Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs: Read & see if your animal can qualify

Posted by Raja on March 13th, 2012 — Posted in Health

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Raja and I are happy to share this news with our readers:

These eyes are watching out for you!

In May 2012, the 5th Annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event brings together veterinary ophthalmologists and thousands of service animals for free eye exams.  Registration begins April 1st for May 2012 event.

For dogs and other service animals who dedicate their lives to serving people, more than 200 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, are  providing free eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals.

Registration for service animal owners and handlers begins April 1, 2012 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org Log on and register your service pet!

During the exam, veterinary specialists look for problems including:  redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities.  Early detection and treatment are vital to your working animal.  “Our hope is that by checking their vision, we will be able to help a large number of service animals better assist their human friends,” says Stacee Daniel, Executive Director of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

A sampling of groups served since 2008 includes:  Transportation Security Agency, military working  dogs from Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Puppies Behind Bars, local fire, rescue and police agencies, and also individual service dog owners and handlers who rely on their amazing animals daily.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE 2012 EVENT:

To qualify, animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1, 2012 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org Registration ends April 30th. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area.  Contact a listed specialist to schedule an appointment. Appointments will take place during the month of May.  Times may vary  depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Raja’s favorite eye specialists, Dr. Brown and Dr. Holmberg of the Animal Eye Center of New Jersey will be participating for a week in May out of the Little Falls, NJ office (973-890-4430).

 

 

 

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