Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center- Dublin adds specialty service
Beginning July 16, the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center in Dublin will offer pets in need of specialty eye care greater access to board-certified, veterinary ophthalmologists, due to the expansion of our service beyond our campus location to our Dublin facility. This service expansion complements the recently expanded orthopedic surgery service within the Dublin facility.
Until recently, non-emergency ophthalmology appointments at main campus have been booked nearly four months out, says Dr. Eric Miller, clinical assistant professor of Comparative Ophthalmology. “With eye cases, you never really know how serious the problem is until you evaluate, and since you don’t know, you can’t wait,” he says. “People appreciate our quality of patient care and client service, so our busy caseload is in large part due to word of mouth,” says Dr. Anne Metzler, professor and ophthalmology service head.
The Comparative Ophthalmology service at the VMC-Dublin will have two appointment days — Tuesday and Wednesday — allowing up to 15 cases to be seen each day, by one of our board-certified ophthalmologists, an registered veterinary technician (RVT) and veterinary assistant. “By expanding our initial exam services to the Dublin facility, we will be able to accommodate more surgeries at our campus location, improving service for all clients and their pets,” says Dr. Miller.
The addition of a third board-certified ophthalmologist in late 2018 — Dr. Georgina Newbold — makes this expanded access possible. The service team, which also includes three residents and three technicians, agrees this change will help expedite more cases. “We do better when we get the cases earlier,” adds Dr. Miller. “Vision and comfort is our motto.”
The Ophthalmology service at Dublin will operate on an outpatient basis, with appointments for a variety of common conditions, including corneal ulcers, dry eye and glaucoma. This team will not be providing emergency services and surgeries; these cases will continue to be scheduled at the VMC campus location.