Ophthalmologists to give free eye exam to service dogs

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is hosting its 3rd ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam event during the entire month of May 2010. Complimentary eye screening examinations will be offered to qualifying Service Dogs, no charges apply. Over 3,000 Service Dogs have received free examinations during the past two events.

Please invite your Service Dog clients and if possible your community public services departments to participate. Help us meet our goal of examining at least 5,000 dogs in 2010.

Veterinary ophthalmologists across the US and Canada will be participating in the program. Dogs that qualify include: handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and therapy dogs that are Delta Society certified. Dogs must be active ‘working dogs’ that were certified by a formal training program or organization or currently enrolled in a formal training program. Those that were examined in past events are welcome to participate again in 2010.

Registration for the event will begin April 1, 2010. Please direct your clients to visit www.acvoeyeexam.org for more information. This program is endorsed by the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association.

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