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2019 Annual Conference


September 28-29, 2019

Gatlinburg, TN

The Edgewater Hotel

10 CEUs available for full conference attendees.

Saturday, September 28


Registration 7:30-8:30


8:30 - 10:00    Disease of the Orbit and Feline Herpes Virus  - Dr. Dan Ward


10:00 - 10:15    Break


10:15 - 12:00    Blindness - Dr. Dan Ward


12:00 - 1:00    Lunch


1:00 - 2:00  Glaucoma - Dr. Dan Ward or Dr. Diane Hendrix


2:00 - 3:15  Common retinal conditions in dogs and cats  - Dr. Diane Hendrix


3:15- 3:30    Break


3:30 - 5:00    Corneal ulceration and keratitis – Complicated corneal disease  - Dr. Diane Hendrix


Sunday, September 29


8:00 - 9:30    What the Iris Can Do: Interpreting Anterior Chamber Disease - Dr. Diane Hendrix


9:30 - 9:45    Break


9:45 - 11:15    Ocular manifestations of select systemic diseases - Dr. Diane Hendrix


Complicated corneal ulcers

Blindness in dogs

Orbital diseases

Herpesvirus in cats

Uveal disease

Selected ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease

Speakers ​

Daniel Ward, DVM, PhD, DACVO


  • D.V.M., University of Tennessee 1985

  • Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Georgia 1990

  • Post-doc, Clinical Pharmacology, University of Georgia 1990


  • Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Georgia 1989

  • Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 1991


Dr. Ward was born and raised in the Frayser section of Memphis. He attended Christian Brothers High School and Christian Brothers College, where he majored in chemical engineering. He attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee, after which he spent time in private small animal practice in Greenville SC. He did his ophthalmology residency, doctoral studies and post doc at the University of Georgia. He joined the University of Tennessee faculty in 1990.

Diane Hendrix, DVM, DACVO


  • D.V.M., University of Tennessee, 1990

  • B.S., University of Tennessee, Animal Science 1988


  • Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology - University of Florida 1995

  • Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 1995


Dr. Hendrix was born in California and moved to Signal Mountain, Tennessee when she was young. She attended Red Bank High School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for her undergraduate studies. She also attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee, after which she completed a small animal internship at North Carolina State University. She then spent 2 years in small animal private practice in Durham, North Carolina. She did her ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1995 and joined the University of Tennessee faculty that same year.



Founded in 1977 as an informal gathering, the East Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association has grown to be an annual professional development opportunity for veterinary professional across the region. As a non-profit foundation, the ETVMA directs all proceeds from the annual conference to scholarships for veterinary students and to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Board Members:

Dr. Richard Hewitt, President

Dr. Bob Denovo, Member

Dr. Ken Chamness, Member

Dr. Pat Hackett, Member

Dr. Barbara Reeve, Member

Dr. Jim Hammon, Member

Dr. Randy Hammon, Member

Dr. Sally Poston, Member


Sharon Weaver, Administrator

Amanda Davis, Web Administrator 






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