MSPCA-Angell Press Release

Angell Animal Medical Center Wraps Up Month of Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs

June 5, 2012

Boston, Mass., June 5, 2012 Angell Animal Medical Center announced today that its Ophthalmology team examined 27 service dogs in May as part of a national program to provide free eye exams, spearheaded by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).  Angell ophthalmologists Dan Biros and Martin Coster—both board certified in veterinary ophthalmology—examined a variety of working dogs during the month, and in so doing reinforced Angell’s steadfast commitment to continuously give back to the community.


Service Dogs of All Stripes Flock to Angell

The number of dogs examined during the month was matched only by the variety of breeds.  The team examined 12 “Seeing Eye” dogs—comprised of Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Labradoodles, as well as 15 “Therapy” dogs who perform various functions from comforting cancer patients at Boston Children’s Hospital, to participating in readings in Boston-area libraries and assisting people with Autism.  Several of the dogs also provide assistance to people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and other debilitating conditions.

 Angell Animal Medical Center's Dr. Martin Coster with Lance Woodley and Judith Tucker of the MS Service Dog Program in Boston, along with Tiger (left) and Brinkley (right).  Both dogs passed their exam with flying colors (Credit: Angell Animal Medical Center).


Fortunately, said Dr. Coster, most of the exams revealed the dogs to be in very good health: “We’re very glad to find that all of the dogs have generally excellent vision with no apparent eye disease.” 


The doctors credit the dogs’ caretakers for their excellent condition.  Said Dr. Biros, “These dogs are all in excellent physical condition and it’s clear they derive great satisfaction from the work they perform on a daily basis.  I’m very impressed with their caretakers’ ability and commitment to safeguard the dogs’ health and wellbeing.”


All dogs received a comprehensive ocular exam; the doctors checked for health issues spanning redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities.  Angell Animal Medical Center expects to continue participating in the national program as a way to give back to the Boston-area community, and reinforce just how crucial these dogs are for the people who rely on them.


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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.