Practical Ophthalmology Education for General Practitioner DVMs


Upcoming CE Events

“The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists believes it is in the best interest of veterinary patients and their owners that any ocular surgery necessitating microsurgical techniques on animals be performed by, or under the supervision of, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist.”

On-demand Education

During the Annual ACVO Conference, an 8-hour course designed to meet the needs of non-boarded general practitioners is offered. The presentations focus on improving the practitioner's ophthalmic knowledge for practice; when and how to treat, and when referrals are recommended. View more information or register for this course via the below button. (These are also recorded annually and on-demand services are available.)

When attending this course in person, three months access is provided to these recordings per attendee for free. Alternatively veterinarians may wish to purchase up to eight hours of on-demand content for as little as $95; currently seven, eight-hour courses are available. Course topics by year are shown through the button link below.  (Note: Online courses do not provide guaranteed CE credits, it will depend on your state licensing board's guidelines, a CE certificate is available upon request.)

These sessions are recorded and are available for purchase online at any time. 

View 1 hour presentation free.

Education Position Statement

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is a worldwide leader in the specialty of veterinary ophthalmology, recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  In continually advancing the scientific and clinical aspects of this discipline, granting funding for new research in animal eye diseases and treatments, providing education and communication between those in the field, and establishing rigorous criteria for specialist training and certification, the ACVO and its members set the standard.

Veterinary ophthalmologists are committed to providing the very best in patient care.  The level of excellence set by the ACVO extends to both the exam room and the operating room.  Microsurgery on the cornea or intraocular structures in particular demands a level of skill that only comes with time, experience and training.  This applies to acquiring not only the appropriate technical proficiency to perform microsurgery, but also the clinical judgement needed to identify when it is needed, or to deal with potential complications.  Special instrumentation and a competence with the necessary equipment is also needed.  Just as you would likely prefer an experienced microsurgeon if you needed corneal or intraocular surgery, so might you prefer it for your pet. 

This is why the ACVO has put forth the following Education Position Statement:

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists believes it is in the best interest of veterinary patients and their owners that any ocular surgery necessitating microsurgical techniques on animals be performed by, or under the supervision of, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist.

This Statement should not be considered a legal or medical requirement, nor does the statement have punitive ramifications.  However, the ACVO believes that veterinary patients deserve the best care delivered to the highest standards whenever possible.   That is why the ACVO strives for excellence in all aspects of veterinary ophthalmology, and continues to earn respect around the world.


Veterinary Ophthalmology Journal


Veterinary Ophthalmology is a peer-reviewed, international journal that welcomes submission of manuscripts directed towards academic researchers of veterinary ophthalmology, specialists and general practitioners with a strong ophthalmology interest. ACVO Members receive a complimentary online copy, and an option to purchase a printed copy annually at a discount.  View ACVO Meeting Abstracts online with your VO Subscription.

Articles include those relating to all aspects of:

  • Clinical and investigational veterinary and comparative ophthalmology
  • Prospective and retrospective studies or reviews of naturally occurring ocular disease in veterinary species
  • Experimental models of both animal and human ocular disease in veterinary species
  • Anatomic studies of the animal eye
  • Physiological studies of the animal eye
  • Pharmalogical studies of the animal eye

Special issues in Equine Ophthalmology and Feline Ophthalmology are also published as needed.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Six Issues Annually - See rates and/or subscribe to the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal through Wiley Publishing.

ACVO Residents

With the move to online-only Veterinary Ophthalmology journal access, we were able to arrange for complimentary online access to the journal for all ABVO residents that have a mentor who is a current ACVO Member. This is a wonderful benefit for ACVO members to be able to provide to their residents annually!


The VO journal accepts online submissions, guidelines follow.

Publishing your next paper in Veterinary Ophthalmology is even easier with the convenience of a fully electronic editorial office via Manuscript Central. Authors may download their papers with ease and track the status of their paper through the entire review process. To submit your paper, visit Manuscript Central, or go to the Author Guidelines section for complete details.

For information about subscribing to Veterinary Ophthalmology's electronic Table of Contents Alerts (E-Alerts), manuscript submission policy, and other details, visit their website or call Wiley at 1-800-835-6770 (toll-free in North America), 1-781-388-8599 (U.S. office), or +44 1865 778315 (UK office). 


If you are experiencing problems receiving your printed journal, accessing the journal online, submitting an address or email change, please contact the publisher, Wiley, directly though Rhonda Riccardi, or call 781-388-8347.


Black/white and color advertisements are available in the journal. Approximate distribution is 800+. If your company is interested in advertising in the Veterinary Ophthalmology please contact the ACVO office and we can provide you with current contact information for the publisher or you may contact the publisher directly.