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Free eye exams for service dogs at Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center

Veterinary
ophthalmologists from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC)
will offer free sight-saving eye exams for service dogs in May. Service Dog
handlers and owners must pre-register between now and April 30 with the American College of Veterinary
Ophthalmologists
.

Ohio
State’s board certified ophthalmologists are part of the ACVO®/Merial®
National Service Dog Eye Exam Day, during which hundreds of veterinary
ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Canada offer sight assessments to
thousands of service dogs.

Service
dogs include those that assist people who have physical limitations, as well as
search and rescue dogs, police dogs, lead dogs, and pilot dogs. These animals
are devoted helpers to their owners so it is important that they are in optimal
health.

This
is the fifth year the VMC has participated in National Service Dog Eye Exam
Day. In 2012 the VMC provided 25 free exams.

“We
really enjoy the opportunity to work with these wonderful service dogs and
their owners and handlers,” said Dr. Anne Gemensky-Metzler, professor of
Veterinary Clinical Sciences. “We hope to increase our number of exams again
this year. Vision screening is a very important part of wellness care.
Fortunately, most of the abnormalities that we have found in past years have
been minor and not sight-threatening.”

In
order to participate, dogs must be active "working dogs" that were certified by
or currently enrolled in a formal training program or organization; owners or agents
for the dog(s) must register the animal online at  www.acvoeyeexam.org.

Once
registered, the owner or agent can call The Ohio State University Veterinary
Medical Center at (614) 292-3551 to schedule an appointment.

About the college

Established in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary
Medicine has led the veterinary profession for over 128 years, with expertise
in animal care, research, teaching, and community involvement. Our Veterinary
Medical Center serves 35,000 animal patients per year. Leadership in animal
care includes expertise in all specialty areas, cutting edge diagnostic
capabilities - many in partnership with The Ohio State University Medical
Center – and clinical trials that provide our patients with the latest
treatments available. Many of our veterinarians hold joint appointments in The
Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and Nationwide Children’s
Hospital. 

"Ohio State is the only veterinary school in the country on a campus
with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges," said Lonnie J. King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine. "We
are proud to be recognized among the top in the nation, and plan to continue to
provide leadership in the field as we strive to ensure a healthier world."

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