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Dr. Wilkie was born in Toronto, Canada and obtained his D.V.M. degree in 1984 from the University of Guelph, Canada.
He spent one year at the University of Pennsylvania as an intern and in 1985 came to The Ohio State University to begin a 3-year residency and Masters degree in comparative ophthalmology. He received both his Masters degree (MS) and ophthalmology specialty boards (ACVO) in 1988. He was subsequently hired as an Assistant Professor in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University. He was promoted to Associate Professor of veterinary ophthalmology in 1994 and then to Professor. He is currently Professor of Ophthalmology and Department Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. In addition, Dr. Wilkie is a Professor in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Wilkie has trained 21 residents who are Board Certified in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists or the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and 3 Diplomates in Japanese Comparative Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Wilkie has provided advanced training in ophthalmology to 20 graduate students and over 34 veterinarian
ophthalmologists from 12 countries.
Dr. Wilkie is author of 102 articles, 104 abstracts and 46 textbook chapters, and serves as a research consultant to numerous national and international research facilities. He has served as an editor of several textbooks and is currently a reviewer for 25 Veterinary and Human ophthalmology and research journals and serves on the Editorial Board of 9 Veterinary and Human ophthalmology and research journals. He is the past chairperson of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Examination Committee and Past-President for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Wilkie currently serves on the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Foundation board.
Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, David spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri. He joined the faculty at the University of California-Davis in 2000 where he is one of 8 ophthalmologists with 4 ophthalmology residents and an ophthalmic intern in training. He is the author of Slatter’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (now in its 6th edition), an editorial board member for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and Immediate Past President of the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.  David’s major interests are ocular surface disease and feline herpesvirus.

Claudia Hartley graduated from Bristol University in 1995, after which she spent 9 years in general practice in large animal, mixed, and small animal practices. Whilst in first opinion practice she gained the certificate in veterinary ophthalmology and undertook a scholarship at Cambridge University investigating tear film abnormalities in dogs. In 2004, Claudia joined the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and successfully gained the European diploma in veterinary ophthalmology in 2007. She became head of ophthalmology at the AHT in 2009. Claudia works with many charities worldwide, assisting with welfare and zoological ophthalmology cases. Claudia has assisted with the RCVS certificate and diploma examinations, been an active committee member/chair, published several book chapters, lectured both nationally and internationally on veterinary ophthalmology, and was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow award for outstanding contributions to small animal veterinary medicine in 2016. In March 2017 Claudia joined the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science at Langford as Professor of Ophthalmology.

Christine graduated from Munich Veterinary School, Germany in 1995. Immediately afterwards, Christine moved to the UK where she completed an internship followed by a residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. Christine holds both the RCVS and the ECVO Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology and has been an RCVS Specialist in her discipline since 2001. Christine is the owner of the Eye Veterinary Clinic in Leominster where together with 3 other ophthalmologists, she runs a dedicated ophthalmic referral service. Christine enjoys her clinical workload but loves to remain active in the teaching of veterinary ophthalmology both to general practitioners and residents under the ECVO program.

Ron Ofri was a member of the charter class of the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Upon his graduation he traveled to the University of Florida, where he spent the next 4 years undergoing clinical training in veterinary ophthalmology and obtaining his Ph.D. During this time Ron developed an interest in the physiology of vision, focusing on retinal electrophysiology and animal models of retinal diseases. Upon his graduation Ron returned to Israel and joined the faculty of his alma mater, where he is currently a Professor in veterinary ophthalmology and winner of numerous Teacher of the Year awards. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ron expanded his research interests to include comparative visual physiology in wildlife species, and gene therapy of retinal diseases, and to date has published more than 90 refereed papers. Ron is also a very popular international speaker, having been invited to talk in more than 30 countries and 6 continents, lecturing in continuing education seminars, national meetings and world congresses for general practitioners, including BSAVA, SEVC, WSAVA, WVC and NAVC. He also lectures frequently in advanced training courses for veterinary ophthalmologists, including lectureship at the Basic Science Course of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (where he has been speaking since 2002) and numerous other forums. Ron is a contributing author to the Gelatt's classic textbook Veterinary Ophthalmology (3rd, 4th and 5th editions) as well as a co-author of the popular textbook Slatter's Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (4th, 5th and 6th editions). Ron is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ECVO), a former ECVO Executive Board member and in 2002-2005 he served as President of the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Gillian graduated from Glasgow University in 1990 and worked in general practice for a few years before moving to London, where she completed a PhD and served as a lecturer in Ophthalmology. In 2000 she joined the faculty at UC-Davis, then spent several years at Iowa State University, before moving North to Wisconsin, where she currently holds a joint faculty position in both the School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison. Gill is a Diplomate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is a European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. Gill is a Past-President of the ECVO; serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology, as well as the ARVO Animals in Research Committee, and has co-authored two textbooks. As a clinician-scientist, her main research focus is comparative glaucoma, and she has specific research interests in electrophysiology, diagnostic imaging and feline ocular disease.

Studies of VeterinaryMedicine in Munich and Hannover, Germany
1991 doctoral degree Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit?t (LMU), Munich, Germany
1991-1992 Surgery Clinic LMU Munich, Germany
1993-2000 Small Animal Clinic, Freie Universit?t (FU) Berlin, Germany since 2000 owner of the Augen-Tierarztpraxis Dr. Allgoewer (Animal Eye Practice), Berlin, Germany  Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists - ECVO
Member of the ECVO
Executive Board 2000-2014
President of the ECVO 2010-2012
numerous publications,presenations and seminars

Gil Ben-Shlomo obtained his DVM and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He successfully completed a comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida and subsequently obtained his board certification and a Diplomate status in the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  
Gil served on the faculty at Iowa State University until July 2019, and joined the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University in August 2019. He teaches veterinary and graduate students and trains residents in the field of veterinary ophthalmology. Dr. Ben-Shlomo is an associate editor and author of Gelatt’s Veterinary Ophthalmology (6th edition), the most comprehensive book in the field, and an editorial board member of the journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Ben-Shlomo is the President Elect of the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

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