The Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo
ISVO Basic Science Course Bursary

We hope to offer this annually. Please help us to do that by donating here

The ISVO in association with Anna, Roni, and Noam Ben-Shlomo are pleased to announce a Basic Science Course bursary of USD $2,000 in memory of Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo (1970-2020).

Gil joined the ISVO as our webmaster and social media manager in 2012 – a time when the ISVO had absolutely no digital presence. As such, he built from the ground up, the website and Facebook page that continue to serve our international community so well today. He joined the ISVO Board in 2015 and became our President in 2019. Gil is remembered as a passionate educator and role model, especially for those from countries where veterinary ophthalmology is still in its more foundational stages. More information on the amazing work Gil did is available in the 2020(3) issue of The Globe which was dedicated to his achievements in international veterinary ophthalmology.

It is fitting therefore that we inaugurate a bursary in Gil’s name to support a deserving individual’s attendance at the ACVO Basic Science Course (BSC). For 30 years, this course has furthered the understanding of basic scientific principles, pathophysiology of diseases, and principles and applications of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in veterinary and comparative ophthalmology, and remains the premier such course in the world.

The bursary will provide USD $2,000 to one person who has already or will register for the BSC. Additionally, the ISVO was delighted that – for the inaugural year (2024) – the ACVO generously agreed to waive the registration costs for the bursary awardee, thereby permitting them to assign the entire bursary towards travel and accommodation costs associated with the course.

In accordance with Gil’s history of supporting those with fewer vocational opportunities in comparative ophthalmology, the selection criteria will include an assessment of the applicant’s need and the impact that attendance at the BSC will have on the individual and their career path. Although veterinarians currently in a residency training program are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those for whom residency training is not possible or for whom such opportunities are limited. People who have attended the BSC in prior years will not be eligible.

It is hoped that this bursary can be offered annually. Therefore, we encourage donations toward this bursary in Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo’s name. If you are in a position to support this effort, please make your donation here.


Please join the ISVO in thanking Gil’s wife, Anna, and their daughters, Roni and Noam, for conceiving of the need for this bursary, and others whose generosity has ensured that it may be offered, including the ACVO Board of Regents for their generous contribution in the inaugural year. We believe that this is a very fitting tribute to Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo and hope you will join us in this venture.


 Generously sponsored by

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

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