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More than 4,000 Service Dogs to Get Free Eye Exams

March 27, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Golden Retriever Service DogGuide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public. So, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is launching the 5th Annual ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. The event is sponsored by ACVO, Merial, Ocu-GLO Rx, Canine Vision Supplement, Welch Allyn, Aventix, and Eye Care for Animals to help serve these dogs who dedicate their lives to serving us. Registration begins April 1st.

Last year the event served a record 4,000 service animals and the organization hopes to help even more this year.

More than 200 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, will provide free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of service dogs.

To qualify, dogs must be active “working animals,” certified by a formal training program or organization, or currently enrolled in a formal training program.  Other eligible service animals are welcome to participate.  Additional registration details can be found at ACVOeyeexam.org

Between April 1 and April 30, pet parents must first register the animal via an online registration form. The pet parent  receives a registration number and can then contact a participating veterinary ophthalmologist directly to schedule an appointment during the month of May. Appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t delay.

A huge thank you to these organizations that take such good care of the amazing animals who in turn take such good care of their people!

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