lectures. She lives outside Louisville, Kentucky and works at BluePearl Veterinary Partners solving the eye problems of small animals and makes ambulatory calls to see horses. Her volunteer effort is directed toward the Louisville Zoo and has been honored to help with many cases. She is also an avid Saddlebred horse enthusiast.

Màrian Màtas Riera
graduated from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Following graduation she completed an 18 month general internship at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the same university. Màrian then moved to the UK and completed a 1 year ophthalmology internship at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) followed by a 3 year regular residency training program in veterinary ophthalmology. Màrian stayed at the AHT as a clinician for a year before moving to the Royal Veterinary College in London. Since 2017 she runs in Mallorca, Spain, her own practice specialized on ophthalmology. Màrian has become a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Her main interests are corneal disease and equine ophthalmology.

What you need to know...

Accommodation in Bonn on March 28 only. Participants without a car shall met on March 29 at 8:15 hours in the lobby of the hotel Bristol to be taken to the equine clinic.

  • Hotel Bristol,
    Prinz-Albert-Str. 2, 53113 Bonn;
    Fon +49-228-2698-0, Fax -222;
  • Hotel Residence,
    Kaiserplatz 1, 53113 Bonn;
    Fon +49-228-2697-0, Fax -777;
  • Hotel Mercedes,
    Maarflach 17a, 53113 Bonn;
    Fon +49-228-225051; Fax -264412;

Accommodation from March 29 onwards (about 2-4 km from the equine clinic)

Hotel Weidenbrück
Nachtigallenweg 27, 53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
Phone +49 (0) 2254-6030; Fax -408;

Hotel Klosterstuben
Kölner Str. 27, 53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
+49 (0) 2254-830789;

Hotel Zum Schwan
Bergstr. 20, 539191 Weilerswist-Metternich;
+49 (0) 2254-9939068;

Schmitz Forstservice
Schneifelstr. 1, 54597 Ormont;
+49 (0) 6557-90094-0;

Date & Location

March 29 and 31

Pferdeklinik Burg Müggenhausen GmbH,

Burg Müggenhausen,
53919 Weilerswist-Müggenhausen, Germany;
Phone: +49 (0) 2254-6001-0; Fax -150;
e-mail weinberger@pferde-klinik.de;

March 30

Hotel Weidenbrück,

Nachtigallenweg 27,
53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
Fon +49-2254-6030;
www.hotel-weidenbrueck.de (about 2 km from the equine clinic)


Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;
contact@agpferd.de; www.agpferd.com

  • Nearest airports: Cologne/Bonn (CGN); Düsseldorf (DUS); Frankfurt (FRA)
  • On Bonn: bonn.de • For those arriving on September 22 from abroad it is convenient to stay overnight and be on September 23 at 8:00 hours in the lobby of the Hotel Bristol to be taken to the Equine Clinic (http://www.guennewig.de/hotel-bristol-bonn). Please book room thereafter in a hotel near the Equine Clinic!
  • Bio of speakers in agpferd.com
  • More equine professionals education: Please check under events in agpferd.com


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