MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets is providing FREE eye exams the entire month of May to service dogs. These screenings are by appointment only. This is the Seventh Annual ACVO® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. Nearly 22,000 service animals throughout the U.S. and Canada have been examined since the program launched in 2008 more than 150 of those service dogs are examined at MedVet each year.

MedVet’s three board certified ophthalmologists will provide free eye exams the entire month of May to service dogs who dedicate their lives to serving the public. This includes search and rescue dogs, detection dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, and handicapped assistance dogs. “We are excited that we can give back to the community and provide eye care to the service and police dogs whose lives are dedicated to serving the public,” says Dr. Vanessa Kuonen Cavens, the Ophthalmology Specialty Leader at MedVet Cincinnati.

“It’s an honor to give back to dogs that help people every day,” says Dr. Terah Webb, the Ophthalmology Department Representative at MedVet Columbus. “Whether it’s a search and rescue dog helping a community or a disabled person’s life-line for independence, I love to interact with these dogs. It’s rewarding to detect a potential problem early that may limit their service or their comfort if left untreated.”

MedVet’s ophthalmologists have been contributing their time and expertise to service dogs for more than twenty years, joining the ACVO® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event seven years ago.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE 2013 EVENT:

Online registration for these exams is open April 1-30, 2014. To qualify, dogs must be “active working dogs” that were certified by a formal training program or organization or currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional, or local in nature. Before calling to schedule an appointment, first go online to register at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Specific service groups are also listed on the website. Once registered, please call MedVet’s ophthalmology department to schedule your appointment in Cincinnati at 513-561-0069, in Columbus at 614-846-5800, or in Dayton at 937-293-2714. Complimentary eye screenings are held the entire month of May at all MedVet locations. MedVet is joining the more than 250 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) board certified veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S and Canada to provide free sight saving eye exams to improve the health and avert potential diseases for thousands of service animals.

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