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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 or owners must pre-register their service dogs between now and April 29 with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
Ohio State’s board certified ophthalmologists are participating with hundreds of veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Canada offering these eye assessments to thousands of service dogs as part of the ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Day.
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 fourth year the VMC has participated in National Service Dog Eye Exam Day. In 2011 the VMC provided 19 free exams.
“We really enjoy the opportunity to work with these wonderful service dogs and their owners and handlers and hope to increase our numbers examined again this year, says Dr. Anne Metzler, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. “Vision screening is a very important part of their 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.