Veterinary Ophthalmology CE at Lake Chatuge

Provides 7 total CE Credits

When: Sunday, August 25, 2024, 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM (7 CE hrs)

Where: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge (Georgia’s Only Lakeside Mountain Resort)

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to expand your knowledge in ophthalmology with the renowned Dr. Robert Swinger, DVM, DACVO. Embrace the chance to enhance your expertise while relaxing in the beautiful “Enchanted Valley” of North Georgia. Register now and look forward to an enriching and enjoyable day! This event is limited to the first 30 registrants, so secure your spot today!

Why Attend?

  • Expert Instruction: Learn from Dr. Robert Swinger, a leader in veterinary ophthalmology.
  • Scenic Venue: Enjoy the breathtaking views and amenities at The Ridges Resort.
  • All-Inclusive: Registration includes lunch and access to resort activities.

Program Highlights

  • Feline Ophthalmology: Understand and treat common feline eye diseases.
  • Ocular Procedures and Surgery: Learn hands-on procedures you can perform in your clinic.
  • Glaucoma Management: Master medical and surgical approaches to this challenging condition.
  • Corneal Ulcer Management: Get expert advice on treating different types of corneal ulcers.



Robert Swinger, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003.  After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in 2004, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship and residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital before returning to Florida in 2011 to launch Animal Eye Guys. Animal Eye Guys has several locations across South Florida extending on the east coast from Miami to Coral Springs and on the west coast from Fort Myers to Naples. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

In his work environment, Dr. Swinger enjoys teaching and taking active roles in the clinic’s internship/residency programs. He is an active lecturer/wet lab instructor across the nation including the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, The Gulf Atlantic Veterinary Conference, Vet Vacation CE and many local events for his referring veterinary community. He currently serves on the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Executive Board and is a member of the Wedgewood Medical Advisory Board. Outside of the veterinary arena, Dr. Swinger enjoys spending time with his family (which includes his twins, Keegan and Francesca, and a toy poodle, Sophia) and enjoys the outdoors.


  1. Feline Ophthalmology: Cats are not dogs, and as such, their ophthalmic diseases are often treated very differently. We will review common diseases specific to our feline patients (cornea, conjunctiva, uvea, and chorioretina), as well as therapies that work. We will also discuss a few tips of the trade that may make both patients and their owners happier and more compliant.
  2. Ocular Procedures and Surgery in your Practice: This session will take us through a video and picture tutorial to review basic procedures and surgeries that can be performed in your clinic pending your comfort level and experience. We will review what surgical instruments should be in your “eye” pack. Surgical procedures discussed will include temporary eyelid tacking, nasolacrimal flushing, entropion repair, eyelid margin mass removal, replacement of prolapsed glands of the nictitans, enucleation, and corneal debridement and keratotomy.

  3. Glaucoma in Veterinary Medicine – Surgical and Medical Management: Glaucoma in our veterinary patients is often a devastating and exhausting disease that eventually leads to discomfort and blindness. Early recognition, understanding how it manifests, and knowing what drug therapies are appropriate will significantly improve your management outcome. We will review current medical treatments and management protocols, in addition to surgical intervention (gonioimplants and laser cyclophotocoagulation). Aggressive treatment and careful monitoring can provide many of these patients extended comfortable, sighted years.

  4. Don’t Have a Meltdown…..A Discussion of Corneal Ulcer Management: One of the most common ophthalmic complaints to your practice will be a corneal ulcer. This case-based, photographically driven session will break corneal ulcers up into three groups: simple, non-healing/non-infected, and infected/malacic. We will review how to appropriately treat and manage each group and discuss when and why a referral may be warranted.


The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge
3499 US HWY 76 W, Hiawassee, GA 30546

Use Group Code GVMACE24 to book your discounted room of $179/night by July 31 (7/31)!

Call to book: (706) 896-2262


Located in the “Enchanted Valley” of North Georgia– this beautiful lakefront location offers magnificent views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Take in the fresh mountain air from your private patio, join family and friends for evening smores by the fire, or enjoy a restful night’s sleep wrapped in plush bedding. With newly renovated rooms and communal areas equipped with southern comforts, you’ll feel right at home. Relax, unwind and enjoy. Whether you’re looking to get on the water in a pontoon, burn some calories in a kayak, challenge your friends at Splash Island, or relax and enjoy the view–you’ll encounter endless opportunities for fun and relaxation.

Run. Jump. Bounce. Slide. Splash.

Splash Island is an inflatable on-water obstacle course that provides hours of high-energy fun for persons of all ages*. It’s designed to ensure every “Splasher” has an amazing experience and is the perfect attraction for those seeking over-the-top adventures, mind-blowing acrobatic thrills, and safe, yet fun, athletic challenges. These challenges are sure to appeal to “Splashers” of all ages and abilities!


Date of RegistrationPremier MembersIndividual Members Non-Members
On or Before July 31$225$295$500
After July 31$225$375$650

Provides a total of 7 CE Credits

Space is very limited! Save your spot now!