Tuesday, April 2, 2013

May Free Eye Exam for Service Animals

Hollywood Animal Hospital and Animal Eye Guys,  in conjunction with the American College of Veterinarian Ophthalmologist and Merial will offer free eye exams to all service animals throughout the month of May.

To kick off to this month long event we are dedicating one full day,
May 8, 2013, to these loyal service animals. Guardians and handlers of all qualified service animals are invited to visit the clinic on May 8th for a free eye exam provided by Dr. Robert Swinger, D.V.M., Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Read more about Dr. Swinger.

"I will be checking for problems including redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities. Early detection and treatment are vital to these working animals," said Dr. Swinger. "It is truly an honor to provide exams for animals who so selflessly provide support to their people and communities."

To qualify, animals must be active working animals such as guide dogs, handicapped assistance animals, detection dogs, therapy animals, and search and rescue dogs that have been certified by a formal training program/organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization can be national, regional or local in nature.

Owners/agents for the animal(s) must first register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1, 2013 at http://www.acvoeyeexam.org/2013/animals/qualifications.shtml.
Registration ends April 30th. 

Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number. They can then simply call Hollywood Animal Hospital with that number to make an appointment.

"For 65 years, the veterinarians and staff of Hollywood Animal Hospital have been deeply devoted to companion animals and the people of South Florida," said Dr. Jim Herrington. "When Dr. Swinger presented the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam program to us, we jumped at the opportunity to participate."

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