ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Offering Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs During May
Dr. R. David Whitley, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, (515) 294-4900
Dr. Dan Betts, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, (515) 294-4900
Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, (515) 294-4900
Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, Veterinary Communications, (515) 294-4602
In 2009, more than 150 board-certified ophthalmologists provided free, sight-preserving exams to more than 1,500 service dogs, providing more than $500,000 worth of services. This year, more than 160 ophthalmologists will donate their services. The free exams at the Lloyd VMC will be provided by specialists in the veterinary ophthalmology section.
To be eligible for the free eye exams, dogs must be active working dogs (guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs and formally trained and certified therapy dogs) that have been certified through a formal training program. To find out if a dog qualifies and to register for a free eye exam, please visit the ACVO Web site at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Owners/handlers can register via the ACVO Web site April 1 through May 16. After registering, owners/handlers can make an appointment by calling (515) 294-4900.
Appointments are limited and will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.