EyeFest 2020

Sat, August 01 2020, 9:00 AM - Sun, August 02 2020, 4:00 PM [EST]

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Registration gives access to 12 hours of RACE Continuing Education, lecture proceedings (notes), lunch on both eyes, refreshments, access to all vendors and sponsors.

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Sat, August 01 2020, 9:00 AM - Sun, August 02 2020, 4:00 PM [EST]

EyeFest 2020 is a 12 hour RACE Certified Continuing Education course for general practitioner veterinarians as well as technicians to learn clinical skills regarding veterinary ophthalmology in dogs and cats.

Location: DoubleTree Suites

300 Prestige Pl

Miamisburg, Ohio, 45342


DJ Haeussler, Jr., BS, MS, DVM, DACVO

-A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On: Management of Lens Subluxation and Luxation


Ron Spatola, MS, DVM, DACVO

-Into The Void 1: Diseases of the Retina

-Into The Void 2: Diseases of the Optic Nerve

-Retinal Detachment and Reattachment: Proper Diagnosis, Case Selection, and Reattachment


Sony Kuhn, DVM, DACVO

-The Eye As a Window to the Diagnosis: Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease in Small Animals

-An Hour of Seeing Appointments with Dr. Kuhn: Case Studies in Veterinary Ophthalmology

-What's Going On Behind That Eye? Orbital Disease in Cats and Dogs


Joao Alfredo Kleiner, MV, MSc (Brazilian Ophthalmologist)

-I Was Born With That...Now What? Part 1: Congenital Diseases of the Lens and Uvea

-I Was Born With That...Now What? Part 2: Congenital Diseases of the Conjunctiva, Eyelid, Globe


Christina Korb, BS, DVM (Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology)

-Letting the Cat Out of The Bag: Feline Corneal and Conjunctival Diseases

-The Crying Canine: An Approach To Epiphora


Jamie Lembo, BS, DVM (Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology)

-The Eye-Deal Pharmacy: Getting Beyond Triple Antibiotic

DJ Haeussler, Jr., BS, MS, DVM, DACVO Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist The Animal Eye Institute

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DJ Haeussler, Jr.
Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. DJ Haeussler grew up in the Cincinnati area as the son of Dr. David Haeussler, a small animal general practitioner. Dr. Haeussler always wanted to be a veterinarian as he always heard the stories his father would tell when he got home from work. He finished his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and then received his doctorate in 2006. He then went to New Jersey where he finished two internships at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and then returned to his alma mater, The Ohio State University to complete his residency. While at Ohio State University for his residency, he completed a Master of Science degree and earned the top award for professional student research at Ohio State as well as the top resident award for professional research at the annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) in 2010. Dr. DJ Haeussler has been published in Veterinary Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Clinician's Brief, and others. His publications have been referenced in the gold standard textbook, Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Haeussler has also published a photographic atlas to help better help veterinarians and veterinary technicians identify ophthalmic disease in dogs and is entitled Recognition of Canine Ocular Disease: A Photo Atlas, Volume 1. Dr. Haeussler's photographs of ophthalmic disease are found in textbooks and lectures worldwide. Dr. Haeussler has also served as a part-time ophthalmology consultant and clinician at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Dr. Haeussler is a board certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). Dr. Haeussler also serves on the ACVO Public Relations committee as the committee chair and is a member of the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Haeussler’s interests are providing exceptional ophthalmic care to prolong vision and comfort for your pet. He is very interested in cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation as well as various surgical methods of corneal repair. He enjoys mentoring young doctors and enjoys lecturing as the local, state, and international levels.

About DJ Haeussler, Jr.

Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Ron Spatola
Veterinary Ophthalmologist

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Spatola attended Elder High School and soon realized his passion for medicine shortly after graduating from New York University in 2003, ultimately deciding on veterinary medicine as the best fit for his personality and career goals. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 with Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees. His master’s research focused on canine corneal cells and topical drug toxicity. Following Dr. Spatola’s graduation from OSU, he decided to further his education through a one-year rotating small animal internship in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Carolina Veterinary Specialists. After a year in Charlotte, he took a one-year ophthalmology internship with Animal Eye Care Associates in Chesapeake, Virginia, where Dr. Spatola was fortunate enough to be offered a comparative ophthalmology residency position in 2013. ? In July of 2016, Dr. Spatola completed his residency, passed the ophthalmology board examination, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). He then spent one year in Hampton Roads, Virginia practicing as an associate ophthalmologist with Animal Eye Care of Chesapeake. He finds both the joys and challenges of veterinary ophthalmology extremely satisfying, and feels very fortunate to be with such a progressive and diverse practice here in Cincinnati. His clinical interests are cataract surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, blepharoplasty and autoimmune diseases of the eye. In his spare time, Dr. Spatola enjoys staying active outdoors fishing and camping, exercising, spending time with family, and photography. He is beyond excited to be back home in the Cincinnati area, and looks forward to providing the community with the best in ophthalmic pet care for many years to come.

About Ron Spatola

Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Sony Kuhn
Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. Sony Kuhn is a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist practicing at Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham in Alabama. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle in Washington from 2010-2011, followed by a residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center from 2011-2014. She spent four years working in private practice in North and South Carolina at Upstate Veterinary Specialists, and moved to Birmingham in the fall of 2018. Dr. Kuhn is also an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine's ophthalmology department.

About Sony Kuhn

Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Joao Kleiner
Brazilian Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. Joao Kleiner, better known as Dr. JAK graduated from the Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil in 1997. He went on to travel to the United States to attend and successfully complete the ACVO Basic Science Course in 1998 at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. JAK then completed a Master in Science degree in 2003 at Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil. He has been awarded Professor of Ophthalmology at Qualittas Post-graduation course in São Paulo. Dr. JAK is a pioneer in cataract surgery using phacoemulsification technique in south Brazil. He has attended and successfully completed the short course in vitreoretinal surgery in Bremen, Germany 2016 at EVRS. Dr. JAK is the founder of Vetweb Veterinary Ophthalmology (http://www.vetweb.com.br/) clinic in Curitiba, Paraná state where he accepts referrals from general practitioners as well as other ophthalmologists. He is a frequent lecturer throughout Brazil and speaks English and Portuguese fluently.

About Joao Kleiner

Brazilian Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Christina Korb
Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr. Korb grew up in the Southeast, in Georgia and South Carolina. Her love for animals was found early on as her childhood was always full of family dogs, many hamsters, and even ferrets. She attended College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After completing business school, she decided to change career paths and become a veterinarian. Before veterinary school, Dr. Korb worked as a veterinary assistant for 2 years while preparing for veterinary school at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She attended veterinary school at Purdue University where she tracked small animal and acquired a love for veterinary ophthalmology in all species. She was awarded the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Veterinary Student Award. She then completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at The University of Missouri. She joined the team at The Animal Eye Institute to expand her knowledge and love for veterinary ophthalmology. Dr. Korb completed a Specialty Internship with The Animal Eye Institute and was granted an ABVO approved residency with The Animal Eye Institute. Her current interests include retinal disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.

About Christina Korb

Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Jamie Lembo
Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr. Lembo grew up in the Northeast in Southern Connecticut. She developed a love for both animal care and teaching at a young age. She attended Cornell University in Upstate New York and further developed an interest in veterinary medicine, having studied Biology and Animal Science. After graduating from college, Dr. Lembo decided to make a big move across the country to pursue her dream of veterinary medicine at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While many areas of veterinary medicine were interesting to her, she felt connected to the study of ophthalmology in all animals, both big and small. During her clinical year of school, Dr. Lembo received the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Veterinary Student Award for her interest in and devotion to veterinary ophthalmology. She then moved back to the Northeast to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and shortly afterwards completed an Ophthalmology Specialty Internship at the Long Island Veterinary Specialists in New York. Dr. Lembo is excited to work with the enthusiastic and dedicated doctors and staff at The Animal Eye Institute. While the study of ophthalmology can be challenging, she finds that working with the clients and pets at The Animal Eye Institute is rewarding and can even be fun! Her current interests include management of corneal disease and surgical corneal repair. While she has spent much of her life in the Northeast, Dr. Lembo is quickly and happily calling Cincinnati “home.” In her free time, she enjoys painting, baking and spending time exploring the outdoors with friends.

About Jamie Lembo

Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology