This May the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) will offer free eye exams to service dogs and other service animals. This is the 9th year that AVCO has held its National Service Animal Eye Exam program. Since its inception in 2008, over 45,000 Service Animals have received free eye exam screenings – more than 7,000 in 2015 alone.
The goal of the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event is to provide as many free screening exams as possible to eligible Service Animals across the U.S. and Canada throughout the month of May.
The event will provide a free screening-wellness eye exam to Service Animals including those provide the following services: guide, hearing assistance, drug detection, police/military, search and rescue, therapy, and those assisting people with disabilities other than blindness.
Please note that the eye exams are only available for REAL service dogs. Here are ACVO’s criteria dogs must meet to qualify for a free eye exam:
“All animals must be formally trained, certified, currently working service animals OR formally trained therapy animals with proof of active registration. (Additionally, due to the IAADP’s extensive membership requirements and screening, the ACVO will permit “current, active, Partner Members” of this organization to participate in the program.) Those currently enrolled in a formal service animal training program may also qualify, but is based upon clinic availability. Qualification paperwork for the training and current work status of either the Service Animal or therapy animal MUST be provided to the clinic at the time of the exam, in additional to the registration number provided in the confirmation email generated by the online registration. Please note that clinics may have limited availability.”
Puppies and non-canine service animals are eligible for the free eye exams as well. Click here to get more information about the guidelines.
Veterinary Ophthalmologist in these Washington cities will be offer free eye exams to service animals in May:
A full contact list with clinic names and numbers will be provided to clients via confirmation email only after registration is complete. Registration begins today through April 30.
You can get more information at the ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Event website.