This May the American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists (AVCO) will partner with StokesRx for the the 10th Annual National Service Animal Eye Exam Event that will take place in veterinary clinics across the country.
The event was originally prompted by ACVO’s recognition that many of its board-certified ophthalmology specialists were providing free eye exams for eligible service dogs.
By expanding on these individual events and creating the annual event in 2008, veterinary ophthalmologists have been able to perform more than 52,000 free eye exam screenings – 7,400 in 2016 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., Canada, and Puerto Rico, throughout the month of May. And for the first time ever, other international members across the globe have been invited to participate.
Service Animals that may qualify include: guide, disability assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and also certified-current, registered therapy animals.
This year’s event is sponsored by ACVO® and Stokes Pharmacy, as well as several generous industry sponsors. Participating board-certified ophthalmologists volunteer their services, staff and facilities at no charge for Service Animals and their owners/agents to participate in the event.
To qualify, Service Animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Click here for more qualification details.
Clinics in the following cities in Washington will participate in the event: Bellingham, Kirkland, Pullman, Renton, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Olympia.
Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration begins at 8AM Mountain Standard Time through the end of April.
After registering, dog owners/agents will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists. They may then contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place in May.
Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so owners/agents are encouraged to register and make appointments early.