March 30, 2012
Boston, Mass., March 30, 2012 – Angell Animal Medical Center announced today that it has begun booking May appointments for free eye exams for guide dogs, handicapped assistant, detection and search and rescue dogs. The program is run in conjunction with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and runs during the entire month of May. Angell Ophthalmologists Dan Biros and Martin Coster are among an elite group of 180 board certified ophthalmologists across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico who provide free sight-saving exams to thousands of service dogs. Registration for service dog handlers and owners begins April 1, 2012.
How to Register
The program is open to active working dogs who have been certified by a formal training program or organization (or currently enrolled in a formal training program). Service dog handlers who wish to register for the program may do so by following three easy steps:
1. Register online at www.ACVOeyeexam.org
2. Contact Angell’s Ophthalmology service at 617-541-5095 to schedule an appointment
3. Visit Angell ophthalmologists at the appointed time for the eye health screening
Participating dogs will receive a comprehensive ocular exam. Doctors will check for health issues spanning redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities. Because early detection and treatment are vital to these working dogs, Drs. Biros and Coster try to fit in as many appointments as possible. Last year they were among 180 North American ophthalmologists who together examined over 3,200 active service dogs.
Said Dr. Coster, “We are excited to once again join with the ACVO to offer this essential service to a community of animals who are so essential to the humans who rely on their services. We intend to see as many dogs as possible during the month and will be ready to assist any who may need follow-on care should we detect any abnormalities during the initial free evaluation.”
For more information about Angell Animal Medical Center’s array of specialty services, including Ophthalmology, please click here.
Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 50,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 67 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With 31 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services.