From 27 to 29 October, the “Equine Eye Case Days” took place for the second time under the organizational direction of Dr. Arno Lindner at the renowned Hanse Equine Hospital ( in German: Hanseklinik für Pferde) in Sittensen. This year, 14 veterinarians took part in this exceptional training, which is characterized by its intensity and practical relevance. The seminar impressed with a wide range of challenging cases, the active involvement of each participant as well as the intensive exchange among colleagues and renowned speakers.
The three top-class instructors, Dr. Antonella Rampazzo, Dr. Stepan Leser and Dr. Kirstin Brandt, led small groups of four to five participants each in the analysis, discussion and development of potential treatment methods. The Hanse Equine Hospital proved to be the perfect host for this seminar, as the abundance and variety of patient cases is an essential prerequisite for successful training of this kind.
Friday began with the collection of the findings of the cases presented in small groups, with the participants carrying out the examinations themselves and documenting the results. On the following day, diagnoses as well as classical and alternative treatment methods based on the cases treated the day before were intensively discussed. In the afternoon, the instructors presented lectures on various surgical techniques. Sunday was used for the practical application and consolidation of further knowledge. Participants were able to look over Dr. Leser’s shoulder during challenging surgeries. Dr. Brandt performed advanced diagnostic procedures in small groups, and under the guidance of Dr. Rampazzo, the participants were able to practice surgical techniques on specimens.
The seminar was particularly enriched by the participation of Dr. med. vet. Rampazzo, Head Senior Physician of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich. As a specialist in ophthalmology recognized by the European College of Veterinary Opthalmologists, Dr. Rampazzo can look back on many years of experience. The participants thus had the opportunity to benefit from different approaches in the treatment methodology of the three speakers.
In a pleasant, collegial and animated atmosphere, an intensive exchange of experiences took place, which continued even after the end of the seminar. Even at the joint dinner at the Hotel Schröder, lively discussions continued. The participants were extremely satisfied, which was reflected in consistently positive feedback in the days following the seminar.
Special thanks are due to the team of the Hanse Equine Hospital, who ensured the smooth running of the seminar with dedication and perfection. Their dedication and enjoyment of their work contributed significantly to the success of the event. A big thank you to the team of the Hanseklinik!