The 4th Annual National Service Dog Eye Exam Event is taking place in May this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to take care of deserving dogs who do selfless work every day. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) has over 180 certified members ready to provide these FREE exams! Appointments must be made by April 29 for exams that will be conducted in May. Service dogs give us so much — we love the idea of giving back to them!
Eligible dogs must be active “working” dogs, certified by a formal training program or organization. Dogs currently enrolled in a formal training program also qualify. Service dogs, including: guide, hearing, handicapped assistance, search & rescue, police, detection and therapy dogs are eligible — as are other service animals (horses, cats, etc.) as long as they meet stated qualifications.
Veterinary specialists will be looking for eye and eyelid problems, such as redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other abnormalities. Early detection and treatment are critical to working animals. These exams are at no cost to the pet guardians.
Those desiring to participate must first register at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Once registered, appointments can be made for exams.
Registration ends on April 29 for May exams. Appointments are on a first come first served basis.