MedVet is providing complimentary eye exams the entire month of May to service dogs during the 11th Annual ACVO®/StokesRx™ National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. Three of MedVet’s medical centers are providing these screenings: Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, Ohio. These screenings are by appointment only. Nearly 60,000 service and working animals have received free screening eye exams since the program began, including approximately 7,500 last year. More than 150 of those service dogs are examined at MedVet each year.
MedVet’s two board-certified ophthalmologists 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. “It’s an honor to give back to dogs that help people every day,” says Dr. Terah Webb, the Ophthalmologist 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.”
In addition to weekday exams the entire month of May, MedVet will also be holding a special screening event to facilitate multiple specialty exams to service dogs. The events will be held on Sunday, May 20th at MedVet Columbus and MedVet Cincinnati. On this day, service dogs will receive more than just an eye exam from the ophthalmology department. Their appointment will include being examined by doctors from MedVet’s other specialty departments and will include a general physical exam. These screenings are by appointment only.
How to Register:
Online registration for these exams is open April 1-30. 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 MedVet 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: 614.431.4404 at Columbus, 513.561.0069 at Cincinnati, or 937.293.2714 at Dayton. Complimentary eye screenings are held the entire month of May at these three MedVet locations. MedVet is joining around 300 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico to provide free sight saving eye exams to improve the health and avert potential diseases for thousands of service animals. MedVet is proud to participate in this philanthropic event.