Free Eye Exams for Service Animals

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 13, 2012 – Eye Care for Animals, the nation’s leading veterinary ophthalmologist is providing free service dog eye exams during the month of May 2012. The 5th annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) /Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event recognizes guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and formally trained and certified therapy dogs who selflessly serve their communities throughout the year. In thanks, Eye Care for Animals has pledged its support by becoming a Bronze Sponsor of the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event and scheduling its nationwide team of board certified veterinary ophthalmologists to provide free service dog eye exams.

What Veterinary Ophthalmologists Look for During the Exam?

During the complete ocular exam, an Eye Care for Animals veterinary ophthalmologist will look for problems including redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities.

How to Schedule an Appointment

To qualify, animals must be “active working animals” 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. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1, 2012 at  Registration ends April 30th.  Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be able to contact their nearest Eye Care for Animals location to schedule an appointment.

About Eye Care for Animals

Eye Care for Animals is the leader in veterinary ophthalmology, treating more than 25,000 patients a year.  The board certified doctors at Eye Care for Animals use the latest veterinary ophthalmology equipment, which has enabled them to achieve the industry’s highest surgical success rate. Practices are located in Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

For more information, please contact Debbie Brinkoetter, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Eye Care for Animals (

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