Maggs grew up in Lilydale, north-east of Melbourne, and graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 1998. He spent two years working in mixed practice back in Lilydale, before locuming throughout the United Kingdom for a further three years.
He then moved to the United States, where he completed a small animal internship and then an equine internship at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri.
Maggs is now Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, and will give six lectures at the FASAVA Congress 2017.
“I’ve been a veterinarian for 30 years now and I hate sitting through a lecture and, at the end, thinking, ‘well that’s never going to be of any use to me’. So I try to highlight in my lectures the things that I know will really help general practitioners,” he said. I have a series of things I call TIWIKIPs (i.e. Things I Wish I Knew In Practice) because I did use to be a real vet!”
“That’s where the practicality of my lectures comes from. I try to remember the things that caused me a problem in practice or why I find things easier now that I’m in specialty practice, and I try to crystallise those issues into topics for my lectures.”
FASAVA lectures include:
• Pearls of the ophthalmologic exam
• The seven colours of corneal pathology
• My approach to non-healing ulcers
• The patient’s eye is red. What now?
• Glaucoma in dogs
• Ophthalmic emergencies
David Maggs will speak on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 August. Registration is now open.