Negar Hamzianpour

Negar is a Royal College of Veterinary Science (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology and completed a European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ECVO) residency at the Eye Veterinary Clinic, Herefordshire, England.

Negar received her degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Liverpool in 2011. Her path to specialization included a general rotating internship at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (Royal Veterinary College), an ophthalmology internship at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service (Solihull) and several years in private small animal practice around the UK.

Negar had seen practice all over the world, been successful in the acceptance of multiple scientific publications and has finally chosen to move across the world to settle in Sydney with her Australian partner.

Negar, also known as Dr Neg, is passionate about the human-animal bond, extremely empathetic and considerate to her patients needs and wants to improve every day with guidance from her clients about how to improve their experience with us.

Publications

Hamzianpour N, Dawson C, Rhodes M. Evaluation of client satisfaction and perception of their dog’s adaptation following bilateral enucleation. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2019; 22 (5): 566- 576

• Abstract presentation at ECVO Congress, Florence, May 2018

Hamzianpour N, Jones RG, Wilson N, McElroy P, Heinrich C, Scurrell E. Clinical and pathological findings in three dogs with nodular granulomatous keratitis Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2018; 22 (4): 529-537.

• Abstract presentation at British Society of Veterinary Pathologists Companion Animal Meeting on Ocular Pathology, Birmingham, June 2018
• Poster presentation at ECVO Congress, Florence, May 2018

Hamzianpour N. The ophthalmic examination in the dog and cat. VetCPD. 2019; 6 (1): 32-36.

Hamzianpour N, Lam R, Beltran E. Clinical signs, imaging findings and outcome in twelve cats with internal ophthalmoparesis/ophthalmoplegia. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2018; 21 (4): 382- 390.

• Abstract presentation at BrAVO Spring Meeting, Birmingham, UK, April 2017
• Poster presentation, ACVO Conference, Monterey, CA, October 2016

Hamzianpour N, Pinheiro de Lacerda R, Rhodes M. Recurrent corneal ulceration in a young dog due to an ectopic cilium in an unusual location. Veterinary Record Case Reports. 2017; 5 (4): e000503; doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2017-000503

Hamzianpour N. Bilateral mydriasis in a senior neutered Toy Poodle. Vet Times. 10 April 2017

Hamzianpour N and Chan DL. Assessment of the contribution of platelets and clotting proteases via thromboelastography in the hypercoagulable state of dogs with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. 2016; 26 (2): 295-299

• Abstract presentation at BSAVA congress, Birmingham, UK, April 2014

Hamzianpour N, Eley TS, Kenny PJ, Sanchez RF, Volk HA, De Decker S. Magnetic resonance imaging findings in a dog with sensory neuronopathy. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2015; 29: 1381-1386

• Poster presentation at 26th Annual Symposium of the European Society of Veterinary Neurology, Paris, France, September 2013

Hamzianpour N. Clinical conundrum: a case of sudden onset bilateral blindness in a Domestic Shorthair cat. BSAVA companion. 2013

Paul McCarthy

Paul graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Sydney in 2019, prior to this Paul completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Sydney, where he was awarded a dean’s medal and a benefactor’s award for being the highest achieving student in science. Following graduation from his veterinary degree, Paul completed a multidisciplinary internship at a busy specialist hospital in Sydney.

In his short time as a veterinarian Paul has already published in four veterinary journals and presented at two Australian veterinary conferences.

Paul joined the Eye Clinic for Animals team in 2021 as an ophthalmology intern.

Presentations:

– Anxiety and depression in dogs with vision loss. Centre for Veterinary Education “What’s behaviour got to do with it? 2021

– What is that eye trying to tell me? Australian Veterinary Association VetFest Conference. 2020

Publications:

– Use of a chronic soft tissue expansion device to facilitate blepharoplasty in a horse with lower lid cicatricial ectropion with a 14 year follow-up. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2020

– Surgical approach to a nasolacrimal duct atresia in a German Shepherd Puppy. Australian Veterinary Practitioner. 2020

– Progressive visual loss and severe retinal degeneration in a captive Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos mittendorfi). Veterinary Record Case Reports. 2020

– Accidental arterial catheterisation during a maxillary nerve block using a modified infraorbital approach in a dog. Veterinary Record Case Reports. 2020

William Irving

William graduated veterinary science from James Cook University, Townsville, in 2017. He began to have a specialist interest in ophthalmology in his final year of vet school, which grew as years went on. Following university he completed the Queensland Veterinary Specialist rotating internship in 2018 in Brisbane, then 2 years of emergency and critical care work with Pet Emergency and general practice work within Brisbane. During this time as well undertaking several externships in Ophthalmology around Australia.
He then moved to Sydney and worked as an Ophthalmology Intern at Animal Referral Hospital before starting  at Eye Clinic for Animals.
William is currently a resident at Eye Clinic for Animals, and is in training to become a Veterinary Ophthalmology Specialist.

Presentations:
  • Clinical Outcomes of Empirical Selection of Chloramphenicol and Ofloxacin in the Treatment of Keratomalacia. American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Conference. 2020

Associate Professor Alex Hunyor

A/Prof Alex Hunyor is a retinal specialist with expertise in vitreoretinal surgery and macular disease. He graduated with Honours from Sydney University Medical School in 1990, and trained in ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne. He was awarded both the Cedric Cohen and the Ken Howsam Medals for excellence in the RANZCO examinations, and the RANZCO-ARVO and RANZCO-Sigma Scholarships. He then undertook 3½ years of subspecialty training in medical and surgical retina at RVEEH, the Casey Eye Institute (Portland, Oregon USA) and with Professor JDM Gass at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). Alex returned to practice in Sydney in 2000.

Alex is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and member of the Macular Research Group at the Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney. He is involved in numerous clinical trials for treatment of retinal diseases. He is one of the principal investigators in the Australian Macular Hole Study and the Fight Retinal Blindness project.

He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists, Oceania Retina Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). He is the Australian international delegate to the ASRS. Alex serves on the Medical Board of the Macular Degeneration Foundation, and is a Governor on the Board of the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation.

Alex is an examiner for the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examinations, Chair of the RANZCO Medicare Advisory Committee, and is involved in teaching of local ophthalmic trainees and ophthalmologists as well as participating in education of overseas specialists through the RANZCO International Development Programme. He has received the RANZCO Award for Excellence in Training on 5 occasions. He has given many lectures at local and international scientific meetings, has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, and serves as a reviewer for several ophthalmic journals as well as the Medical Journal of Australia.

Colin Dunlop

Colin Dunlop is a graduate of the University of Sydney and a Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia. His career path includes House Surgeon (University of Glasgow), Resident in Anaesthesia/Critical Patient Care, (University of California, Davis), Assistant Professor ‘Clinical Sciences’, Associate Professor and Chief of the Anaesthesia Section (Colorado State University).

Colin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anaesthesiologists. His research interests include prevention of anaesthesia morbidity and mortality. He consults in anaesthesia and critical care for small and large animal practice, biomedical research and provides continuing education programs for veterinarians and veterinary nurses world-wide.

BVSc- The University of Sydney 1980

Internship: Murdoch University 1981

Residency: UC Davis California 1985

Faculty: Colorado State University 1985-1995

Board certified in Anaesthesia (American College of Veterinary Anesthesiology) 1986

Ben Reynolds

Ben graduated as a veterinarian from James Cook University winning numerous academic awards during the degree. Since this time at university, Ben’s interest in ophthalmology saw him undertake externships to veterinary ophthalmology centres across Australia, the UK and the USA. Ben was fortunate enough to win an international scholarship in 2018 to allow him to undertake advanced ophthalmology training at North Carolina State University while working at one of Brisbane’s largest veterinary hospitals.

Ben joined the Eye Clinic for Animals as an intern in January 2019, and since this time has published four veterinary journals (as well as having many others in the works) and has been the primary author for the most comprehensive textbook chapter to date on the ophthalmology of marsupial and monotreme species. Ben has also been assisting in teaching students at the University of Sydney their ophthalmology practicals and tutorials since joining the Eye Clinic for Animals.

Ben is currently the resident at Eye Clinic for Animals, and is in training to become a veterinary ophthalmology specialist.

Presentations:

– Infectious keratitis in horses of North Queensland: ex vivo susceptibility patterns for fungal and bacterial species. Australian College of Veterinary Sciences’ Science Week Conference. 2018

– Advanced Tear Film Analysis: establishing normative data for canine ocular surface analysis diagnostic tests. Australian College of Veterinary Sciences’ Science Week Conference. 2019

– A review of qualitative and quantitative tear film disorders in dogs. Australian Veterinary Association VetFest Conference. 2020

– Using optical coherence tomography to determine anterior segment morphology and morphometry in selected Australian reptile species. American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Conference. 2020

Publications:

– Textbook chapter: “Ophthalmology of Marsupials and Monotremes”, Ophthalmology of Zoo and Wild Animals. 2020 (in press)

– Use of a chronic soft tissue expansion device to facilitate blepharoplasty in a horse with lower lid cicatricial ectropion with a 14 year follow-up. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2020

– Retinal cone photoreceptor distribution of the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus). The Anatomical Record. 2020

– Microsporidial stromal keratitis in a cat. Medical Mycology Case Reports. 2020

– Surgical approach to a nasolacrimal duct atresia in a German Shepherd Puppy. Australian Veterinary Practitioner. 2020

– Patient and tumour factors influencing canine mast cell tumour histological grade and mitotic index. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. 2019

Gladys Boo

Gladys graduated from Murdoch University in 2011 as the valedictorian of her class. She had won numerous awards during her undergraduate degree. She took a special interest in veterinary ophthalmology during the fourth year of vet school. Subsequently, she undertook various ophthalmology externships in Australia and the USA. 

Upon graduation, she worked in general practice in Singapore from 2012 – 2013. She completed a postgraduate course in veterinary ophthalmology in 2013. In 2014, she completed an ophthalmology internship in Eye Clinic for Animals and in 2018, completed her ophthalmology residency. She was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2020. 

During her residency, Gladys spearheaded and became the global pioneer in Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty in dogs. She also helped develop a canine-adapted artificial anterior chamber; Boo-K9 AAC. Gladys has special interests in corneal transplantation surgery, cataract surgery and exotic animal ophthalmology.

Aside from clinical work, she enjoys pushing the boundaries of veterinary ophthalmology to find new treatments. She also enjoys teaching and training the future generation of veterinary ophthalmologists.

Publications:

Boo G, Whittaker CJG, Caruso KA, et al. Early postoperative results of Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty in six dogs with corneal endothelial dystrophy. Vet Ophthalmol. 2019;00:1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/vop.12666

Boo G, Caruso KA, Whittaker CJG, et al. Recurrent corneal hemangiosarcoma in a cat with subsequent extension into the orbit. Vet Ophthalmology [Early View Feb 2021]. https://doi.org/10.1111/vop.12868

 

Presentations:

In depth speaker: Descemet’s stripping with endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) for corneal endothelial degeneration (CED) or A Corneal endothelial odyssey. American college of Veterinary Ophthalmology conference. Maui, USA November 2019

Endothelial transplantation symposium. Veterinary Ophthalmic Surgery meeting. Chicago, USA July 2019

Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) in the treatment of canine corneal endothelial dystrophy – a feasibility study in 6 dogs. American college of Veterinary Ophthalmology conference. Minnesota, USA September 2018.                                                  

The corneal project. Science Week 2018

Septic endophthalmitis secondary to pyelonephritis in the cat. Science Week 2015

Treatment of orbital abscess in a rabbit with Australian Jelly Bush honey. Science Week 2014

Cameron J G Whittaker

Cameron graduated from Sydney University in 1989. After spending time in mixed animal practice he completed an internship at Sydney University in 1992 and the following year commenced a residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the University of Florida. He was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1996. He then worked at the Ohio State University as a visiting Assistant Professor before returning to Australia in 1997 to join Eye Clinic for Animals and providing specialist ophthalmology services to both small and large animals in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

Cameron also has served the NSW Division of the AVA and currently provides medicine and surgery lectures and practical sessions to Sydney University students. He voluntarily provides services to wildlife at both Sydney and Western Plains Zoos.

Cameron has a special interest in cataract surgery, glaucoma, corneal medicine and surgery, retinal surgery and exotic animal ophthalmology.

Publications:

Veterinary Ophthalmology 3rd edition

Manual of Equine Practice 2nd edition

Veterinary Clinics of North America – Ophthalmology edition

Kelly Caruso

Kelly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She then completed internships in Equine Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Ophthalmology and Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Kelly then completed a residency under the tutelage of Professor Seth Koch – one of the founding members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists – and was granted Membership of that body in 2007.

Kelly has written numerous papers in international journals and has lectured extensively both in the USA and internationally and won various teaching awards. In 2010 she came to Australia to work in specialist ophthalmology practice.

Publications:
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, “What Is Your Diagnosis?: Retrobulbar mass in a dog” Vol 221, No.11, December 1, 2002

Presentations:
“Ocular Blastomycosis: Review of the literature and a case report” Presented in Cambridge, England June 2003 and in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho October 2003

“Canine Ocular Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumours: A report of 3 cases with clinical and histologic features and a review of the literature”. Presented in Washington DC October 2004

Jeffrey S Smith

Jeff graduated from Sydney University in 1970 and after 3 years in general practice completed a residency in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology at Cornell University and was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1977. Returning to Australia in 1978 Jeff gained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Canine Medicine and in 1983 become a Fellow of the ACVSc in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Since that time Jeff has been responsible for setting up the oldest continually operating veterinary ophthalmology practice (Eye Clinic for Animals) in Australia. He has served as Vice President and President of the Australian Veterinary Association(NSW division) and is on the Editorial Board of The Veterinarian and of the Australian Veterinary Journal.

Jeff currently provides lectures and tutorials for students at Sydney University in ophthalmic medicine, surgery and pathology as well as providing specialist ophthalmology services to small, large and exotic animals in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

Publications:

Smith, JS., Bistner, S., Riis, R. Infiltrative corneal lesions resembling fibrous histiocytoma: clinical and pathological findings in six dogs and one cat. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1976; 169: 722 – 766.

Smith, J.S., deLahunta, A., Riis, R.C. Reticulosis of the visual system in a dog. J Small Anim Prac. 1977: 18:643.

Barnes, JA., Smith JS. Bilateral phacofragmentation in a New Zealand fur seal. J. Wildlife Med. 2004: 35, 1: 110-112.

Smith, JS. Diseases of the Orbit. In Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy VI 624 – 628, 1978.

Smith, JS. Blindness – An overview. Hungerford’s Diseases of Livestock 1692 -1698, 1990.

Smith, JS, Harper,PAW. Ophthalmologic manifestations of ceroid lipofuscinosis in Devon Cattle. Trans Eighteenth Annual Scientific Program American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. 44 – 49, 1987.

Smith, JS. Optic neuropathies. Small Animal Secrets. Ed. Ronald Riis, 2001.

Center, SA, Smith, JS. Ocular lesions in a dog with serum hyperviscosity secondary to an IgA myeloma. J. Am. Vet Med Assoc. 181: 811.1982.

Smith, JS. Clinical Veterinary Advisor. Birds and Exotic Pets. Ed. Elsevier Saunders, St Louis . Missouri, 2013.