Richard graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2003 and worked in general practice before undertaking an internship in ophthalmology at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK. Following this he undertook a three-year ECVO-approved residency in comparative ophthalmology at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College. Following the successful completion of his training, Richard remained at the RVC as a clinician for a further year before joining North Downs Specialist Referrals, a large multidisciplinary referral hospital in the southeast of England, in July 2018. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in March 2019 after passing the qualifying examinations.
Eva Abarca obtained her DVM degree from the Veterinary College at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1997. She completed an American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) residency program and a Master's degree, becoming a Diplomate of the ACVO in 2012. From 2011 to 2013, she worked as an Ophthalmology Research Scholar in the Laboratory of Ocular Immunology, Toxicology, and Drug Delivery at North Carolina State University, USA. From 2013-2016 she was Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL, USA. In 2016, she moved back to Europe and joined the Ophthalmology Service at Vetsuisse Fakultat, Bern University, Switzerland, as a Senior Clinician. In 2018 Eva joined the Ophthalmology service at Ars Veterinaria Veterinary Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Her interests include the study of methods of sustained ocular drug release for the treatment of keratomycosis, as well as ex-vivo models to study ocular pharmacology.
Dave Brodbelt graduated from the Cambridge Vet School in 1993 and undertook a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia there. In 1998 he gained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. He then went into private practice for 4 years prior to undertaking an Epidemiology PhD based at the Epidemiology Unit of the Animal Health Trust / Royal Veterinary College looking at anaesthetic complications in practice (CEPSAF). Since 2005 he has worked at the RVC within the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health (VEEPH) Group, initially as Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia, and then Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology, before becoming Professor of Evidence based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM). He is involved in research and teaching epidemiology, statistics and EBVM to undergraduates and postgraduates. His research interests focus on practice based research and research derived from electronic health records. He is a member of the VeNom Coding Group, part of the VetXML consortium and is co-project leader of VetCompass, the RVC based initiative that works with a large group of collaborating first opinion practices surveying disease trends in veterinary practice.
Education: Rick was born in Spain but followed his education in the US and the UK with a BSciBiol in 1994 (STAC, New York), a DVM in 1999 after attending Ross and Louisiana State Universities, a Certificate in Ophthalmology issued by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in 2004, DipECVO status in 2007, a veterinary teaching degree (FHEA) through the RVC in 2014, and RCVS Recognized Specialist status in 2016.
Work: After obtaining his college and university degrees, Rick commenced his veterinary specialty training in the US in 1999. After obtaining a European veterinary qualification in Barcelona in 2002, he undertook a residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow and the Eye Veterinary Clinic in the UK, which he completed in 2005. Then, he developed a private ophthalmology practice in Kent until late 2011, when he joined the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) of the University of London to re-establish and direct the Ophthalmology Service and an ECVO Ophthalmology Residency program. He returned to private practice in 2017, settling in Utrecht, The Netherlands (Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht - SDU). Rick lectures around the world. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal since 2010. He is the Ophthalmology Section Editor of BMC Veterinary Research since 2018. He has contributed the ‘Cornea’ chapter (ch12) to the BSAVA Manual in Ophthalmology and the ‘Eyelid Reconstruction’ chapter (ch6) to the Reconstructive Surgery and Wound Management of the Dog and Cat’, and in 2020 hopes to launch a new textbook entitled ‘An Altas of Small Animal Ocular Surgery’. He has active research interest in the cornea, corneal surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma (follow the link below to view his current research publication list).
Christine received her veterinary degree from the University of Liège in Belgium. Following a brief period in private practice she performed a rotating internship at the same university. In 1997 she enrolled in a residency training programme in veterinary ophthalmology at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK, and subsequently stayed on as a staff ophthalmologist. In 2001 she moved to the United States to perform her post-doctoral research at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, where she worked in the field of ocular immunology. Her work focused on cellular interactions during the establishment of Anterior Chamber Associated Immune Deviation and its clinical applications. Since 2009 Christine has been on the faculty at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where she now leads the ophthalmology department. Christine has been attributed the Cora Verhagen Award for her contributions in Ocular Immunology. She is a member of the ECVO Education and Residency Committee since 2010 and has chaired this Committee from 2013 to 2017.