For the fourth year in a row Eye Care for Animals and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists are giving back to service dogs during the month of May with the National Service Dog Eye Exam Event.
The program is offered to preserve the sight of the service dogs that assist the public. When these skilled canines lose their eyesight or develop other health issues, the result can be devastating for the person or organization they help.
During the entire month of May, Eye Care for Animals clinics throughout the U.S is offering a free eye screening exam to ensure that the eyes of service dogs are healthy and strong.
Service dogs that are actively working and have been certified by a formal training program or are currently enrolled in a program are eligible. These include:
- Guide dogs
- Hearing dogs
- Handicapped assistance dogs
- Detection dogs
- Police dogs
- Search and Rescue dogs
- Certified Therapy dogs
- Other service animals including horses and cats.
More than 190 AVCO board certified veterinary ophthalmologists will donate their services for the National Service Dog Eye Exam event which actually takes place across America and Canada.
There is no cost to the animal’s guardian. Last year more than 3,200 dogs took advantage of the program.
The goals of the program are:
- To preserve the sight of those who serve us all selflessly.
- To strengthen referral relationships with general practice veterinarians.
- To gather data relative to work performance for future work recommendations.
- To benefit those who rely on Service Dogs; individuals and society.
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