Founding members of the ECVO

Peter Bedford 
tn76 4c123db562477A graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, London, Peter Bedford is Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology at London University, currently working in private practice. He gained his PhD for studies on canine glaucoma and his RCVS Fellowship for work on aqueous dynamics. He is an RCVS Foundation Diplomate in Veterinary Ophthalmology (1982) and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (1993). He is a Past President of the BSAVA (1982-1983) and a Past President of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (1994-1996). He was President of the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (1987-1991) and currently serves on the Hereditary Defects Committee of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He is President-Elect of the ISVO,an RCVS registered Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology and the Primary Course Master for Veterinary Ophthalmology at the European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies, part of the University of Luxembourg. To date he has some 230 publications including scrutineered papers, congress proceedings and text book chapters. His interests include all aspects of veterinary and comparative ophthalmology, and current research includes angle bypass surgery for the treatment of canine glaucoma, the aetiology of retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy in the dog and inherited ocular disease in the dog.

Bernard Clerc 

tn110 50042f0005c50The late Bernard Clerc graduated from the National Veterinary College of Alfort (Paris, France) in 1965 with a DVM degree in 1966 from the University of Paris, he obtained a MS degree in experimental cardiology in 1968. He joined the Alfort department of Medicine of small animals and horses in 1967 and began a teaching career in Alfort, and was successively Assistant and then, Associate Professor (Agregation) in 1977. Afterwards, he moved to the National Veterinary College of Lyon (France) in 1982 as Professor and was in charge of the Medicine department. Education in ophthalmology. During the seventy’s, this specialty was a small part of the Medicine Department in Alfort and there was no training program. B.Clerc had the opportunity to receive a part time ophthalmology instruction in Paris Human Ophthalmology Hospitals ( Pr Pouliquen at the Hôtel Dieu and Quinze Vingt hospital) He improved his formation by summer stays in the US( Penn and Davis ). His research interest was mainly the cornea. After 1980 different new ophthalmology structures developed in Europe and B. Clerc was a founding member of the ISVO (President in 1996-1997). In 1992 he became a Diplomate of the new European College ECVO (President of the ECVO in 2001-2003). In 1993, he returned to Alfort to create a new Ophthalmology unit and was nominated the first Ophthalmology Professor in France. He retired from University in 2007. He maintained a professional activity in private ophthalmology practice at the Fregis Veterinary Hospital in Arcueil-Paris until 2012.
Bernard was one of the Founding Members of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and, sadly passed away in 2016.



Kristina Narfström
tn0 4c12489f6327dAs an endowed Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, USA, with adjunct professorships at the School of Engineering and at the Mason Eye Institute, both at the University of Missouri, my main focus is presently on research (90%) and teaching (10%). My laboratory is active mainly in collaborative and comparative research utilizing dog and cat animal models for human retinal degenerative disease. Thus, I have discovered and characterized retinal disease processes in dogs and cats and, in the past 8 year, focused on various treatment strategies for these diseases. Teaching activities for residents and graduate students mainly concerns the following fields: retinal physiology, electrophysiology, morphology and clinical disease processes. For example I have lectured at the biannual Basic Science Course in North Carolina and in Wisconsin USA and in a biannual course in Ophthalmology in Barcelona, Spain. I’ve been invited speaker to various meetings and congresses on a world-wide basis, latest years in Italy, Korea, Australia and USA among other countries.

Willy Neumann
tn131 4c92f1f3e9186-1Dr Willy Neumann studied medicine at the University of Bochum and the University of Düsseldorf in Germany where he graduated in 1975. In 1983 he received his veterinary medicine (DVM) degree from the University in Giessen, Germany. Subsequently, he specialized in veterinary surgery at the Veterinary University Clinic in Giessen and became lecturer in veterinary surgery and ophthalmology in 1992.
He was one of the founder members of the ECVO, served as secretary of the ECVO and vice-president of the EBVS. Since 2000 he works in private practice for ophthalmology in Giessen and Kamen, Germany and since 2011 he is also the head of the eye clinic in Hochmoor, Germany.

Claudio Peruccio 
tn87 5107e95fe8c04DVM, Specialist Small Animal Diseases, Dip ECVO, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Torino, Italy until 2006. From 1974 his main interests are veterinary ophthalmology and comparative ophthalmology. He studied at the Veterinary Colleges in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and held the office of Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine, College of Vet. Med., University of Illinois, Usa. From 1993 is a diplomate and founder member of ECVO. Speaker and lecturer in many meetings in Italy and abroad. Author of many scientific publications and textbooks. Founder member of ISVO, President (1991-93). Founder member and member of the board of many international and national organizations as ECVO (Vice-president 1992-95), ESVO, AIVPA (President 1982-84), SCIVAC (Vice –president 1985-87), SOVI (President 1989-98), SINVET (Vice-president 1989-92). He started and was editor of the following Journals : Progress in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology, Progress in Veterinary Neurology, The Globe, Veterinaria, Ippologia. In 1997 he has been awarded with the WSAVA/WALTHAM International Award for Service to the Profession.

Currently, Claudio holds the following offices:
  • Chair of the Italian Panel of the Animal Health Foundation (FSA) and of the FSA Genetic Committee for the prevention of Hereditary Eye Diseases
  • Chair of the ECVO Planning Committee
  • ECVO Vice President
  • Board member ISVO Executive Committee
  • Director GruppoCVIT Academy
  • Editor of The Globe and HED Newsletters
  • Editor of the Journal Veterinaria

 Maurice Roze
tn137 4fbb40bbcd4c2 Maurice currently works at the Clinique Vétérinaire, 64 Bd Barry, 13013 Marseille, in France. He graduated from from Lyon/France Veterinary School in 1968 and became a Lecturer in Comparative Ophthalmology (Marseille Medicine University ) in 1984 and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1992. in addition, he obtained a Diploma in Microsurgical Research in 1985. Maurice has been actively involved in various aspects of the specialty over the years and has been President of GEMO (1988-1990), a member of the Executive Committee of the ESVO (1994-1999), Chairman of the ECVO Education Affairs Committee (1995-2003), Secretary of the ISVO (1997-2003) and President of the ISVO (2008-2009).

Antonio Solarino 
solarinoThe late Antonio Solarino was a very active veterinary ophthalmologist in Sardegna, Italy.
Throughout the 80s and 90s he was an external member of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sassari, Italy, and in that first decade he established the first Italian Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (SIOV). He was a regular speaker and lecturer in many meetings at home and abroad, the author of several scientific articles and the coauthor of the book by Peruccio entitled “Atlante di oftalmologia veterinaria”. Solarino was one of the Founding Members of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and, sadly, he passed away in 2008.

Frans Stades 
tn98 4c3c3cb116f0bDr. Stades first commenced his studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delft in 1959. After this, he completed his military service which he finished as First Cavalry Lieutenant. He then started his studies in veterinary sciences in 1963 and graduated in 1970 at the University of Utrecht, at which time he became an assistant in the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals. As no official veterinary residency programs existed at that time Dr Stades received his ophthalmic training at the Utrecht University human hospital with Drs. M.A.J. Verwer and Harlan Jensen (University Missouri, USA). He became Head of the section Ophthalmology in 1973, completed his PhD on PHTVL/PHPV in the Dobermann in 1983 and went on to become an Associate Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1985. Dr Stades became a Charter Diplomate, specialization in Ophthalmology, of the Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association in 1988, and a Charter Diplomate as well as first President of the ECVO in 1992. In 1994-95 he was President of the ISVO and for many years he was the ECVO representative in the EBVS. He is still in the Credentials and Genetics Committee of the ECVO. Despite his retirement from University in 2006, Dr Stades continues working in his private Ophthalmology practice and performing eye clinics at breed clubs in the Netherlands. In 2006 he was honored as Officer in the Dutch Order of Oranje-Nassau. In 2010 he was conferred Honorary Member of the ECVO.