Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: CPCS (Research Programme)

Clinical Groups: Small Animal Ophthalmology

Christiane graduated from Berlin, Germany 2001 and became board certified in the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2014 after completing her residency program at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK.

Despite her clinical work and experience she gained in small and equine ophthalmology over the years, her passion and focus has been on corneal research in dogs and cats. This includes a doctoral thesis on corneal innervation in dogs and cats (2003), followed by a post-doc establishing in vivo confocal microscopy of the cornea in veterinary ophthalmology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich in cooperation with a private ophthalmology referral clinic (2003-2005), followed by an ocular pathology fellowship (2008, Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratories of Wisconsin, Wisconsin University). She then became interested in the area of canine stem cell research and finished her PhD 2020 at the stem cell department of the Animal Health Trust and the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London.

Christiane has presented her work internationally, has published in scientific journals such as Veterinary Ophthalmology, Veterinary Pathology, Cytometry, Cytometry, Stem Cells and Development, and is a member of the ECVO scientific committee. She joined the Royal Veterinary College as Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology in October 2019.

  • Kafarnik C, McClellan A, Dziasko M, Daniels JT, Guest DJ. Canine Corneal Stromal Cells have multipotent mesenchymal stromal cell properties in vitro. Stem Cells Dev. 2020 Jan 23. doi: 10.1089/scd.2019.0163. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Enache AE, Mitchell C, Kafarnik C, Waller AS. Streptococcus canis multilocus sequence typing in a case series of dogs with ulcerative keratitis. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2019) Sep 30. doi: 10.1111/vop.12714
  • Busse C., Kafarnik C., Linn-Pearl R. et al. Phenotype of macular corneal dystrophy in Labrador Retrievers: a multicenter study. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2019). Jan30 doi: 10.1111/vop12596
  • Paterson, Y.Z., Kafarnik C. and Guest D.J. Characterization of Companion Animal Pluripotent Stem Cells. Cytometry A. 2018 Jan;93 (1):137-148. doi: 10.1002/cyto.a.23163. Epub 2017 Jul 5. Review
  • Dawson C., Naranjo C., Sanchez-Maldonado B., Fricker G.V., Linn-Pearl R.N., Escanilla N., Kafarnik C., Gould D.J., Sanchez R.F., Matas-Riera M. Immediate effects of diamond burr debridement in patients with spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defects, light and electron microscopic evaluation. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2017); Jan; 20 (1):11-15
  • Holloway, A., Donaldson D., Kafarnik C. Imaging diagnosis: Thrombosed orbital varix in a dog. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound (2015) Sep-Oct;56 (5): E58-64. doi: 10.1111/vru.12232.
  • Busse, C., Kafarnik C., Hartley C., Pivetta M. Ocular alkaline injury in four dogs – presentation, treatment and follow-up – a case series. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2015); 2: 127-134
  • Kafarnik, C., Donaldson D., Payne R., Powell S.E., Holloway A. Intradiploic haematoma with secondary exophthalmos in a mare. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2014); 17 Suppl 1:168-173
  • Kafarnik, C., Calvarese S., Dubielzig RR. Canine mesenchymal hamartoma of the eyelid. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2010); 13: 94-98
  • Kafarnik, C., Dubielzig RR. Canine duplication of Descemet’s membrane. Veterinary Pathology (2009); 46: 464-473
  • Kafarnik, C., Dubielzig RR. Corneal stromal invasive squamous cell carcinoma: a retrospective morphological description in 10 horses. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2009); 12: 6-12
  • Kafarnik, C., Fritsche J., Reese S. Corneal innervation in mesocephalic and brachycephalic dogs and cats: assessing using in vivo confocal microscopy. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2008); 11: 363-367
  • Kafarnik, C., Fritsche J., Reese S. In vivo confocal microscopy of the in normal corneas of cats, dogs and birds. Veterinary Ophthalmology (2007); 10: 222-230.

Dr. Kafarnik has a great interest for Teaching and Veterinary Education and will be enrolled in the PGCertificate Program of Higher Education. She teaches undergraduate BVetMed students and is part of the clinical education of the ECVO Ophthalmology graduate program at the RVC.

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