Free eye exams for service animals at VMC

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

Dr. Anne Gemensky-Metzler and Dr. David Wilke, Ohio State’s board certified ophthalmologists, are part of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, which hosts this event. Hundreds of veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Canada offer sight assessments to thousands of service animals.

Service animals include dogs 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 sixth year the VMC has participated in National Service Dog Eye Exam Day.

“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

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 129 years, with expertise in animal care, research, teaching, and community involvement. Our Veterinary Medical Center serves 33,000 animal patient visits per year. Ohio State is the only veterinary school in the country on a campus with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges. 


Posted April 9, 2014