Gil Ben-Shlomo graduated with a DVM, followed by a PhD (mentored by Ron Ofri), from the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He went on to complete a residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Florida, and became a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Gil worked all of his professional life in the USA, mostly in Iowa State University, and briefly in Cornell before his sudden death in 2020. Nonetheless, he was a very active member of the ECVO, and at the time of his death served as Chair of the Planning Committee. Gil will be remembered as a co-editor of the 6th edition of Gelatt's Veterinary Ophthalmology, a reflection of a dedicated teacher, an accomplished researcher and a talented clinician.
Keith Barnett was one of the first Diplomates of ECVO when the College was founded in 1992 and was well known throughout Europe and the rest of the world. He started the Comparative Ophthalmology Unit at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, where he worked until the end of his career. His professional career spanned more than fifty years, earning him an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad. Keith became the first ECVO Honorary Diplomate in 2008 and was also made an Honorary Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) in the same year. Keith sadly passed away in 2009.
Bernard Clerc was a founding member of ECVO and served as ECVO President from 2001 to 2003. Bernard began the Ophthalmology Unit at the Veterinary College of Alfort and became the first professor in veterinary ophthalmology in France. Bernard was passionate about teaching throughout his career and started the first ECVO residency in France. His reputation was outstanding on a national and international level. Bernard sadly passed away in 2016.
Antonio Solarino was a founding member of ECVO and a leading veterinary ophthalmologist in Italy. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he was an external member of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sassari, Italy, and in that first decade established the Italian Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (SOVI). He was a regular speaker at many national and international meetings, the author of several scientific articles and a co-author of “Atlante di oftalmologia veterinaria” with Claudio Peruccio. Antonio sadly passed away in 2008.